Utilizing emulation to provide a means to rapidly test-drive enable evidence-based personalized prescriptions to optimize patient outcomes and justify reimbursement has been one of Humotech’s primary objectives since the company’s inception. Foundational research & development began at Carnegie Mellon University, and then was licensed to Humotech and further developed & evaluated by a variety of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) research centers. This work started with emulating prosthetic feet test-drive strategies, with an emphasis on optimizing subjective patient satisfaction outcomes, and is now expanding in a variety of directions including the use of balance-related outcomes and emulation of ankle-foot orthoses, to name a few.
Lead by David Morgenroth at the VA Puget Sound, along with second and third study sites at the VA Minneapolis lead by Andrew Hansen and the Brook Army Medical Center lead by Lee Childers, and support related to subjective outcome measures from Brian Hafner.
“A Prosthetic Foot Test-Drive Strategy for Improving Stability and Falls-Related Outcomes in Veterans with Leg Amputations”
Lead by David Morgenroth at the VA Puget Sound, with a second study site at the VA Minneapolis lead by Sara Koehler, and support related to balance-related outcome measures from Andrew Sawers.
“Optimizing Ankle-Foot Orthotic Prescription Using an Emulation Test-Drive Strategy”
Lead by Brad Hendershot at Walter Reed, with a second study site at the VA Puget Sound lead by David Morgenroth.
Featured Research Publications
Emulating the effective ankle stiffness of commercial prosthetic feet using a robotic prosthetic foot emulator: a methods and validation study
Halsne EG, Curran CS, Caputo JM, Hansen AH, Hafner BJ, Morgenroth DC. (2022) ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.
Turner AT, Halsne EG, Caputo JM, Curran CS, Hansen AH, Hafner BJ, Morgenroth DC. (2022) PLOS ONE.
Comparing forefoot and heel stiffnesses across commercial prosthetic feet manufactured for individuals with varying body weights and foot sizes
Ruxin T, Halsne EG, Turner AT, Caputo JM, Curran CS, Hansen AH, Hafner BJ, Morgenroth DC. (2022) Prosthetics & Orthotics International.
Effects of shear force reduction during mechanical testing and day-to-day variation on stiffness of commercial prosthetic feet: a technical note
Halsne EG, Turner AT, Curran CS, Hansen AH, Hafner BJ, Caputo JM, Morgenroth DC. (2022) Prosthetics & Orthotics International.