New Osteoarthritis Study by Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Will Monitor for Pain in Canine Patients with the Help of Voyce Pro
Study to use remote monitoring to assess pain before and after oral medication to understand treatment effectiveness
CHANTILLY, VA (September 30, 2016) – i4C Innovations Inc., dba Voyce, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intersections Inc. (Nasdaq: INTX) and the creator of the Voyce Health and Wellness Management System™ and the Voyce Pro Wellness Monitoring Program™, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of a study with renowned Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, to monitor pain and activity in canine patients with osteoarthritis using the remote wellness monitoring program.
Dogs have the ability to hide pain. Dog owners may have a difficult time determining how their pet is feeling on a daily basis, resulting in non-diagnosed pain. If a dog owner does not realize a pet is painful, she may not schedule an examination for the pet.
In order to thoroughly evaluate pain and osteoarthritis, the researchers at Cornell University proposed utilizing Voyce Pro to track subtle changes like decreases in activity and increases in heart and respiratory rates. Such data has traditionally been difficult to monitor in a dog’s home environment. Through remote monitoring, Cornell University’s clinicians are attempting to determine therapeutic efficacy, to discern if there is a difference in a dog’s pain response before and after the patient is given an oral pain medication.
“We’re interested in evaluating objective data to assess and better diagnose pain, as well as treatment efficacy,” said Joseph J. Wakshlag, DVM, PhD, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and Chief Researcher in the study. “Our overall intention is to enhance both client compliance and outcomes for our canine patients, and to determine whether or not remote monitoring improves those results.”
Voyce Pro – designed specifically for veterinarians – enables remote observation of canine patients’ biometric data, including resting heart and respiratory rates, intensity of activity, quality of rest, distance traveled and calories burned using the Voyce Health Monitor™, which was initially developed in collaboration with Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, along with biomedical engineers and veterinary experts. The objective data collected from a dog’s home environment has never before been available to veterinarians and is used to drive better patient health and practice outcomes.
“The Cornell University study is in-line with the objectives of Voyce, which are to improve canine care and treatment. It is important to help identify and monitor pain more effectively, to ensure we are providing maximally effective, personalized care,” said Amanda Landis-Hanna, DVM and Director of Veterinary Medicine at Voyce. “Cornell University is a leader in veterinary medicine, recognized for its research excellence; we have partnered with Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine in research and development since our product’s inception, based on that reputation.”
Enrollment for the study has already begun, with the hope of ultimately having 40-50 dogs and their owners participating. Once complete, the scientific findings of the study will be published, with an abstract presentation. Dr. Wakshlag, who took part in the early clinical trials for Voyce, is double board-certified in Nutrition and Sports Medicine.
The study is open to dogs who are two years of age or older and who weigh more than 30 pounds. They must be diagnosed with osteoarthritis and cannot currently be treated with NSAID, morphine-derived medications or steroids. Patients will be fully evaluated at Cornell University including pain indexing. For full details of the study, please visit: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/ClinicalTrials/Trials/osteoarthritis.cfm. To participate, please call 607.253.3060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How the Voyce Pro Program Works
Canine patients are enrolled in the Voyce Pro program based on a veterinary recommendation. The patient is provided a Voyce Health Monitor, worn comfortably around the dog’s neck. Data parameters are set for each patient, based on their individual conditions or needs, and the Voyce Pro Wellness Monitoring Program will alert the veterinarian if the key vital signs and wellness indicators move outside of those set parameters. Unprecedented biometric data collected from the Voyce Health Monitor will sync with the interactive and user-friendly Veterinary Dashboard – easily accessible from any web-enabled device – that provides access to information about each patient enrolled in the Voyce Pro program.
To learn more about Voyce Pro and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine study, please contact Shannon Stevens at Fetching Communications at 631.569.2285 or Shannon.email@example.com. Product information and support for Voyce Pro is available at http://voycepro.com/.
Voyce is comprised of a diverse team of passionate individuals committed to building a suite of unique products and services for the companion animal market. As part of its comprehensive approach to pet wellness, Voyce brings a new era of personalized care to pets – where pet parents and veterinarians are empowered with unprecedented insights and tangible information about the health and wellbeing of each individual dog. I4C Innovations, dba Voyce, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intersections Inc. and is headquartered in Chantilly, VA. For more information, please visit http://voyce.com/.
Intersections Inc. (Nasdaq: INTX) provides innovative, information-based solutions that help consumers manage risks and make better-informed life decisions. Under its IDENTITY GUARD® brand and other brands, the company helps consumers monitor, manage and protect against the risks associated with their identities and personal information. The company’s subsidiary Habits at Work provides insurance and other services that help consumers manage risks and achieve personal goals. The company’s i4C Innovations subsidiary provides VOYCE™, a groundbreaking pet wellness monitoring system for pet owners and veterinarians. Headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, the company was founded in 1996. To learn more, visit www.intersections.com.
About Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
A leader in academic veterinary medicine, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, NY, has been working for over 150 years to keep animals and people healthy. Situated within a world-class research facility, the institution has contributed to the Cornell fabric since the founding of the university. Its mission is to advance veterinary medicine at the interface of discovery and application. Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine promotes research at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels to better inform the practice of medicine, public health, and policy. It is dedicated to excellence in research, educational programs and professional service and seeks to advance understanding of both animal and human health, foster open collaboration across disciplines and institutional boundaries, and integrate discovery with application.