Smart Orthopedic Implants
This article was originally published in Start Up
In orthopedics’ next generation, start-ups believe it will be advances in information, gathered by implanted sensors, that will yield the greatest improvements in outcomes, not hardware. We profile OrthoData and Ortho-tag.
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