Lew believes that MediTouch’s rehabilitation technology “takes the next step” with balance and mobility rehabilitation technology. The BalanceTutor is the first commercially available rehabilitation system that takes full advantage of recent clinical research demonstrating that perturbation treadmill training is an essential component of both neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation. A major focus for Lew over the next year will be in establishing a number of clinical sites with opinion leading rehabilitation programs and working with them to develop the customer education programs necessary to bring the company’s technology into broad clinical use.
Prior to founding Neurocom, Lew was a research scientist at the Neurological Sciences Institute at the Oregon Health and Sciences University. During his tenure as a researcher, Lew published over 70 original articles and book chapters in the field of human movement and balance control.
Lew earned BS and MS degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His ScD degree, also from MIT, focused on automatic control systems, systems engineering, and neuroscience.
MediTouch firstly targeted hand rehabilitation indications and launched its HandTutor™ system with CE and FDA certification in 2008. The HandTutor™ system is now used world wide in major rehabilitation faciltities, private occupational and physiotherapist practices and by home care patients.
In 2011 MediTouch launched three new Tutor products. Firstly, the ArmTutor™ allows for evaluation and virtual functional task evaluation of the arm including the shoulder and elbow. Secondly the LegTutor™ was introduced to allow evaluation and virtual functional task treatment of the hip and knee. Finally, the 3DTutor™, a wireless sensor was introduced. The 3DTutor™ can be positioned on several parts of the body and compliments the ArmTutor™ and LegTutor™ to give complete upper and lower extremity evaluation and treatment solutions.
In 2014 MediTouch launched The BalanceTutor. It’s new technology allows the therapist to create postural perturbation such as a slip or a trip. Its advanced technology utilizes the platform’s movement in a medial/lateral and forward/backward direction while the patient is standing, walking or running allowing customized postural control practice in the specific gait phase that the therapist chooses to focus on. This allows for a vast range of physical therapy indications. It is the only rehabilitation system that employs an advanced 4D perturbation patented treadmill, multiple force and movement sensors and customized motivational video games.