Innovation drives all that we do for patients at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute. Our team of physicians and specialists is committed to using next-generation technology to advance care for patients with ALS, essential tremor and other neurodegenerative disorders.
We’ve already improved our in-clinic experience for patients with ALS by leveraging tablets and smart boards from Microsoft to streamline appointments and simplify communication.
But that’s just the beginning. With a suite of leading-edge tools straight out of science fiction, Microsoft is poised to usher in a new frontier in treatment for our patients and change lives.
You can turn that potential into reality.
With a suite of innovative devices, Microsoft is giving us the tools to provide our patients everything they need to feel whole again.
What it is: eye-controlled joystick
Who it’s for: people living with ALS or other motor-neuron disabilities
Though ALS will eventually compromise a patient’s motor function, it spares the eyes the longest. Eye Drive is a virtual joystick that, when paired with software running on a Microsoft Surface, it can restore patients’ freedom by allowing them to direct their wheelchair with their gaze.
Eye Drive Acuity
What they are: Eye Drive training apps
Who they’re for: people living with ALS
Just like you wouldn’t fly a plane without first training in a simulator, patients will get the most from Eye Drive by starting with a little virtual practice. These apps teach patients how to use their eyes to guide elements of an application screen, which can prepare them for the experience of an eye-controlled wheelchair.
What it is: mixed-reality headset
Who’s it for: neurosurgeons
Deep brain stimulation—a surgical procedure that involves implanting electrodes in the brain to treat tremors—requires extreme precision. Like something straight from Tony Stark’s workshop, the HoloLens 2 is a mixed-reality headset that will soon allow our surgeons to “see” what they’re doing inside the brain by overlaying digital MRIs and surgical plans onto the patient.
How you can help
We have the physicians, and Microsoft has supplied the technology. You can offer patients more independence and fuller lives with your gift to support:
• Data innovation coordinator – Ensuring that patients get the maximum benefit from these devices calls for an expert who can manage the technology’s application and collect data on its use. The data innovation coordinator will act as a conduit between Swedish and Microsoft’s team, guiding patients in the best use of the technology and gathering data and outcomes that can inform future advances.
• Research and education – These devices have the potential to both drastically improve the life of current patients, as well as open up opportunities for research and clinical trials that can make a difference for patients in the future. Your support will allow us to strengthen our partnership with Microsoft while accelerating this research and changing lives in real time.