BioPoly LLC of Fort Wayne has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Canada-based distributor Verve Medical Products Inc. to distribute the BioPoly partial resurfacing products throughout Canada.

Herb Schwartz, BioPoly president, said, “The introduction of BioPoly’s product portfolio into North America, specifically the Canadian market, is a major accomplishment for our company. Verve Medical Products is one of Canada’s leading medical device distributors, and we are looking forward to working with their team to provide Canadian orthopedic surgeons with a proven option for the treatment of articular cartilage defects.”

BioPoly implants have been used in knee surgeries throughout Europe since 2012. The fact that BioPoly partial resurfacing implants are designed to replace only the damaged cartilage of a patient’s joint, rather than replacing the entire joint, allows patients to quickly return to active, pain-free lifestyles. The key feature of the company’s implants is the BioPoly material, which is a patented combination of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene and hyaluronic acid. The material is essentially a “self-lubricated” polymer that is extremely biocompatible with cartilage tissues.

After it is implanted, the BioPoly material attracts joint fluid to its surface for lubrication, similar to native cartilage; thus, BioPoly implants are used to replace damaged cartilage in joints. The BioPoly family of partial resurfacing products (RS Knee, RS Patella, and RS Trochlea) are currently available throughout Europe, parts of Southeast Asia, and now Canada.

BioPoly knee products have not been FDA cleared. They are part of an FDA approved clinical study; however, they are not yet available in the U.S.

BioPoly LLC is an orthopedic implant manufacturer located in Fort Wayne. The company is developing, manufacturing and marketing products for use in sports medicine and orthopedics. Additional medical applications of the BioPoly technology in cardiovascular, spinal, and trauma markets also are being pursued.

Additional information about BioPoly LLC and its partial joint resurfacing technology can be found on the BioPoly website at www.biopolyortho.com.

Parkview named ‘most wired’ — again

For the seventh consecutive year Parkview Health has been named among the country’s “most wired” healthcare organizations. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has awarded Parkview Health its 2020 Digital Health Most Wired recognition.

The Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively health care organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities. Participants receive certification based on their overall performance, with Level 10 being the highest. This year, Parkview Health was certified at Level 9 in the acute care category and Level 10 for ambulatory care.

“The importance of connectivity — with our patients and our co-workers — became abundantly clear in the midst of the pandemic,” said Ron Double, chief information officer, Parkview Health. “Being named Most Wired for the past seven years shows Parkview’s commitment to incorporating technology that improves the health and well-being of our community. We are proud of the world-class teamwork that goes into building and using that technology for excellent care.”

“Digital technology has been a driver of innovation in healthcare for many years now, but never to the degree that we saw in 2020 with the pandemic,” said Russell P. Branzell, CHIME president and CEO. “The Digital Health Most Wired program underscores why health care organizations keep pushing themselves to be digital leaders and shows what amazing feats they can achieve. This certification recognizes their exemplary performance in 2020.”

A total of 30,135 organizations were represented in the 2020 Digital Health Most Wired program, which this year included four separate surveys: domestic, ambulatory, long-term care and international. The surveys assessed the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in healthcare organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry-leading.

Each participating organization received a customized benchmarking report, an overall score and scores for individual levels in eight segments: infrastructure, security, business/disaster recovery, administrative/supply chain, analytics/data management, interoperability/population health, patient engagement and clinical quality/safety. Participants can use the report and scores to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Holiday sales strategy with Google

The holidays may be the most wonderful time of year, but for retailers, it is also the busiest. A solid marketing plan can help businesses navigate the hectic sales days such as Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Co-sponsors SCORE Northeast Indiana and WEOC are hosting a Holiday Sales Google Livestream at noon Oct. 14 at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, 3201 Stellhorn Road. The event is free.

You will learn how to kickstart your customers’ holiday shopping season by marketing your business. Participants will discuss how to get in front of your customers and showcase what you offer using Google My Business, Google Ads, and more.

Business Owners, marketing professionals and those who work for nonprofits should attend. Register through eventbrite.com by searching on “Holiday Sales Google Livestream.”

Cindy Larson is a longtime Fort Wayne journalist and is a Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly reporter. To submit items, send email to clarson@kpcmedia.com or call 260-426-2640. Ext. 3369.

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