Imperative Care’s Ariel Sutton continues the discussion on elevating stroke care across the entire patient journey at DeviceTalks West
Ariel Sutton, general manager of stroke at Imperative Care, will moderate a panel discussion on elevating care across the patient journey at DeviceTalks West 2023. Sutton recently appeared on the DeviceTalks Weekly podcast, where she discussed the company’s mission to improve the entire patient journey, from the onset of stroke to recovery.
On the podcast, Sutton explained that Imperative Care’s vision “started with this idea that you could take a larger catheter deeper in the brain to be closer to the clot to remove the clot for ischemic stroke.” The company has since evolved to focus on creating more access for patients. “Nearly 80 mil Americans live more than 20 miles away from a hospital capable of performing these procedures. Given the critical importance of time in stroke treatment, it’s crucial to get patients to a hospital where they can be treated by a well-trained physician with the right technology,” said Sutton.
Imperative Care’s approach to stroke treatment involves a system of catheters of different sizes to navigate the brain’s vessels, which become smaller and more tortuous as they go deeper into the brain. Sutton highlighted the company’s innovative catheter design, which features a 60-degree angled tip that improves the ability to engage and remove clots.
In addition to its catheter technology, Imperative Care is internally developing a robotics program to further improve access to stroke treatment. Sutton shared, “We have catheters that are becoming the standard of care … and now have the advantage of really being able to take that same system approach to how do we create a robot and catheter technology combined system that will allow more patients to be treated.”
On the podcast, Sutton also discussed Imperative Care’s focus on patient recovery. She revealed that the company has a program called Can Do, which pairs a nurse navigator with a patient for the first 90 days after a stroke. This program aims to help patients navigate their care and improve their outcomes in the initial period after experiencing the stroke.
For more from Sutton, listen to the DeviceTalks Weekly podcast episode, “Engineer-turned-exec Sutton lays out Imperative’s far-reaching strategy for treating stroke patients.”
On the DeviceTalks West panel, Sutton will moderate a discussion with executives from Imperative Care’s connected businesses on developing technologies that span the care continuum. Joining Sutton are Yi Yang, CTO of Imperative Care; Kirsten Carroll, CEO of Kandu Health; Richard Leparmentier, general manager of Telos Health; and Julia Fox, VP of product development, vascular, at Imperative Care Vascular.
The panelists will explore questions around identifying clinical needs that drive their technical development, share examples of how connecting innovations have benefited patients as well as challenges in implementation, and discuss their vision for how these technologies may transform care in the coming years. Attendees can expect insights into building a connected suite of medical technologies and the impact on improved long-term outcomes, expanded access, and a better overall patient experience.
Sutton’s work moderating the DeviceTalks West panel and her recent appearance on the DeviceTalks podcast demonstrate her mission to spark discussion around elevating the level of care for patients through integrated innovations. By convening leaders across the medtech industry, Sutton hopes to accelerate the movement toward connected care technologies that transcend singular touchpoints and instead transform the entire patient journey.
Connect with Aerial Sutton and the rest of the panelists in person at DeviceTalks West, October 18-19 in Santa Clara, Ca. and visit the DeviceTalks Weekly podcast to tune into Aerial Sutton’s episode and other episodes featuring interviews with medtech’s top executives.