LINK recognizes Swallow Solutions as most innovative

A new system to help skilled nursing residents with swallowing disorders took the top honors at the LINK Innovation Competition Monday night.

Swallow Solutions's SwallowSTRONG relies on technology to administer oropharyngeal strengthening therapy for those who suffer from dysphagia, a disorder that makes it difficult to swallow. Sensors in a mouthpiece measure pressure at different parts of the tongue, which lets the clinician customize therapy. The mouthpiece is custom-molded so that sensors stay in the same place. SwallowSTRONG's management system is hosted on a cloud-based platform that lets clinicians view patient progress and therapy controls.

“Hopefully this helps put swallowing disorders on more radars,”  CEO of Swallow Solutions Eric Horler said while accepting the award during the LINK reception at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel and Towers.

Avalere Health was second in the competition with its Vantage Care Positioning System, a web-based data visualization platform used to organize condition-specific episodes of care. Jintronix earned third place for its mobile therapy program, which engages patients with video games to better reflect their neuromotor and orthopedic impairments through diagnosis, treatment and tracking.

Thirty-one companies submitted entries to the competition, and judges selected eight finalists to present at the conference. The other finalists were ClinLogica, Innovacyn, Inc., Med-Mizer, OnShift and STANLEY Healthcare.

LINK runs through Wednesday, with speakers from different companies, and individual meetings between providers and vendors. The full schedule can be found here.