Faculty Advisor

Popovic, Marko B.

Abstract

Microprocessor controlled lower-limb prosthetics provide many advantages over mechanical prosthetics such as, increased walking speed, decreased self-reported falls and stumbles, and boosted self-image. However, these devices remain out of the financial reach of the average prosthetic user. Interviews were performed with Hugh Herr, Bob Dzuranda, and prosthetists in the New England area in order to investigate a means to increase robotic prosthetic availability. It was determined that the prosthetics industry suffers from a slow billing code application process, Medicare-imposed fitness restrictions (on amputees that are likely to suffer from diabetes or obesity), insurance contracts that hurt prosthetist office profits, and private health insurance plans that restrict patients' options.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

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