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New Scientific Approach in Assessment of Tender Joints

by Mohammad Khan, MD

Standardizing the Tender Joint Exam based on Scientific Technology with a Smart Glove Assessment Device.

Oklahoma City, OK Rheumatoid Arthritis

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About this project

The problem we solve:
To date no scientific instruments are available to validate and standardize a Joint Count and these assessments remain largely subjective to the Joint Assessor. Physician variability, depending upon the technique and the force used in Tender joint count assessments, can significantly impact the Disease Activity Scores. Both inter and intra-observer variability bias in assessing Tender Joint Count can be pivotal in impacting the outcome of a trial.

About our solution:
Tender Joint Count Assessments are significantly more accurate using the Smart JAG Device than with conventional Joint Assessments. Establishing a high degree of consistency over time to monitor therapeutic response and improved joint function.
Progress to date: We present a smart hand held glove device for Tender Joint Count Assessment. The first of its kind that allows standardizing a joint exam based on scientific rationale.

About Our Team


Dr. Mohammad Khan, MD
Rheumatology, Practicing Physician
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Medical school: JJM Medical College
Bio: Mohammad Faisal Khan, MD, FACR is board cert in Internal Medicine & Rheumatology. After graduation from JJM Medical College, he went to NY Med College for his IM residency followed by a Rheumatology fellowship at U of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is Assoc Professor of Medicine at OUHSC & closely involved in med student education. He has a research clinic & private clinic combined. Adviser/speaker for pharma companies.
Practice: Rheumatic Diseases Clinic of Oklahoma, PLLC
Hospital Affiliation: St Anthony Hospital
Title: Associate Professor of Medicine

About Our Company


Evolution Design, LLC
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Product stage: proto
Sales: Working on it
Employees: 3-5

How We Help Patients

Tender Joint Count (TJC) is a vital quality measure to assess the progression of Inflammatory Arthritis both from a therapeutic & a diagnostic standpoint. To date, no scientific instruments are available to validate and standardize a Joint Count and these assessments remain largely subjective to the Joint Assessor. Physician variability, depending upon the technique & the force used in Tender joint count assessments, can significantly impact the Disease Activity Scores. Establishing a high degree of consistency over time to monitor therapeutic response and improved joint function.The software records whether each joint is tender or swollen based upon the assessors input. The assessor will have 3 color coded buttons attached to the Glove. Green-non-tender, Yellow-tender & Red-swollen. At conclusion of the Joint Assessment, this software is able to give a total Tender Joint Count with memory capability that can be retrieved for comparison of tender joints and therapeutic efficacy

How We Help Education

The device measures tender joints with high accuracy and has less discrepancy between different users. Can be used by other health care personnel as joint assessors and has a high yield to assess therapeutic efficacy over time. It is also much less time consuming and standardizes tender joint exams by keeping the pressure consistent with less inter and intra observer variability. These results can then be graph plotted.

How We Help Physicians

We present a smart hand held glove device for Tender Joint Count Assessment. The FIRST of its kind that allows standardizing a joint exam based on scientific rationale.This smart device has the capability of connecting via wireless connection to computer software with a built-in voice recognition system. Tender Joints are captured by Assessor selecting ‘manual mode’ or ‘voice directed mode’ in real time. The software has an LED feature. Software features patient name, medical record number, date of birth and diagnosis. Once you select a patient, you move on to that specific patient chart. For each patient, a history of each exam is kept along with each joint count and when it was done. Tap the ‘New Exam’ button to start a new exam or find an existing patient by using the Search Bar. If you select a previous exam you will have the ability to view that particular joint count, DAS & graph information; even if the patient was seen by another physician within the same practice.

Challenge Mission

Mission: The first of its kind that allows standardizing a joint exam based on scientific rationale.
Use of funds: The funding will help get the JAG device out of prototype and steps closer to allowing Rheumatologists to use it in practice and clinical trials.
Intellectual Property Status: JAG device is the sole and exclusive property of Mohammad Faisal Khan, MD.
FDA Status: Our device should be FDA approved shortly.
Personal Message: Your time and attention to this presentation is appreciated. This has been a project of passion. Rheumatology has needed this level of standardization for Joint Assessment for many years.

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Mohammad Khan, MD
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Associate Professor of Medicine
JJM Medical College

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