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The Cunningham Panel™ Animation Released by Understand.com® to Educate Physicians and Families About PANDAS and PANS

October 9th represents PANDAS/PANS Awareness Day.

Understand.com is excited to announce the release of The Cunningham Panel™ animation. Developed by Moleculera Labs™, the Cunningham Panel™ is the first and only series of laboratory tests available to help physicians diagnose and treat the infection-triggered autoimmune disorders known as PANDAS and PANS. This test can help to identify the level of autoimmune antibodies associated with PANDAS and PANS and the capability that these antibodies have to stimulate and trigger neurologic behavior. Elevated levels of these antibodies indicate that a child’s symptoms may be due to an infection-induced autoimmune response.

This custom animation explains the complex molecular processes behind PANDAS and PANS and how the revolutionary Cunningham Panel™ can help physicians in diagnosing these treatable autoimmune conditions.

Learn more about PANDAS, PANS, and The Cunningham Panel™ here.

Understand.com® Participates in the Discovery Museum’s New “Inside Out, an Anatomy Experience” Exhibit

Understand.com is thrilled to be a part of the “Organ Explorer” and “Orthopedic Procedures” exhibits for the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum’s new “Inside Out, an Anatomy Experience” permanent exhibit. See it for yourself (and learn about how amazing human anatomy can be!) by visiting the Discovery Museum in downtown Reno, or for more information, visit the exhibition page here.

A museum visitor interacting with one of the "Inside Out" exhibits that Understand.com helped to create.

Understand.com’s® Darik Volpa Named Most Inspiring by PharmaVOICE

Industry forum PharmaVOICE releases list of 100 of the most inspiring people including Understand.com founder and CEO Darik Volpa.

For the past nine years, PharmaVOICE has invited its readers to identify the leaders, innovators, and philanthropists who most inspire the future of healthcare.  From thousands of nominations, the PharmaVOICE 100 are selected and honored in one of the year’s most anticipated issues. Darik Volpa, founder and CEO of global medical education company Understand.com™, has been recognized among the 100 most inspiring people by PharmaVOICE this year and is featured as one of the finest entrepreneurs leading the field of patient education.

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Understand.com® Releases Spine Animation Library to Educate Patients on Complex Spinal Conditions and Surgical Procedures

A library of medically reviewed animations that can be licensed and accessed on multiple platforms.

Spine Animation Library

Global medical education company Understand.com™ is proud to announce the release of their Spine Animation Library, now available to medical practices and healthcare clinics all over the world. The Spine Animation Library was conceived in conjunction with UnderstandSpineSurgery.com, a patient website dedicated to delivering medical content on spine conditions and treatments. The library consists of over 30 medical animations that accurately and sensitively visualize complex conditions and surgical procedures.

Dr. Jeff Fischgrund, a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in spinal surgery, acted as medical advisor in the production and review of the Spine Animation Library. A member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Fischgrund has authored several articles and contributed to textbooks on the topic of spinal surgeries. He has lectured on the subjects of spine trauma and reconstructive surgery, and is a valued instructor to medical students, orthopaedic residents, and spine fellows. With Dr. Fischgrund’s experience and expertise, each animation in the library was developed and reviewed for total accuracy.

SPINE CONDITIONS
Conditions of the spine are explained in detail and include information on how the condition affects normal anatomy, the pathology behind the condition, and treatments used to effectively manage the patient’s symptoms. Animations include examples of spine conditions that are degenerative, congenital, or from trauma, and that describe changes in spine structure and function.

SPINE PROCEDURES
The Spine Library also includes a comprehensive collection of surgical animations that cover techniques for preparing bone grafts and stabilizing the spine; common procedures with and without instrumentation; and a variety of surgical approaches including minimally invasive procedures.

Patients can access the animations from a variety of platforms, from the comfort of home or the convenience of the doctor’s office. The Spine Library animations introduce patients step-by-step to the conditions and procedures that affect them. Visualizing the anatomy and the surgical process allows patients to better understand their condition, and can improve their confidence and increase compliance.

View a demo of the Spine Library.

Deep Dive™ Male Released by Understand.com® to Educate Patients and Healthcare Professionals on the Male Reproductive System

Multimedia product combines interactive 3D models, illustrations, audio descriptions, animation.

Deep Dive™ Male

Launched today by global medical education company Understand.com™, Deep Dive™ Male is the newest anatomical system to be included in the collection of Deep Dive™ interactive web applications. Understand.com™ elegantly visualizes the complete male reproductive system using highly detailed 3D models, medical illustrations, and animated system views. Audio and written descriptions accompany the interactive and offer a comprehensive understanding of the anatomical structures and pathologies of the complete male reproductive system.

The male reproductive system may be a sensitive subject matter for many patients and now with the Deep Dive™ Male, information seekers can visit their physician’s website in the privacy of their home. Patients and healthcare professionals can gain a deeper understanding of the male reproductive organs and function as well as explore accurate depictions of common conditions and diseases affecting the male anatomy, including testicular cancer, prostate cancer, urethritis, undescended testes, penile fracture, and diseases of the foreskin.

All Deep Dive™ content is reviewed and approved by medical experts to provide users the most accurate and current medical information and to ensure that all 3D models and illustrations are anatomically correct. Doctors and healthcare companies can further customize the Deep Dive™ Male by populating it with their own media, i.e. surgical footage or medical imaging examples.

“The male reproductive system is an exciting new addition to our Deep Dive™ Collection and demonstrates Understand’s versatility by venturing into the complex topic of dynamic organ systems,” said Darik Volpa, founder and CEO of Understand.com™. “As we expand our library of topics, we are finding that the multi-media experience provided by the Deep Dives™ is unmatched in quality of content and usability, making this product an amazing medical education tool for both patients and healthcare professionals alike.”

View a demo of the Deep Dive™ Male.

Deep Dive™ Urology Released by Understand.com® to Educate Patients and Healthcare Professionals on the Complete Urinary System

Multimedia product combines interactive 3D models, illustrations, audio narration and comprehensive written descriptions.

Deep Dive™ Urology

This spring, global medical education company Understand.com™ announced the addition of Deep Dive™ Urology to their expanding collection of Deep Dive™ interactive web applications. Understand.com™ visualizes the complete urinary system for both male and female anatomy using medically accurate 3D models and elegant illustrations. Audio and written descriptions accompany the interactive and offer a comprehensive understanding of the anatomical structures and pathologies of the complete urinary system.

Patients can now access Deep Dive™ Urology by visiting their physician’s website from the privacy of their home; while medical device reps can review the urinary system while waiting to talk to the surgeon in the OR. Deep Dive™ Urology allows information seekers to study the kidney and urinary tract in the healthy state as well as affected by a variety of diseases and conditions, including polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, renal failure, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, bladder infection, incontinence, UTIs, and urethral strictures.

All Deep Dive™ content is reviewed and approved by medical experts to provide users the most accurate and current medical information and to ensure that all 3D models and illustrations are anatomically correct. Doctors and healthcare companies can further customize the Deep Dive™ Urology by populating it with their own media, i.e. surgical footage or medical imaging examples.

“We are proud to add Urology to the Deep Dive™ Collection as the urinary system is an important and complex topic for both patients and healthcare professionals to understand,” said Darik Volpa, founder and CEO of Understand.com™. “This was a great opportunity for us to take a sensitive medical subject and create a tasteful yet detailed web app that invites users to confidently explore the material in a way that is comfortable and informative.

View a demo of the Deep Dive™ Urology.

Understand.com® Launches New e-Learning Platform for Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Professionals

Understand.com today announced the launch of its own custom-built e-learning platform, Understand University, designed specifically for medical device and pharmaceutical professionals who need to better understand anatomy, medical procedures, and product training.

Understand University


“Current e-learning platforms used by healthcare companies are sorely inadequate. They are needlessly complex with average content at best. Asking them to create new features or content takes forever and costs a fortune,” said Darik Volpa, Founder and CEO of Understand.com. “Leveraging our existing medical education content, combined with our ability to create custom content makes this a natural extension of our business, and provides a much-needed educational solution for medical professionals.”

With ten years of experience in sales, marketing, and sales training for a Fortune 500 medical device company, Volpa and his technology team set out on a year-long effort to build a new platform that offers an exceptional online learning experience that was different than anything else on the market,” says Volpa. “Putting a PowerPoint online and expecting it to effectively educate users simply doesn’t cut it.”

The initial rollout of Understand University has been met with raving reviews from medical device companies. “I have never had the reception to a new product launch like Understand University. We have already signed six significant licensing agreements before the product was even completed. Large institutional education companies will find this product very disruptive.” says Volpa.

The Understand University e-Learning platform is intuitive to use, so medical device and pharmaceutical representatives can log-in and access a complete dashboard of training tools including course catalogues ranging from such medical topics such as arthroscopy, gynecology and urology to the latest medical video products.

“Many of Apple’s greatest successes were simply improvements on existing products with a sleek and intuitive user interface. We have done this and then populated the platform with Understand’s breadth of original medical content. The system is easy-to-use and highly customizable,” said Ian Berry-Jewett, vice president of technology for Understand.com.

View a complete demo of the Understand University e-Learning platform.

The Deep Dives™ 3D Web App Provides Unprecedented Orthopedic Education for Patients and Healthcare Professionals

Multi-Media Product Combines Interactive 3D Models, Images, and Surgical Video.

Deep Dive™ Knee - Displaying Torn ACL Pathology

 

Patients and healthcare professionals will have a better understanding of common orthopedic diseases thanks to the Deep Dives™, a new 3D multi-media web application. Launched today by global medical education company Understand.com™, the Deep Dives™ combine highly detailed 3D interactive models, image stills, and surgical video to give users a complete understanding of the anatomy and pathologies of the knee, hip, and shoulder.

Information seekers can access the Deep Dives™ on their physicians web site to explore accurate 3D visualizations of complicated anatomy and learn about common disease pathologies such as Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Torn Meniscus to name a few. Each Deep Dive™ topic allows the viewer to rotate the model and choose from a selection of anatomical positions and structures that can be turned on or off individually.

Supporting the visual elements of the orthopedic Deep Dives™ are concise audio narratives of each disease and disorder featured, including its common causes, symptoms and treatment.

“The multi-media app provides an unprecedented orthopedic educational tool to better educate patients and healthcare professional,” said Darik Volpa, Understand’s founder and CEO. “The orthopedic Deep Dives™ is the first of many new modules Understand.com™ has under development. We will continue to apply this format to all areas of the body, including internal systems and organs, providing extensive information on specific anatomy that seamlessly integrates all types of media for users of all levels of knowledge or expertise.”

View a demo of the Deep Dive Knee™.

Understand.com® named “Software Company of the Year”

Technology Company Recognized for Growth and Innovation

Understand.com, a global medical education company headquartered in downtown Reno, was one of two technology companies named “Software Company of the Year” by the 2012 NCET Technology Awards and Reno Gazette-Journal Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. These awards recognize companies and individuals that have significantly enhanced the growth and prestige of the technology community.


Nevada Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki will honor Understand.com at an awards event held February 16, 2012 at the Eldorado Hotel & Casino, along with 3G Studios who was also awarded in the category.

Understand.com was honored for its innovative use of 3D animation to educate more than 10 million patients in 150 countries about complex healthcare topics. The company was named by Inc. Magazine in 2010 as one of the country’s fastest growing privately held companies with a three-year average growth rate of 215 percent. Understand.com continued that pace in 2011 by achieving another record year in sales and hiring seven new employees.

Additionally, Understand.com issued three major software releases last year alone:

  • Launch of Understand University, a medical education e-learning platform designed for medical device and pharmaceutical companies to educate users on anatomy and surgery;
  • Creation of “Understand the Knee,” a new 3D multimedia web application that combines High-Definition (HD) animation, surgical video and still images to give patients a complete understanding of the anatomy of the knee; and;
  • Development of U Stock, a digital platform that allows users to license and download content from the world’s most comprehensive collection of medical images for orthopedic and plastic surgery.

“The NCET Technology Awards received a record number of inspiring entries this year, and Understand.com stood out from other nominees due to its unique combination of imagination and corporate responsibility,” said Dave Archer, president and CEO for NCET. “After nine years in business, Understand.com continues to demonstrate a high degree of innovation typically shown by a start-up company. NCET is proud to recognize a company that has contributed so much to building the Northern Nevada technology community.”

“Being recognized for the work the Understand.com team does on a daily basis and the commitment we have for seeing Reno-Tahoe grow as a tech hub, is truly gratifying,” said Darik Volpa, Understand’s founder and CEO.

Understand.com is the driving force behind “Wi-Fi on the River,” a free Wi-Fi network being built in downtown Reno along the Truckee River that is expected to go live early this year. The company also stays involved within the community in other ways including sponsoring NCET’s Governor’s Cup and the Reno Gazette Journals “20 Under 40″ Awards, acting as a “Dream Maker” for the Nevada Discovery Museum, and creating the new Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows website.

Understand.com® earns a spot in the Inc. 500|5000

Understand.com, the leading provider of 3D medical animations for physicians and healthcare companies, is proud to announce it has made the prestigious Inc. 500|5000 list as one of the fastest-growing, private companies in America.

Understand.com has educated well over 5,000,000 patients worldwide through its innovative 3D medical animations. What started with a handful of surgeons licensing content in 2003 has grown to over 2,000 physicians in 40 countries worldwide and corporate clients including Allergan, Stryker, Johnson & Johnson, GE Money and PharmaDerm.

Undertand.com was ranked 1,354 with an extraordinary three-year growth rate of 215 percent. “Understand.com is a blend of healthcare and technology; two market segments that have faired well in this economy”, says Darik Volpa, Founder and CEO. “We have a diversified customer base around the world with strong retention rates. Understand.com is well positioned for continued growth with expansion into more than 30 additional medical specialties.”

“The company was started to address the need for better patient education. Coming from a medical device background, I saw first-hand the huge disconnect in communication between physicians and patients,” states Volpa. “Doctors are pressed for time and may not be good at communicating complex healthcare topics and patients are nervous with generally poor healthcare literacy. I believed that Understand.com could successfully bridge this gap with engaging, visual content. Being recognized by Inc. as one of the fastest growing companies validates what I knew back then.”

Starting with an orthopedic library, Understand.com quickly expanded into Plastic Surgery, Dermatology and Hair Restoration. “Our approach to creating a library has always been, ‘an inch wide and a mile deep’”, continues Volpa. This deep-dive strategy has paid off through endorsement and/or partnerships with leading medical societies and associations such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Cancer Society, and the Skin Cancer Foundation.

“Having these leading medical societies’ seal of approval speaks to the quality of our content. Being named to the Inc. 500|5000 list is nice recognition for the team and for our hard work and commitment to providing cutting-edge patient education,” smiles Volpa. “Look for us to crack the top 500 next year.”