In a recent trial, a vegetative-state patient responds to Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS) in an experimental therapy.
However, article suggests that VNS may not work as effectively in patients with different patterns of brain damage.
Perhaps a fully-programmable electrical pulse generator platform is ideal for this application, since it is not practical to develop custom pulse generators for every patient using an ASIC-based platform.
New treatment options are being studied and proposed but much work is required to understand how these technologies are best matched with specific patients and pain syndromes.
A recent article delves into the details of this topic. The article concludes with a statement that "the field will undoubtedly continue to grow and force reconsideration of current treatment paradigms.".
This implies that new research on new paradigms require new devices. Flexible, programmable, indication-agnostic devices can play a key role in accelerating medical research, given the fact that developing a new purpose-built device requires a dedicated development team and heavy investment in time, and money.
A programmable device can enable new research overnight.