Brooks Rehabilitation and Reflexion Health Partner to Bring Microsoft Kinect-Based PT Into Patient Homes

In partnership with Reflexion Health, Brooks Rehabilitation is leveraging Microsoft™ technology to improve the patient experience after a knee or hip replacement.  The two organizations have begun piloting a Microsoft Kinect™-based physical therapy program to monitor patients as they perform their rehabilitation exercises at home. Vera™, Reflexion Health’s customized software platform, modernizes physical therapy by incorporating Microsoft’s motion tracking technology to provide patients with a fun and interactive way to complete their home exercise program.

“Reflexion shares our commitment to innovation.  By re-purposing gaming technology to digital therapy, the aim is to improve patient experience, satisfaction, and outcomes,” said Michael Spigel, President and COO of Brooks.  “I don’t think we can underestimate the potential that technology has to change and enhance healthcare delivery.”

Vera™ coaches patients through physical therapy exercises while sending real-time information and qualitative data back to their clinicians. The system allows both the patient and physical therapist to interact in real time through video.  Therapists can also review videos taken while the patient is exercising, and based on the results, quickly assess areas where a patient may be having difficulty.

“One of the features I’ve been most impressed with is the system’s ability to capture subtle deviations from optimal form. If a patient is trying to do a hip abduction but they twist their hip, the system will provide feedback on the screen telling them how to perform the exercise correctly. It picks up the nuances that are really important to a physical therapist,” said Drew Kayser, PT, Clinical Orthopedic Therapy Coordinator at Brooks Home Care.

A therapist can also change the exercise program remotely to ensure the patient always has a personalized plan that is most appropriate at each phase of recovery.  This helps keep patients on track and makes them more accountable.

“It’s been shown time and time again that adherence to a home exercise program generates better results but only about 25% of patients adhere to their exercise program.  If they have to log in, I can tell how much they are exercising and how accurate they are with their specific exercises.  It provides a level of engagement and accountability that will ultimately benefit them in the long run,” said Kayser.

Vera™ is currently in a closed-Beta test with a select number of organizations.  Brooks Rehabilitation was chosen as one of 5 pilot sites.  After a knee or hip replacement, Brooks patients are screened to see if they meet criteria to use the at-home system.  They begin working with a therapist who sets up Vera™ in their home for the duration of their rehab.  Feedback provided from Brooks will allow Reflexion to make additional, clinically-based enhancements to the system.

“We are pleased to be working with a leader in rehabilitation who shares our vision of utilizing technology to enhance care provided by highly-skilled therapists,” said Dr. Ravi Komatireddy, co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Reflexion Health. “Brooks shares our commitment to bring cutting edge tools into the hands of clinicians and patients now. Healthcare needs tools like Vera™ that can extend the expertise of physical therapists and finds ways to better engage, motivate and coach patients towards optimal recovery while lowering the costs to patients and the entire system.”

About Brooks Rehabilitation

Brooks Rehabilitation has been serving the southeast for over 40 years. As a non-profit organization, Brooks Rehabilitation, based in Jacksonville, FL, operates one of the nation’s largest inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in the US with 157 beds, one of the region’s largest home healthcare agencies, 26 outpatient rehabilitation clinics, a skilled nursing unit dedicated to orthopedic rehabilitation, a rehabilitation medicine physician practice and a campus designed for senior services with skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care. In addition, Brooks Rehabilitation operates the Brooks Rehabilitation Clinical Research Center which specializes in research for stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury and more to advance the science of rehabilitation. Brooks Rehabilitation also provides many low or no cost community programs and services such as the Brooks Clubhouse and our Brooks Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program to improve the quality of life for people living with physical disabilities.
For more information, visit BrooksRehab.org