With CJR and BPCI Advanced, the CMS’ bundled payment care initiatives include more knee/joint procedures—and the role of virtual PT is more important than ever.
Join us for a rare peek behind the scenes at Reflexion Health, as Senior Software Engineer Michael Graessle describes the creativity, problem-solving prowess and technical know-how that went into creating our groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation Assistant (VERA™) telerehabilitation technology.
The tools of modern healthcare are increasingly, progressively rooted in a variety of digital technologies, like those that power sensors, computers, communication strategies, sophisticated algorithms for analysis, prediction, prevention, decision support, and so on. These tools are already transforming care delivery — and the revolution is just beginning.
Valere Bundled Solutions, a physician-run group co-founded by Dr. Frank Aluisio, offers a bundled payments service model designed to help physicians, administrators, and other healthcare professionals make the transition to value-based care. “In 20 years of practice, this is the most rewarding experience I’ve had,” Dr. Aluisio told us.
With typical home-based rehab, relevant information about a patient’s progress between face-to-face visits is often sparse, qualitative and self-reported. In the event that recovery is delayed or derailed, it can be challenging to understand the root cause — which is, in turn, a key driver of increased face-to-face visits early in the recovery process. But this is all about to change.
Ever wonder how actor Dan Stevens’ facial movements seamlessly became the Beast in Beauty and the Beast or how the alien Thanos was portrayed in Guardians of the Galaxy? It’s called motion capture, and it’s the process of recording a live motion event and “magically” translating it into actionable data that allows for a 3D — or digital — recreation of the performance.
With any sport, the potential for injury looms in the background. But physical rehabilitation is completely transforming through the development of patient-centric, virtual technology that can increase access to care while significantly minimizing the need for student athletes to go to their therapist’s offices, which are often off-site and inconvenient.
As the chief clinical officer and lead physical therapist for a digital healthcare company, I have the privilege of regularly speaking to my fellow PTs regarding the trends in physical therapy and overarching healthcare changes that impact our profession most. While it’s always a pleasure to talk shop with my peers, I will attest that many of these conversations leave me a bit concerned.
The process of rehabilitation can be quite complex, often varies from patient-to-patient, and is critically dependent upon patient engagement. Patient adherence to prescribed rehabilitation, together with careful clinician oversight and adjustment of prescribed activities during recovery, can have an enormous impact on the long-term outcomes of acute interventions.
Dr. Donald Norman, a cognitive science researcher and Director of the Design Lab at UCSD, was one of the first people to describe and advocate for the importance of Human Centered Design. His belief that design decisions should be based on the needs and wants of users in order to be most effective, significantly altered and elevated the role of strategic product design in companies big and small.