Fierce Healthcare: Use of VERA for TKR Patients 'Could Significantly Reduce Postsurgical Costs'

Writing for Fierce Healthcare, Paige Minemyer breaks down the recent findings from the Duke Clinical Research Institute that our Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation Assistant (VERA™) “could significantly reduce postsurgical costs” associated with total knee replacement (TKR) surgery.

Minemyer spoke to Duke Department of Orthopedic Surgery’s Janet Bettger, Ph.D., the study’s lead author, who said that the VERA technology “feels like ‘standing in front of a mirror’ and following a virtual reflection.” The lead physical therapist reviews each patient’s data “and then checks in at least weekly to discuss progress and make any adjustments.”

Dr. Bettger added that, “in this particular program, the therapists were able to monitor every component of what they prescribed, and that’s a big difference from usual care.”

“The researchers found an average cost savings of $2,745 per patient treated using VERA, and safety and quality metrics were on par between the two approaches,” Minemyer writes. “Outcomes and costs were measured three months after the procedure, according to the study.”