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AMA Cites VERA as ‘Next Step’ in Surgery Rehab

By May 9, 2019 August 26th, 2019 No Comments

The American Medical Association (AMA) has published an article exploring how our FDA-cleared Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation Assistant (VERA®) platform may be the “next step in telehealth,” enabling “surgery rehab led by an avatar.”

The report draws on the recent presentation of a study presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) 2019 Annual Meeting entitled, “Tele-Rehabilitation for Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Patients: No Increase in Readmissions.” That study, presented by Yale New Haven Health, showed that the use of our VERA telerehab tool “following total hip and knee arthroplasty lowers rehabilitation costs by an estimated $1,000 per patient and boosts patient adherence with exercises as they recover.”

“A surgeon can do a fabulous operation, but if the patient doesn’t do exercises, the outcome is often compromised,” as orthopedic surgeon Mary I. O’Connor, MD, director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Care at Yale School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Health, told the AMA. “Now you are giving patients a tool to do exercises at home that engages them and provides feedback on how accurately and how often they are performing the exercises.”

She added: “Patients enjoy having this type of support at home. They are more engaged with telerehab than when they are just given a write-up with pictures of the exercises they are supposed to be doing at home.”

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