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.
Take a close look at any truly prosperous, high-performing organization and you’ll quickly see that the driver behind their success is effective and thoughtful people management. In other words, these companies understand that their talent is their most important resource and they take a very strategic and business-focused view of their human resources function.
Although games for health constitute a significant step forward in improving the lives and well-being of a huge swathe of the population, gamification is not enough. Technology from video games can and should be leveraged in the wider health care industry to help specific people get better in specific ways; but it’s just one piece of the health care improvement puzzle.
An ongoing study has demonstrated that digital healthcare tools such as VERA™, when implemented with outpatient lower extremity joint replacement surgery, can serve as a very valuable solution to decrease visit utilization and potentially accelerate recovery while increasing patient satisfaction and convenience.
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.
Every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the ER for a fall, resulting in 2.8 million injuries, according to the National Council on Aging. Twenty to 30 percent of these patients will suffer severe injuries, the most common being traumatic brain injuries. And, while we tend to think of falling as a problem for only the elderly, research shows balance can decline as early as 50.
According to the CDC, hip and knee replacements constituted nearly 1 million procedures and more than $7 billion in hospitalizations alone, with the costs of the procedure varying greatly from region to region. It is estimated that the CJR initiative will affect approximately 23% of all LEJR procedures and generate approximately $343 million in Medicare savings over 5 years.