The announcement of positive results from the long-anticipated VERITAS study has reverberated throughout the media in recent weeks, making headlines in healthcare, technology and business publications.
Conducted independently by the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), the study — formally entitled the “Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation In-home Therapy: A Research Study (VERITAS)” — was the first large-scale randomized controlled clinical trial comparing the results of virtual physical therapy with that of traditional physical therapy.
After two years of study, the results have shown that our Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation Assistant (VERA®) virtual PT platform significantly reduces costs for patients following total knee replacement surgery, while maintaining the same levels of safety and efficiency.
That’s big news, as covered by publications ranging from the San Diego Business Journal, mHealthIntelligence and Xconomy to Healthcare Business Technology and Fierce Healthcare. And in an interview with Orthopedics This Week, Reflexion Health President and CEO said that the findings showed that “VERA provides unprecedented and efficient visibility into the patient’s post-operative recovery while greatly diminishing the overall cost of post-surgical rehabilitation.”
Weeks later, coverage of this groundbreaking news continues. “Healthcare providers who used a virtual rehabilitation platform to deliver physical therapy following total knee replacement (TKR) surgery saved an average of $2,745 per patient compared to traditional in-office physical therapy sessions,“ reported PT Products Online magazine.
“These findings came from the first large, randomized clinical trial of nearly 300 patients comparing virtual physical therapy with clinic-based physical therapy,” notes a summary from Hatch magazine.
Healthcare Informatics goes into more detail about the nuts and bolts of the study, reporting that “VERITAS was a multi-center, randomized controlled trial that enrolled 306 adult participants scheduled for TKR surgery at four U.S. sites,” with 287 completing the trial. “The treatment group concluded with 143 adults who received Reflexion Health’s VERA both pre- and post-surgery, compared with a control group of 144 adults who received traditional in-home or clinic-based physical therapy at participating sites,” the report adds.
“Physical therapy is a critical part of a patient’s recovery following a knee replacement surgery, and finding new solutions that result in better outcomes is important,” adds AI in Healthcare.