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

By October 23, 2018 December 4th, 2019 No Comments
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.

The VERA tool “monitors patients’ performance” in the PT exercises prescribed by a therapists, which allows “clinicians to tailor the recovery plan to their needs,” Minemyer writes.

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,” she explained

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.”

How VERA Helps Reduce Postsurgical Costs

Speaking to the power of the service to reduce postsurgical costs, Minemyer notes that “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.”

“Outcomes and costs were measured three months after the procedure, according to the study,” she adds.

You can read the full Fierce Healthcare story here, learn more about the VERITAS study here, and learn more about our VERA virtual physical therapy assistant here. For details on how to leverage Reflexion Health’s award-winning digital therapy products and services for the benefit of your facility or organization, please contact us here.