A year after a preview of its findings showed “positive results” regarding the efficacy of our VERA virtual PT assistant captured healthcare headlines nationwide, the results of the VERITAS are now set for publication in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
“Relative to traditional home or clinic PT, virtual PT with telerehabilitation for skilled clinical oversight significantly lowered 3-month health-care costs after TKA while providing similar effectiveness,” write the study authors in the conclusion. “These findings have important implications for patients, health systems, and payers. Virtual PT with clinical oversight should be considered for patients managed with TKA.”
The clinical trial behind VERITAS — an acronym for “Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation In-home Therapy: A Research Study” — was designed to evaluate the cost and clinical effectiveness of using a virtual rehab platform to deliver PT following total knee replacement (TKR) surgery. Conducted independently by the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), VERITAS is the first large-scale randomized controlled clinical trial of its type.
“Physical therapy is a critical component of recovery for patients following total joint replacement surgery. As people live longer and these surgeries become more common, it is important to identify solutions that maintain or improve outcomes while decreasing the burden on patients and providers,” Janet Prvu Bettger, Ph.D., associate professor with the Duke Department of Orthopedic Surgery and lead investigator of the study, stated in last year’s announcement.
A virtual assistant with clinical oversight is as effective as traditional #physicaltherapy for patients undergoing #knee replacement, according to the results of the VERITAS study led by the DCRI’s @jpbettger: https://t.co/UQBw6paJLB @ReflexionHealth pic.twitter.com/Ijppjurat7
— DCRI News (@DCRINews) October 15, 2018
“We are pleased with the results of the study which show that Reflexion Health’s VERA coupled with remote clinician oversight, is a cost-effective paradigm for physical therapy – one that is more convenient for patients while providing clinicians greater insight into the recovery process,” Dr. Bettger added.
Over the past year, results from the VERITAS trial have been presented at a number of conferences, but this marks the first publication of the study’s findings in a peer-reviewed academic journal. You can learn more about VERITAS here and VERA here. And for information on how to leverage Reflexion Health’s award-winning digital therapy products and services for the benefit of your organization, please contact us here.