International Congress for Joint Reconstruction: ‘Patients Use – and Like’ VERA

The International Congress for Joint Reconstruction has published an article covering the study presented by the Yale University School of Medicine at the AAOS 2019 Annual Meeting showing the effectiveness of our Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation Assistant (VERA™) telerehab platform in helping total joint arthroplasty, surgeons “save money without sacrificing patient outcomes.“

The Yale researchers showed that the use of VERA “following total hip and knee arthroplasty lowers costs, increases patient compliance with rehabilitation exercises, and leads to high patient satisfaction,” the article explains.

“Physical therapy with a physical therapist is a resource-heavy model,” said Mary I. O’Connor, MD, FAOA, FAAHKS, FAAOS in a statement quoted by the publication. “Any time you involve a skilled professional, as a physical therapist is, it is going to increase your cost. When the patient can do routine exercises on their own with guidance and support through telerehabilitation, you are going to lower your cost. It doesn’t eliminate the need for skilled physical therapist, but it is an extender of physical therapy.”

“We have been very pleased with our experience to date, particularly the very high level of patient satisfaction,” Dr. O’Connor added. An elderly knee replacement patient of mine told me how much she loved VERA. I asked her why and her response surprised me. She said: ‘Dr. O’Connor, I don’t have to make sure my house is clean, or my hair is done and I have makeup on as when the physical therapist comes to the house. I can do my exercises in my housecoat.’”