Study Results: Yale New Haven Health Presents Landmark Findings on VERA, a Virtual Physical Therapy Platform

LAS VEGAS - At the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) 2019 Annual Meeting, Yale New Haven Health presented groundbreaking results with Reflexion Health’s Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation (VERA™).

Yale New Haven Health presented on March 15 at the Practice Management/Rehabilitation session of AAOS. Yale New Haven Hospital’s Center for Musculoskeletal Care delivered New England’s first in-home virtual exercise rehabilitation program in order to help patients recover more easily, quickly and efficiently from joint replacement surgery through VERA. Recognizing that post-acute care (PAC) costs represent almost 50 percent of the total cost of joint replacement, VERA was purpose-built to help patients and healthcare systems ensure the highest-value outcomes.

In the study, "Tele-rehabilitation for Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Patients: No Increase in Readmissions," 40 patients who had total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA) were enrolled to use tele-rehabilitation following surgery. Patients did daily exercises at home with an animated avatar (VERA) as well as four to six face-to-face physical therapy sessions. The Yale group found the platform "World Class" relative to patient satisfaction (NPS scores). Cost analysis showed a minimum cost savings of $1,000 when telerehabilitation was utilized.

"One of the strengths of this system is that you actually know if the patient is doing therapy," said Mary I. O'Connor, MD, FAOA, FAAHKS, FAAOS, Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Care, Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Yale School of Medicine. "I know if a patient has logged on and done their exercises. Another nice feature is that the physical therapist can interact live with the patient. It is another opportunity to have a higher-quality touchpoint with the patient without the patient having to come into the office. It doesn't eliminate the need for skilled physical therapist, but it is an extender of physical therapy.”

VERA is a digital physical therapy platform designed by Reflexion Health that integrates a broad menu of prescription rehabilitation exercises, an animated avatar coach, a 3D imaging system for audio-visual feedback, an intuitive dashboard for remote clinical review, automatic report generation, and telemedicine capability to deliver a comprehensive, home-based rehabilitation experience. Using VERA, patients simply stand in front of the specially equipped 3D camera and ‘she’ demonstrates and detects patients’ movements. At Yale, VERA demonstrated increased patient engagement and improved adherence to prescribed exercises, all while increasing the reach of physical therapists into patients’ homes, saving steps, time and money.

Reference: O’Connor MI, Moore AR, Rubin LE. Tele-Rehabilitation for Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Patients: No Increase in Readmissions (Paper 850). Presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, March 12-16, Las Vegas, Nevada.

About Reflexion Health

Reflexion Health is a virtual rehabilitation therapy company dedicated to bringing patients evidence-based technology that helps them recover at home. VERA™, Reflexion Health's lead product, is an FDA-cleared Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation Assistant that is able to support and remotely monitor physical therapy exercises in real-time. VERA brings the guidance of a physical therapist into the home to coach, motivate and assess exercise movements adherence to prescribed physical therapy recovery exercises. Reflexion Health is owned by Digital Health Corp, a diversified healthcare company. For more information on VERA or to sign up for a demo today, please visit www.reflexionhealth.com.