Reflexion Health is expanding the use of its VERA platform to shoulder replacement and upper extremity such that patients recovering from these procedures can use its avatar coach to complete prescribed exercises at home.
As it fleshes out its tools for providing remote physical therapy, Reflexion Health is hoping to convince more insurers to cover its tech-based approach to post-acute rehabilitation.
The approach already is being used to provide in-home virtual therapy to patients recovering from knee and hip replacements as well from lower back and spinal injuries.
This week, the company unveiled tools for people bouncing back from problems with their arms, upper backs and shoulders. That includes rotator cuff tears, which afflict about 500,000 Americans per year, according to Dr. Joe Smith, president and CEO of Reflexion.
Based in San Diego, Reflexion has developed a mix of technologies — an FDA-cleared avatar coach, 3D motion-capture technology and remote monitoring that allow patients to undertake physical therapy at home while being guided and monitored remotely by a physical therapist. The Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation Assistant, or VERA, aims to increase compliance with treatment plans, speed up recovery and lower costs. The technology is currently being used in 37 states. Users recovering from surgeries like knee replacement and now, shoulder replacement can follow the VERA avatar along to complete their prescribed exercises that help to support their recovery — but remotely.
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