Chronic care, especially rehabilitation, is beset with new challenges in the new age:
- Poor access for millions of patients
- Poor affordability, high cost of manual therapy
- Global manpower and therapist shortage
- Increasing incidents of infection when patients visit hospitals for rehab
- Increasing incidents of acquired disability in rural areas
- Increasing incidents of acquired disability in people under 35 years of age
- Increasing incidents of difficulties in learning at a young age which may translate to adult and older age
These challenges are faced by developing and developed countries alike, with a disproportionate effect on countries with poorer economies.
When we consider the problem in its entirety, we realize that these challenges cannot be met with piecemeal solutions. A single, comprehensive solution is the need of the hour. What would the design requirements of such a solution be?
A wearable, portable, connected device that trains the brain and body as ONE system
- Accelerates recovery, provides therapy on demand anywhere
- Provides new insights to therapist about brain-muscle dynamics
- Reduces therapist time spent on a patient
- Is affordable to own or rent
- Reduces fatigue and pain, requires fewer exercise repetitions
- Is easy to deliver by home caregiver
This is the future, the next generation of chronic care technology solutions which takes a leap from present day “remote monitoring” of patients to “self-monitoring” and “remote cure”.