Controlling and enhancing brain damage rehabilitation process with the help of digital tools
Stroke patients and many other people who had brain damage due to other reasons need specific therapy that re-teaches their body to move again, which includes speaking, walking, moving one’s hands, etc.
While a lot of this is done via manual work, doctors need a convenient way to track the progress of their patients to adjust the treatments accordingly. HUSPI and Reha Stim Medtec united forces to tackle this challenge together. The main tasks set before the HUSPI team were to create a set of games that would be controlled using special YouGrabber gloves and a dashboard for tracking and visualizing the data of the patients’ performance in the games and their rehabilitation progress.
Reha Stim Medtec and YouRehab, two Swiss companies, merged to create a larger portfolio of rehabilitation solutions, combining physical therapy games and effector-based robotic gait therapy.
Together, we have created two major solutions for the system:
Set of therapeutic games
The games are based on various challenges to retrain the brain’s control of the upper limbs as well as cognitive skills. The patients use special Bi-Manu Trainer gloves to control the game.
It had to be light, not overloaded with information, and provide ample descriptions as to what to do next. The games are connected to the reporting system and track user actions to see whether the patient’s health is improving. We also had to pay special attention to the user interface and experience since the main users are people with cognitive impairment.
The doctors need to utilize all kinds of information they can get about the patient’s health in order to help.
Reha-Stim Report is such a customized therapy management software where the patient’s actions in the game are accumulated in a database and passed along for further analysis by a doctor.
The combination of the games and this dashboard allows clinics and stroke units to offer flexible treatment options tailored for each individual patient.
The HUSPI developers integrated themselves seamlessly into our small development team and despite the distance and only electronic communication, they showed the same dedication and involvement in our project as the internal part of the team.Gary Honegger, CTO at Reha Stim Medtec AG
The new digital technologies – software plus sensor technologies – have allowed to increase the intensity of the rehabilitation and training by 3+ times.
The systems are designed to be used by physical therapy centers, physician offices, hospitals, and even at home by patients of all stages of care and age.
Technologies used: Xamarin (Android, iOS, and UWP), MySQL, Unity 3D, and C#.
Team: 2 software developers plus QA on client’s side.
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