Updated: 04/02/2014 00:45

Tele-rehabilitation solution for stroke patients to boost physical recovery



Tele-rehabilitation solution for stroke patients to boost physical recovery

Stroke patients may be able to do their rehabilitation at home via tele-rehabilitation by next year. 

A group of local researchers have started a two-year clinical trial to develop the nation's first rehabilitation system that involves 'live' video conferencing, and use of wearable motion sensors. 

The trial is carried out by the National University of Singapore, National University Health System, Singapore General Hospital, and Ang Mo Kio-Thye Hua Kwan Hospital. 

The system comes with exercise videos to guide patients at home. 

With the use of wireless and motion sensors, videos of the patient performing the exercise are recorded and saved. 

Therapists can then use the data to assess the patient's recovery process. 

The system is estimated to cost the patient up to $400 a month. 

And this is cheaper than home visits for a month by a therapist which can cost up to $1,000.

Currently, 13 patients from Ang Mo Kio-Thye Hua Kwan and the Singapore General Hospital are undergoing a 3-month clinical trial. 

There are plans to expand the trial to 100 patients in the next two years. 

A research grant of $750,000 was provided by the Singapore Millennium Foundation for the tele-rehabilitation project over three years.

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