Routine physical therapy to patients in recovery are often seen as difficult and tortuous, leading to a lower engagement of the patient and consequently the withdrawal of treatment. From the observation of this situation, companies have been investing in gamification alternatives in health to ensure lower bounce exercises by patients.
This is the case Reflection of Health, who developed Vera device which uses the technology of Kinect (Microsoft) to capture the exercise movements patients recovering from joint replacement surgery. The data set is sent directly to the physical therapist who analyzes the progress and promotes improvements to real-time therapy.
The availability of the Microsoft Kinect program use was made in 2012 to startups through an accelerator. One of the first beneficiaries of its use was the Canadian company Jintronix implementing the use of the platform through a recovery program for patients who have suffered stroke.
Founder and CEO of Biogaming, company that also uses the Kinect technology to offer an exercise program in 3D to patients in recovery, Dudi Klein said that “adherence to the practices of traditional physical therapy is painfully low and tedious routines commonly discourage patients and fail to improve their health. ”
“We’re grabbing the physical therapy routines, real-time biofeedback and personal encouragement of the sessions in hospital or clinic and bringing them home. This closes the hole in the current physiotherapy process that seeks to encourage adherence, change the price of therapy for suppliers and empower consumers to deliver better patient outcomes, “assures Klein.
The implementation of gamification in the recovery process and treatment in healthcare can be very promising, since these devices promote greater engagement of patients because they resemble more to the game than a painful exercise routine, unlike queries the traditional physical therapists. In addition, the ability to monitor the exercise by the responsible professional warrants this make sure that the routine is being fulfilled properly between appointments.