DyCare is working on ReHub clinical trials with Hospital Clínic in Barcelona and Hospital Molinette in Turin

29 October, 2019


In DyCare we have a maxim: we work in the field of science and technology applied to the health sector to improve the quality of life of patients. That is why we work intensively with different hospitals to incorporate the latest advances in technology and knowledge, which allows us to help in the rehabilitation of thousands of affected people and, at the same time, develop highly competitive products.

ReHub, epicenter of clinical trials

In order to increase the confidence of doctors and physiotherapists in ReHub and demonstrate its effectiveness, we have decided to carry out two clinical trials in different hospitals in the European Union: the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona and the Hospital Molinette in Turin. The studies are funded by the European Commission under the Horizonte2020 project.

Our ReHub solution is a digital rehabilitation platform that offers effective and personalized remote rehabilitation for people suffering from musculoskeletal problems. Among its main advantages is that it optimizes operational aspects and therapeutic efficacy, promoting continuous communication between doctor, physiotherapist and patient.

Thus, the main objectives of this clinical study are:

  • Complete a clinical validation study with at least 100 patients.
  • To further evaluate the efficacy, safety, and user-friendliness of ReHub as a new rehabilitation protocol supplemented with home exercises to treat musculoskeletal injuries.

To estimate the economic and social impact of the use of ReHub, both for patients and health centers.

Hospital Clínic: total knee arthroplasty (TKA)

The Hospital Clínic, located in Barcelona, has a wide trajectory and experience that accredits it as a reference center. Its knee unit recognized both, nationally and internationally, has opted to implement the ReHub clinical study. The Clínic wants to be the first hospital in Spain to offer telerehabilitation services for knee pathologies and, in particular, for its patients with total knee arthroplasty (TKA). The principal investigator in charge of this study, Dr. Salvi Prat Fabregat, is a certified specialist in traumatology.

In 2011, in developed countries, the average annual number of knee arthroplasty surgeries in people of 65 of age or older was 735 per 100,000 people. In the Hospital Clínic alone, more than 300 primary knee arthroplasties were performed in the last year.

The study, which is being conducted on 52 total knee arthroplasty patients and is authorized by the Ethics Committee, is in progress and is scheduled to be completed in early 2020.


Molinette Hospital: total hip arthroplasty (TCA)

Molinette Hospital is part of a leading European group in medical care and research into musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders, the Città della Salute e della Scienza. Its Orthopedics, Traumatology and Rehabilitation department is responsible for carrying out the clinical study with patients with total hip arthroplasty (TCA) under the supervision of Dr. Marco Alessandro Minetto, principal investigator.

The figures faced by this type of hip surgery are similar to those presented by knee surgery. In 2011, in developed countries, the average annual total hip arthroplasty surgery in people 65 years of age or older was 738 per 100,000 people. The DyCare study at this hospital will be performed on 56 patients with this diagnosis.

DyCare is currently planning new studies with rehabilitation centers and insurance companies. We are sure that both those that are already in progress, and those that will arrive shortly, will help us to demonstrate the effectiveness, safety and savings that our solutions may imply for all centers. Without forgetting the most important thing: These studies will contribute to improving the quality of life of patients. Double objectives accomplished.