Physiotherapists opt on DyCare technology

13 June, 2019

To ensure that market requirements and the needs of healthcare professionals are met, DyCare collaborates with a team of physiotherapists who participate in the development of ReHub, the first remote rehabilitation platform. Next, we reveal what motivated them to join the DyCare project.

Interview with Physio Board of DyCare

Valentina Spunton, a physiotherapist specialized in orthopedics, met Silvia Raga, CEO of DyCare, when she needed to collect testimonials about the real needs of physiotherapists. The specialist immediately felt motivated to participate in the development of ReHub: “It’s a challenge for everyone involved, we bring together terminologies, logic and strategies. That’s why I like it”.

The physiotherapist and osteopath, Roberto Fenini, on his behalf, got to know DyCare through the group of specialists in shoulder surgery and rehabilitation with which he works, he was caught by the enthusiasm of the team and decided to join the project. Giancarlo Rusconi, a specialist in arthroscopic and post-prosthetic rehabilitation, had previously been discussing with his team of surgeons the need to have control over the exercises assigned to the patient, and upon meeting DyCare, was fascinated with its approach: “I was able to speak with Ricardo and Silvia, who transmitted to me the passion necessary to commit me to this project”.

Currently, DyCare is in constant contact with the team of physiotherapists through regular meetings in which they comment and discuss the development of ReHub. “Of course, they also collaborate in validating our solution. We will soon start pilot studies with them,” says Silvia Raga, CEO of the company.

 

What benefits does ReHub bring to professionals? And to the patient?

After the good acceptance of Lynx, the first product developed by DyCare, the company decided to address the shortage of  rehabilitation  specialists and long waiting lists by developing an innovative solution. ReHub is a digital platform that connects the patient, the physiotherapist and the doctor, and facilitates the implementation of rehabilitation treatment from home always monitored by the professional.

“The advantages of ReHub are absolutely indisputable,” says Fenini. He argues that after a very short training, the professional can perform an “extremely reliable” functional evaluation. Rusconi emphasizes the control over the quality of the therapeutic exercise and the possibility to measure the angles of movement, the speed, the strength and the progression of the exercise. Spunton believes that “the advantage of ReHub is to be able to observe the patient directly without having him present, and at the same time, to obtain objectivity”.

As regards the advantages of the patient platform, DyCare physiotherapists emphasize the importance of professional support and control in the execution of rehabilitation exercises and feedback in real time. Fenini explains that the physiotherapist acts as a “monitor” supervising the correct performance of the exercise. “Being supervised by the professional, the patient acquires greater adherence and the risk of performing an exercise incorrectly is reduced to a minimum”, explains Rusconi. The specialists also emphasize that the platform facilitates continuous patient-physiotherapist communication and a better organization of time on the part of the patient.

Advantages of wearable technology for the healthcare system

The three physiotherapy professionals highlight cost savings as the main reason for implementing this technology in the health sector. Not only in relation to the costs of rehabilitation centres, but also in relation to patient mobility. “Monitoring allows the physiotherapist to follow more patients at a relative lower cost, in a healthcare environment where the costs of national health systems are increasing more and more,” explains Fenini. According to him, it is important for the health system to take into account the current context, in which the ageing of the population and the degree of disability are two parameters that go hand in hand.

In addition, digital health improves the quality and efficiency of rehabilitation workflows. Spunton points out that the use of digital technology makes it easier to update practices without losing customization. “A system capable of monitoring, measuring and following the patient’s recovery path reassures both the practitioner and the patient,” concludes Rusconi.

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