Australian researchers are developing new telehealth technology. It is set to help more patients undertake knee replacement rehabilitation at home. This leads to fewer hospital stays. Fewer stays saves Australia’s healthcare system up to $140 million per year.
Coviu is a Sydney-based telehealth software company. It will lead the project to solve current limitations of tele-rehabilitation. This includes the poor capturing and measuring of patient recovery and progress. This will pave the way for greater uptake of this service.
The project will develop rehabilitation-by-video services which track patient improvement based on robust, objective data.
A CRC-P grant of $1.2 million is funding the project. Project participants are contributing a further $1.7 million.
Coviu is collaborating with researchers from CSIRO and the University of Western Australia. Together they will work with the Trustee for the HFRC Trust (HFRC). HFRC is an allied health clinic with extensive experience in joint replacement rehabilitation.
The project is set to deliver an industry first solution. It will lower rehabilitation times and keep more patients at home. This will save them money and reduce hospital readmission rates.
The project will produce AI-based solutions to automatically recognise a knee joint’s range of motion. This will allow clinicians to remotely monitor and measure the patient’s recovery. It will run via a video interface.
The team has initially focused on knee replacement rehabilitation. However, the technology will also be applicable to other joints and physiotherapy interventions. This offers further commercialisation opportunities and overall cost savings for the health system.
The project is due to end in mid-2021.
“At Coviu, our goal is to make healthcare services easily accessible and usable for all Australians, and this grant takes us a large step closer towards achieving this” said Dr Silvia Pfeiffer, Ceo and Director Of Coviu.