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Healthcare Management


A VIRTUAL PHYSIOTHERAPIST IN THE HOME


The Danish Technological Institute asked Welfare Denmark to create an interactive platform that would enable citizens to perform rehabilitative exercises at home. In collaboration with scientists and physiotherapists, Welfare Denmark built Virtual Rehabilitation, a device based on Kinect for Windows that works with Microsoft Lync 2010 and Skype federation. It includes software that guides patients through rehabilitation exercises, monitors and corrects their movements in real time, and makes it possible for health care practitioners to see whether patients have completed the therapies.


”This generation of elderly people are not interested in going to elderly homes,” says Møll. ”We can help them remain at home and rehabilitate in a modern way through this solution.”


Launched in April 2012, Virtual Rehabilitation supports movement, voice, and gesture recognition, which makes it possible to track patients’ movements as they go through a program. A physical therapy program can involve a subset of 130 exercises for the hips, shoulders, knees, and back. Other programs address lung and heart disorders, rheumatism, blood circulation, and the four major muscle groups.


Each patient gets a Kinect camera that includes a depth sensor that can read human body language. A Hewlett Packard touch screen with a SIM card uploads encrypted data through the mobile network. The solution takes advantage of Microsoft Lync 2010 and a multi-array microphone so patients can use instant messaging or videoconferencing to communicate with physiotherapists. “Citizens feel as if they’re being guided by professionals,” says Arne Nicolajsen, Director of Healthcare, Esbjerg Municipality. “They feel secure that they are performing the exercises correctly in their homes.”


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Citizens feel as if they’re being guided by professionals.


They feel secure that they are performing the exercises correctly in their homes.


ARNE NICOLAJSEN, Director of Healthcare, Esbjerg Municipality.


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