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One patient went home from the hospital and was unable to climb the stairs to his bedroom. After using the training module, he said, “Now I have no problems climbing up or down stairs. I was surprised that I made such fast progress. I get stronger all the time.


”Today the solution is used for elder care, but the technology can be used to treat occupational and other injuries or to provide proactive care or training. Health providers can upload relevant information to the system, further enhancing the system’s value in terms of refining treatment modalities.


Saves Costs In an early case at Esbjerg, a 73-year old man successfully used the solution and, over a three-month period, the municipality saved nearly US$2,500. Without Virtual Rehabilitation, the cost to the municipality, which pays for patient care, would have been $1,955 for two home visits per month by referred therapists, and $1,400 for five days at a rehabilitation center—a total of $3,355. With Virtual Rehabilitation, the total cost of licenses plus two online consultations per month with referred therapists was $898, a savings of $2,457.


We have been able to overcome health care’s rising costs because Kinect is available at a low price and features fantastic functionality. I don’t doubt for one second that you will see all countries in the world using Kinect for rehabilitating people in their own homes.


“We have been able to overcome health care’s rising costs because Kinect is available at a low price and features fantastic functionality,” says Møll. “I don’t doubt for one second that you will see all countries in the world using Kinect for rehabilitating people in their own homes.”


Enhances Access to Health Care Statistics Denmark, a Danish governmental organization, estimates that in five years, there will be 20 percent more elderly people in Denmark to care for. Welfare Denmark is just one organization that’s working to overcome health care’s biggest global challenges, from rising costs to services inequalities. “We can’t wait five years,” says Møll. “We have to act now—around the world. Health care challenges are a huge issue. It’s not an option whether we have to offer virtual rehabilitation. It’s a must.”


Source: Microsoft Health Ulrik Møll, Managing Director of Welfare Denmark. 19 2 INSIGHT ON


HOSPITAL & HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT VOL. 3 ISSUE 2 FEBRUARY 2014


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