Going mobile: the changing face of physical rehab
We were delighted to be featured in the October edition of Med-Tech Innovation.
Writing for Med-Tech Innovation, Dr Paul Rinne, CEO and co-founder of GripAble, explained how COVID-19 is driving the uptake of digital and mobile technology in healthcare, and what GripAble provides to therapists who need to engage their patients in rehab remotely.
A tsunami of disability
“There are currently six million people across the UK living with upper limb disability, and 384 million people worldwide. Physical rehabilitation is critical for people to restore quality of life after suffering a stroke, or the onset of many other neurological and orthopaedic conditions.
“The COVID-19 lockdown has resulted in many patients being isolated at home, unable to attend therapy appointments and some unable to access emergency treatment, increasing the risk of disability. Not only this, but the increased risk of stroke post-COVID and the need for physical rehabilitation amongst COVID survivors, means that a tsunami of disability could be coming, if digital solutions to support therapy are not implemented quickly enough.
“GripAble has the opportunity to be used by every single person coming into contact with the healthcare system globally, measuring and recording strength from early childhood until end of life care, giving us the ability to not only change the face of physical rehabilitation, but also of healthcare in general.”