4D HealthScience: Revolutionizing the Physiotherapy Landscape
The introduction of cutting-edge EHR systems, patient engagement platforms, and smart medical devices are transforming the healthcare industry. These technological innovations are resulting in improved diagnosis, treatment, and patient engagement. As healthcare providers seek to adopt these solutions—efficiency and cost are key factors in the decision-making process. 4D HealthScience offers clinical and at-home physiotherapy solutions—helping patients avoid surgical procedures and also assisting clinicians in improving their therapy outcomes and their workflow. In the case surgery is required, the system developed by 4D Health Science, called GoPhysio, can improve outcomes and reduce the time needed to return the patient to their normal daily routines.
“The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 70 percent of all adults will suffer from lower back pain at some time in their life,” states Kim Russell, President and CEO of 4D HealthScience, LLC. The traditional approach to treating and diagnosing musculoskeletal ailments is ineffective and expensive. For patients recovering from such conditions, physiotherapy is a critical part of the healing process. However, the patient’s physical inactivity due to age or disability and their lack of knowledge or motivation leads to non-adherence with the prescribed programs. Patients who cannot afford or are unable to travel to clinics for physical therapy appointments are often given hard-to-follow paper instructions and told to do the exercises on their own.“The current process is judged by the top payers as having a 70 percent failure rate, meaning that after weeks of physical therapy, the patient still has to incur advanced imaging or surgical procedures.” Payers spend $250 Billion USD across the United States annually for lower back and spine musculoskeletal issues,” explains Eduardo Guendelman, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of 4D HS.
This device is built as an extension of the clinic. Not to replace the therapist but to facilitate the process through more efficient and effective means
4D HealthScience aims to revolutionize the patient engagement process using a HIPAA compliant, virtual rehabilitation solution called GoPhysio. The device digitalizes and delivers Avatar guided physiotherapy instructions to the patients’ homes—assisting clinicians in providing the beneficial effects of treatment and motivation for adherence. GoPhysio is an AI-powered system built with 4D HealthScience’s patented algorithms that work with patients through exercises using a 3D body motion-sensing camera that captures body movements in any lighting conditions. The device creates an avatar that will guide, score, and give real-time corrective feedback throughout the rehabilitation process as prescribed by the clinicians. The data, which consists of patient compliance with prescribed exercises as well as pre and post pain levels and location is acquired by the device and uploaded in real time on the prescribing practitioner’s dashboard and records the history of every therapy session. Modifications and updates to the program can be made accordingly via the web. Remote patient monitoring with interactive virtual physical therapy can increase patient engagement and cut costs for everyone involved. The artificial intelligence built into the system develops correlations between patient illness, demographics, and effective treatments, creating a library that will assist practitioners in carrying out an effective plan. “This device is built as an extension of the clinic. Not to replace the therapist but to facilitate the process through more effective means,” explains the founders. GoPhysio helps the practitioner conduct more patient assessments using virtual visits instead of face to face appointments.
The distinguishing factor of 4D HealthScience is that they are solely focused on physiotherapy and their GoPhysio is primarily used for spinal rehabilitation. Forging ahead, 4D HealthScience is looking to expand into new markets, specifically Europe and Canada. The company is developing new algorithms and plans to work with the U.S. military for rehabilitation and surgical avoidance as well as designing the next generation of GoPhysio, which will focus on performance and readiness assessment and will utilize optical-only, high-precision SAS tracking devices.
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