MUNICH – The Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication System has developed a telehealth-based exercise therapy for artificial hip or knee joint recipients. The ReMove-It project uses videos in which a therapist performs the prescribed, personalized exercises, and the patient imitates them in front of a screen at home. If the patient does not comply with the medical guidelines, they receive correction instructions during the performance of the movement. After completing the exercise, the patient receives feedback concerning the quality of performance, and the clinician receives the movement data documented during the exercise. The treating physician, therapist and patient are able to communicate with each other through text, audio and video messages. Fraunhofer plans to offer a device by next year, said Dr. Michael John, one of the Fraunhofer researchers, in a statement. They are also exploring using the system for other diseases that can be treated with exercise therapy, like Parkinson’s disease.
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