HandTutor system allows for hands on therapy through tele-rehabilitation

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In the February issue of Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine http://bit.ly/ev4mth Dr. Nancye M. Peel and her group from Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine The University of Queensland discuss the implementation of telerehabilitation in older people. The barriers that need to be overcome include patient limitations, staff issues and the logistics of implementing the system. They comment that tele-rehabilitation is challenging because of the complexity of cases, with many requiring “hands-on” therapy.
The HandTutor system uses dedicated rehabilitation software that allows the virtual functional exercise tasks to be tailored to the patients movement ability. The tasks have been designed by physical and occupational therapists and are motivating to a wide range of patients sensory, motor and cognitive ability age and neurological or orthopedic indications.

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