Over the last few years, rehabilitation software is becoming part of the standard equipment that can normally be found in a rehabilitation center. In these centers, rehabilitation software is used by clinicians to prescribe sessions to their patients both in clinical and home settings. The main reason for this is that this type of software is usually very motivating and effective when used by patients. Using gamification techniques, rehabilitation software turns everyday rehabilitation exercises (physical or cognitive) that are probably already being used in rehabilitation centers worldwide into motivating tasks that look like games. Similarly, some rehabilitation software (like Rehametrics) monitor in detail patient performance to track patient evolution over time. However, although these systems are designed to allow patients to work autonomously or semi-autonomously, it is very important that the exercises included in the software are also designed to take into account the needs and goals of rehabilitation professionals. In other words, it is important that the rehabilitation software is designed specifically for the needs of patients.
Software for Clinicians
For this reason, our goal when designing Rehametrics was to ensure that our software was designed by clinicians for clinicians. This is why, from the very beginning, our clinical team worked together with our technical team to develop a rehabilitation software designed by clinicians for clinicians. This design process requires a high level of coordination and interdisciplinary communication between team members. Only in this way can clinicians understand the limitations every technology has and engineers and programmers can comprehend rehabilitation needs.
Moreover, a rehabilitation software designed with the needs of clinicians in mind will be easy to use and, at the same time, will provide useful and relevant data to the clinical team that can be used to improve the rehabilitation treatment offered to patients. As a result, Rehametrics brings together, in the same rehabilitation software, everything needed to deliver rehablitation sessions in any clinical setting. This simplifies the work of clinicians because it unifies all the information gathered from all sessions -physical or cognitive- in the same software, providing an overall view of patient progress and facilitating the required communication among clinical team members.
Software for Cognitive Rehabilitation
In this way, although Rehametrics is a single rehabilitation software, it comes with multiple integrated parts that are in constant communication with one another. One of them is that it contains more than 110 exercises and two clinical reports designed specifically for cognitive rehabilitation. As a result, one can consider that Rehametrics is a software for cognitive rehabilitation. Moreover, the 110 cognitive exercises mentioned before have multiple personalization options that allow the clinician to adjust the difficulty of each exercise according to the capabilities and clinical objectives of each patient. Similarly, clinicians can adjust the main parameters for each exercise while it is being used without having to stop the session. In this way, clinicians can adjust exercise duration and difficulty individually, without having to stop the rehabilitation session to prescribe once again. As a result, Rehametrics is easy to use and adapts to the needs of each healthcare professional. However, because there are more than 70 exercises and four clinical reports developed specifically for physical rehabilitation, Rehametrics can also be considered a software for physical rehabilitation. The same types of adjustments that can be made to our cognitive exercises are also available for the physical ones.
Rehametrics Rehabilitation Software Features
There are many features that make Rehametrics unique compared to other rehabilitation software currently available. Among the main features of the Rehametrics rehabilitation software we find four:
- integration of physical, cognitive, functional and communication rehabilitation exercises in the same rehabilitation software.
- ease of use for healthcare professionals.
- exercise personalization according to patient performance.
- quantification of completed sessions.
The first feature refers to the fact that, when using Rehametrics, healthcare professionals can prescribe an interdisciplinary treatment plan for their patients from the same rehabilitation software. This is very convenient for healthcare professionals but, above all, it is useful to improve communication flows among the different therapeutic areas. It is easier to understand the needs and goals of another clinician if one has access to data showing us patient performance in detail for each session, independently of the prescribed exercise. The second one refers to what we saw in the previous section, the flexibility Rehametrics has to allow clinicians to adjust the prescribed session to the clinical goals of each patient.
Computer-based Cognitive Rehabilitation
On the other hand, Rehametrics allows for the personalization of each patient’s treatment plan. This is exactly what we referred to when we listed the third main feature for the Rehametrics rehabilitation software in the previous section. All of the exercises available in Rehametrics have multiple levels of difficulty and personalization options, which gives the capability of fine-tuning task difficulty to adapt it to the needs of each patient. Moreover, once patients start completing the rehabilitation exercises prescribed by their clinical team, Rehametrics will monitor how these sessions are completed. Taking into account patient performance, our software will use artificial intelligence algorithms to adjust exercise difficulty during the session. If the exercise looks to be too easy for the patient, Rehametrics will slightly increase exercise difficulty. However, if the exercise looks to be to difficult for the patient, Rehametrics will decrease its difficulty. The objective behind this automatic adjustment is to ensure that patients become frustrated if the exercise is too difficult for them or lose motivation if it is too easy. This is one of the main benefits of using computer-based cognitive rehabilitation, on top of quantifying all sessions completed by patients, the fourth main feature shown in the previous list.