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Shirley Ryan AbilityLab collaborates with Datos Health on remote therapeutic monitoring study

Friday, February 03, 2023

Datos Health, a global leader in remote care automation, today announced that the company's remote care platform, Open Care, will be used by Shirley Ryan AbilityLab for an outpatient remote therapeutic monitoring implementation effectiveness study.

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is the global leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation for adults and children with severe and complex conditions. As part of this study, the hospital's outpatient physical therapists will leverage the platform to monitor physical activity and exercise progress for patients at home and in the community (outside of their rehabilitation care). The study will include patients with Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis, those recovering from stroke, lower extremity and chronic lower back pain, and patients with mild traumatic brain injury or concussion.

Leveraging the patients' personal devices (e.g., smart watches and fitness trackers) or clinic-supplied wearable technology, Datos Health will help care teams remotely monitor individual patients' exertion level using the Borg Scale, steps per day, vigorous activity, and other metrics like heart rate where possible. Collectively, this monitoring will offer a consistent comparative metric across all devices and conditions. Additionally, it will enable care teams to intervene in real-time.

"The research study will allow us to determine the feasibility of remote therapeutic monitoring for clinicians and patients alike," said Miriam Rafferty, PhD, Director of Implementation Science at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. "It also will enable us to study how remote monitoring can enable data-driven decision-making," she continued.

Datos Health's streamlined solution empowers organizations like Shirley Ryan AbilityLab to customize remote care programs and enables clinicians to fine-tune workflows on the fly, with changes instantly translated into the CareApp — where patients can log their activity — and the Care Team Dashboard — where clinicians can view patient data, trends and escalation alerts.

"We see potential in therapeutic monitoring to improve long-term outcomes, and we're looking forward to evaluating the results of this study," noted Uri Bettesh, Founder and CEO of Datos Health.

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