Back in March we shared this exciting story thanks to our colleagues at the Institute of Digital Healthcare, WMG. The advent of consumer virtual reality technology combined with 3D motion capture allows real movements to be accurately translated onto an avatar that can be viewed in a virtual environment. Our Researchers investigated whether this technology can be used to provide guidance to physiotherapy patients, by providing a virtual physiotherapist in the home to demonstrate the prescribed exercises.
- Current Physiotherapy techniques require patients to complete exercises at home, which doesn’t include much guidance.
- Virtual reality (VR) combined with 3D Motion capture could allow movements to be translated onto an avatar the patient can follow, thanks to researchers at WMG.
- Consumer VR technologies can be used for both providing guidance to physiotherapy exercises, but also to make the exercises more interesting and encourage people to complete the course they need Virtual reality could help physiotherapy patients complete their exercises at home successfully thanks to researchers at WMG, University of Warwick, who managed to combine VR technology with 3D motion capture.
Researchers, from WMG’s Institute of Digital Healthcare (IDH), believe that remote consulting practices should be adopted widely during the COVID-19 pandemic to help low and middle income countries to help combat the virus, and to provide quality healthcare to patients in the long-term.
By implementing remote consulting practices - such as by mobile phone or mobile app - to maintain services during the COVID-19 pandemic, health services in countries in Africa and South Asia could provide communities permanent access to healthcare that they previously struggled to access.
Dr Shiva Sathanandam of the Institute of Digital Healthcare (IDH) at The University of Warwick was a member of the panel during a debate and workshop that was chaired by David Brindle, Public Services Editor at The Guardian, held at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on the 24th July 2012. The panel comprised of members of academia, industry and the NHS.
Dr Sathanandam said of the event “The way forward for integrated care plus telehealth is the careful application of evidence on patient outcomes, types of technology and their benefits in appropriate settings to inform decision making.”
The IDH is working with representatives from all areas of the community in order to develop and implement approaches that will contribute to the development of healthcare solutions that can be up-scaled to reach more patients and increase the benefit from the use of limited resources.