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Another Example of Digital Therapies Getting FDA Clearance

Another Example of Digital Therapies Getting FDA Clearance
Digital health startup Reflexion Health has won FDA clearance for it Vera virtual rehabilitation system that allows joint replacement therapy to do their exercises at home. 

Digital health startup Reflexion Health has won FDA clearance for it Vera virtual rehabilitation system that allows joint replacement therapy to do their exercises at home. 

Arundhati Parmar

San Diego-based Reflexion Health announced this week that its Vera virtual rehabilitation therapy system has won FDA clearance. 

The software system is paired with the Microsoft Kinect gaming technology that joint replacement patients can use to do their prescribed exercises at home. A virtual guide - an avatar of Vera - guides the patients through the physical therapy routine.

The system not only coaches and encourages patients to perform their regimens at home, it also tracks their performance and reports back the data to the physical therapist. With this information, the therapist is able to tweak the therapy in real time to optimize for each patient.

“We are thrilled to be one of a growing number of digital medicine companies to receive FDA clearance to use innovative tools and methods, such as Vera, to deliver care in a more engaging and efficient way,” said Spencer Hutchins, CEO and co-founder of Reflexion Health, in a statement. “We look forward to continuing to demonstrate Vera’s positive impact on patients, doctors, and therapists.”

The company has partnerships with the Cleveland Clinic and Brooks Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville, Florida. And as it seeks to expand the use of Vera, the FDA clearance will come as a handy tool to convince clinicians.

Here's an example of how Brooks Rehabilitation Center is using Reflexion Health's Vera.

Arundhati Parmar is senior editor at MD+DI. Reach her at [email protected] and on Twitter @aparmarbb

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