Interactive rehabilitation for the home

Release from Tue., November 06, 2012

Fraunhofer FOKUS and Discover Markets show solutions for telemedically supported therapies at the MEDICA 2012

Berlin, October 2012 – In hall 10, stand F05, at the MEDICA 2012 from 14 to 17 November in Düsseldorf, in cooperation with the Discover Markets project group, researchers from Fraunhofer FOKUS will be demonstrating a telemedically assisted therapy and training environment that supports the correct completion of rehabilitation programmes, as well as a therapy work station for patient care at home for the first time. Visitors to the exhibition are able to test their motion sequences on a screen and gain further suggestions from a sports therapist.

When spending time in hospital recovering from an accident or an illness, patients usually want to go home as soon as possible. Yet it is often the case that drawn out rehabilitation measures are necessary. With the MeineReha® system, Fraunhofer FOKUS has developed a telemedically assisted training and therapy environment for use in the home, in clinics and when on the move. It supports patients to continue therapy measures which they have learnt at hospital or in a rehabilitation clinic and thereby reduces the costs associated with long stays in clinics.

At the MEDICA 2012 medical exhibition, visitors to the joint stand of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft may find themselves getting sweaty as the researches are inviting visitors to join in and take part in posture exercises in front of a 3D camera or on a sensor mat when they will be supported by a sports therapist. When completing their exercises standing up, the positions of the individual limbs and the motion sequences will be captured by a 3D camera. Visitors to the exhibition will complete the exercises that they are shown on a screen by a virtual person. With the help of a sensor mat they can also engage in memory and response games. A small computer with a specially developed software programme (Rehabox) prepares the sensor data from the mat and camera and analyses whether the motion sequences are correct. A certificate of participation at the end of the exercise awards the visitor to the exhibition for their physical efforts. "The system is not only intended to motivate the person to exercise, it is primarily intended to motivate them to exercise correctly. Only in this way is it possible to achieve a sustained level of therapy success outside the clinic", explains Dr. Michael John, Project Manager at Fraunhofer FOKUS.