A new touchscreen-based platform that runs rehabilitative software and four standardized assessments that challenge and assess a person’s physical, visual, auditory and cognitive abilities may help occupational and physical therapists start rehabilitation sooner.
Called the Bioness Integrated Therapy System (BITS), the product has bedside and mobile configurations are beneficial to those with mobility restrictions and may not be able to maintain an upright posture.
“With BITS Bedside & Mobile, patients are able to begin innovative, interactive therapies much earlier than they would have otherwise,” said Debra Ouellette, MS, OTR/L, BCPR, SCLV, Occupational Therapist and Clinical Coordinator at Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare. “These additional configurations support those who are not able to leave their hospital room for rehabilitation activities. Research supports initiation of therapy early in patient recovery and the BITS allows for a more engaging approach to motor, cognitive, and visual therapies bedside.”
BITS Bedside and Mobile promotes patient participation in therapy even when they may not be able to stand, sit and/or experience mobility challenges.
“As one of the most utilized patient engagement tools in rehabilitation, we are excited to offer additional BITS configurations to motivate patients and ease clinician workload,” said Todd Cushman, President and CEO of Bioness. “A key component of successful rehabilitation is patient engagement. The BITS Bedside and Mobile expand utilization by providing user-friendly configurations tailored to the specific needs of each therapy discipline.”
According to the company, BITS is a multi-disciplinary therapy product designed to motivate patients, and improve clinician efficiency. Its interactive touchscreen and program options challenge patient performance using visual motor activities, visual and auditory processing, cognitive skills and endurance training. The BITS software and assessments work to rehabilitate in the areas of occupational, physical, and speech therapies, and can also be used in exercises for athletic training. BITS Bedside and BITS Mobile are two configurations for those not able to be upright, allowing patients to participate in these assessments and challenges while in a controlled rehabilitation space, so their progress is not hindered by an inability to stand or sit during recovery.
Featured image from Bioness product brochure.