New Product May Help Rehabilitation Start Earlier and Be Accessed By More People

New Product May Help Rehabilitation Start Earlier and Be Accessed By More People

By Staff.

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.

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Tim Mason

Here is a link to the product (s) mentioned above. The systems require a hardwired Ethernet connection in the wall much like a fax machine. I was curious about the following items since these are for disabled people at home.
1) Price
2) HIPPA Security
3) Insurance coverage
I am not certain but this could fall under employee or staff reduction for Occupational therapists or Physical therapists. (Much like a self check out at a grocery store that actually took a job from someone)
Here is the link:


Agree, must have a motivated patient.IF a patient has had an unfortunate health degenerating incident, and the patient suffers WITH pain and a debilitating condition, speech, cognitive, auditory “problem” , pain Trumps it all. Have a brother, a veteran, that recently suffered “a” stroke, already in constant pain from an incident in a “tank”. some years ago in the military Suffered a stroke, caused speech problems,and in fact, has to have a speech therapist attend, teach him, at home, twice weekly. Some days now, at 53 years old, he can barely get the will, the courage, to get out of a supine condition, lying down to be “taught”.Sure, there may be possibilities in reducing “humanization”, a live therapist but, dehumanizing a patient could cause worsening health conditions. Dehumanizing the pain patient by a mandatory “maximum” type and dosage of the ONLY medication that “works”,as of right now, for each and every pain patient without regard to any “statistic” is the norm. The law. The “best” for one and all” Just as “BITS” may, help the patient, it will depend on the individual patient. Sometimes with a particular health condition, “games” may not be the best solution. Only my opinion.

This could be one of the best things that has happened lately.Only thing you must have a motivated bed patient first.