We connect patients, therapists and the care team through an automated platform to achieve extraordinary neurological recoveries all day, every day. Some people call it virtual care, some say connected care, and others choose telerehabilitation. We say it’s the way this kind of healthcare should be delivered.
If you want to join us, or can fuel or support our journey in some way, please get in touch.
Read more about our recognition at the 2018 NZHIT Innovation Awards here.
Elliott Kernohan, CEO
Anne Recordon, Clinical Director
Kate Reid, Independent Director
We started with patients
The original “handlebar” was taped to a joystick stuck upside down on the ceiling. The next prototype was a couple of sawn-off crutches held together by a lab clamp. These devices and the first ableX games were developed at IRL, a crown research institute. Initial clinical trials investigated the effect on chronic stroke disability, with strong results. IRL (now Callaghan Innovation) spun off the ableX concept into a company founded by Sunil Vather and Geoff Todd.
Neuroplasticity, stimulated by intensive bilateral arm training, was at that time understood in research circles but was not part of routine healthcare for stroke. And anyway, the typical rehab exercises were pretty dull and meaningless – hard work like this needs to be fun.
Once in the market, we began to observe ableX having an effect not only on patients’ physical function, but also on their concentration, their self confidence and overall well being. And patients loved the freedom of playing the games every day in their own time.
And then we looked at healthcare delivery
We noticed that community and clinic-based rehab teams started looking at the ableX as an adjunct to their standard care: this was a tool which was easy to prescribe and which any health worker or a caregiver could administer, on top of 1:1 regular therapy.
An important part of this is transferring our expertise to the care team, which we are currently collating as an online knowledge base available to all users, from caregivers to accredited health professionals.
A “whole-of-system” solution
Our first device customers are now becoming our first telerehabilitation clients. Down the track, ableX will become standard of care for neurological conditions, and may provide a template for other digital health solutions to deliver.