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COVID-19:Seeking licensees for neuro rehabilitation platform

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Reference Number: TOUK20200505001
Publication Date: 12 May 2020


A South East UK company has developed a comprehensive neuro rehabilitation platform that enables continued treatment to outpatients, which is particularly valuable during medical emergencies such as C19. It is looking for partners to offer license agreements. Potential partners for this company are national health bodies, also sectoral/occupational organisations including neuro physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, art therapists, dieticians, and neuro psychologists.


Globally, over 250 million people are affected by neurological conditions. Researches show that these conditions can be acquired through stroke, traumatic brain injury, encephalitis, and brain tumours. These conditions can also be a result of   progressive diseases such as dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis.
The UK company has developed a comprehensive neuro rehabilitation platform to address all types of neurological conditions as listed above and it allows bespoke rehabilitation programmes and remote support from family members. This platform with its mobile phone application narrows the gap between inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. It makes the process of patients and their families connecting to therapists in their local area far easier. The platform supports six therapist disciplines; Neuro Physiotherapists, Speech & Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Arts Therapists, Dieticians and Neuro Psychologists. All of these therapy disciplines are involved to a greater or lesser extent in neurological rehabilitation.
A patient's journey within the platform is as follows:
-Patient is transferred from Intensive Care Unit to the Rehabilitation Ward within hospital.
- Patient and/or relatives set up a patient profile including condition(s), impairment(s),goals, GP details, date of admission and other details.
- Inpatient rehabilitation team is established through the directory of therapists.
- All team members can communicate securely through the patient’s own ‘message board’ on the platform.
- Therapists set tasks under each patient goal to enable daily progress tracking. Therapists can also attach media (PDF files, video, photo and audio files) to each task to aid the patient in completing them.
- Before discharge from hospital, the patient connects to their outpatient team. This enables a smooth transition to outpatient rehabilitation and can reduce the amount of time spent in hospital.
- The new outpatient team can view reports previously written by the inpatient team and quickly formulate a new rehabilitation program for the patient or edit the existing one.
- Therapy outcome measures can be monitored by the therapists and recorded within the platform.
- Therapists of all six disciplines have their own personal resource library which utilizes secure cloud storage. These resources can be assigned to individual patients to assist
them and their family members with at home rehabilitation.
- The centralization of the rehabilitation programme and associated media ensures that the patient can continue their therapy safely at home.
UK company’s platform is particularly helpful during the COVID-19 outbreak. Hospitals all around the world are discharging patients with neurological conditions earlier than they would otherwise do and many hospitals are at full capacity caused by COVID-19. This platform allows patients to start/continue their therapies within the comfort of their home, improving patient outcomes, quality of life and lowering the chances of readmission to hospital.
A recent preliminary research published in British Medical Journal suggests that some of the COVID-19 patients with underlying conditions may need one/more than one form of therapy after the patient has been discharged from the hospital. Although there is little research on this new development, the platform would also be suitable for these patients. The platform is registered as a class I medical device and carries a CE mark.
This UK company operates a very affordable subscription model on an individual or ‘bulk’ basis, the latter being suitable for any public or private healthcare organisation. The company is offering license agreements to national health bodies.
UK company's platform is highly endorsed by several sectoral therapist organizations in the UK, therefore they are willing to engage with the counterparts of these organizations in other countries that are potential partners .

Advantages and Innovations

-Easing the burden on social care through improved patient outcomes and increase the efficiency of community and inpatient therapy teams through digitization and improved communication.
-Platform has the ability to write to UK patient records and looks to replicate this function in other countries
-Remote monitoring and progress tracking on the patient is available to all team members.
-Platform allows users to provide consent to their anonymised data being written to a research database.
-Be compliant with all regional data security requirements (e.g. General Data Protection Regulation and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in UK).
-The data collected on mood, fatigue, patient engagement/self-management, family support, patient outcomes and personal goal achievement is not available on any of the products targetting the same type of patients

Stage Of Development

Already on the market

Requested partner

Ideal partner to this UK company can be national health bodies of target countries.These national health bodies can be the equivalent to the NHS trusts in UK or any type of government bodies dealing with the treatment of target patient groups.  A licencing agreement will be offered to these organizations. Platform's language is English by default but the structure allows non-English speaking countries to use it effectively.

This UK company is also looking for regulatory bodies as well as different associations including the six different therapy discipline (neuro physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, art therapists, dieticians, and neuro physcologists). Examples of the UK version to target potential partners can be HCPC-Health and Care Professionals Council, Association for Chartered Physiotherapists In Neurology, Association of Speech & Language Therapists, The UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum.

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