#HealthIT #mhealth Big Data & Mobile Technology Deliver Precision Therapy to Accelerate Stroke Recovery

#HealthIT #mhealth Big Data & Mobile Technology Deliver Precision Therapy to Accelerate Stroke Recovery


 Big data and mobile technology are playing key roles in the recovery from stroke­related language and cognitive impairment, according to an internal study conducted by Constant Therapy, which provides a science­based, customized brain rehabilitation software program. After analyzing more than 20 million therapy exercises completed by users on its mobile platform, the company found that stroke patients who engage in at­home therapy receive more therapy and experience greater improvement in both cognitive and speech accuracy and processing speed during their recovery.


That same data, now available at scale, enables speech­language pathologists and other healthcare clinicians to understand and predict what brain therapy exercises will be most effective for individual stroke patients. The company’s NeuroPerformance EngineTM, an advanced analytics engine, analyzes patient performance and automatically personalizes therapy based on their specific performance and needs.


“Combining big data and mobile technology allows us to collect more and better data throughout the rehabilitation process than was ever possible before,” said Keith Cooper, CEO of Constant Therapy. “The more data we collect, the better our algorithms become and the more we can recommend and deliver precision medicine. It’s really the dream of personalized healthcare.”


Results from Constant Therapy’s study, which analyzed more than 100 million data points, include:

  • Accuracy in language and cognitive exercises improved 15% in individuals with severe impairments by completing 100 exercises, and 40% for those completing 500 or more of the same exercises.
  • Processing speed in language and cognitive exercises improved more than 20% with 100 items completed, and over 80% after completing more than
 500 exercises
  • Stroke survivors engaged in at­home therapy receive five times more therapy than patients receiving in-­clinic therapy alone

According to Esther, a patient’s wife, “I work full time, and I used to feel guilty that I did not have the energy to sit with my husband and practice speech therapy after work each evening. The Constant Therapy app allows Paul to practice when he wants and get immediate feedback. Each evening I go over the results with him, and we look at levels he has progressed as well as areas that are more difficult for him. I share the results with his SLP’s so they are informed about strengths and weaknesses. Overall the app has been a wonderful supplement to Paul’s speech therapy. He is eager to use it daily to see if he can improve his score or if there are changes in the app. Constant Therapy is more adaptive than other speech therapy apps, and tasks don’t get tedious.”

Because the therapy is available for use on an iPad, Android or Kindle tablet device, rehabilitation exercises that are assigned and practiced during an in­-clinic session can be continued at home. As the person continues to practice, a speech and language pathologist ­­ or the technology itself ­­ can advance an individual through a series of more challenging exercises to help improve memory, attention and speaking



SOURCE: Constant Therapy http://constanttherapy.com | To learn more about Constant Therapy or to download the application, which includes a 30­day free trial, visit https://constanttherapy.com/signup/.

About Constant Therapy 

Boston-­based Constant Therapy provides mobile applications for continuous and customized therapy to people with speech, language, cognition, memory and learning disorders. Born out of groundbreaking research at Boston University and in use at prominent and nationally recognized rehabilitation institutions, Constant Therapy provides the most comprehensive set of tools for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and stroke survivors and for people with aphasia or dementia. Therapy tasks are based on the latest research and are easy to use. With 65 task categories and a growing library of over 60,000 exercises, patients can continue to make progress at home or even after traditional care ends in the clinic.

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