Many stroke and traumatic brain injury sufferers experience difficulty speaking or understanding what other people are saying.
Thankfully the brain is able to repair itself to some extent, with the help of cognitive and speech therapy programs.
However the rehabilitation process is very expensive and often requires weekly visits of specialty clinics.
A startup business called Constant Therapy transformed years’ worth of aphasia rehabilitation research at Boston University into a digitized cognitive-communication therapy program that patients can use on iPads from the comfort of their homes.
The Boston based company have received their first round of outside funding from Boston University, TiE Angels Boston and serial entrepreneur Andy Palmer to continue developing and marketing the program.
Constant Therapy designed their program for people who have had a traumatic brain injury or stroke. The app allows speech and language therapists to create, modify and monitor customized therapy programs that patients can access anywhere as long as they have internet access.
The app is cloud-based and features more than 50 different tasks and 10 levels of difficulty from which therapists can choose when building the custom programs. As patients progress in their rehabilitation the program can be modified accordingly.
There is a number of communication apps already available that have been developed with stroke patients in mind.
Constant Therapy’s is based on research conducted by Swathi Kiran at the Aphasia Research Laboratory at Boston University where it is currently being tested on 50 patients. So far the app is very sucesful as the patients have demonstrated “remarkable positive treatment outcomes,”
CEO and co-founder of Constand Therapy, Veera Anantha said that study is on track to be finished in the next few months.
A free trial is available for download in the App Store.
About Pathway Software
Pathway Software (www.pathwaysoftware.com) specialises in the design and development of patient information systems for Allied Health professionals.
Its flagship product, Therapy Manager, is an Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system specifically designed for Therapy Services to provide decision makers with the ability to track and manage clinical activity and analyse cost of care by patient, episode or service. The system also demonstrably reduces administration time and the costs of managing Therapy Services.