FORCE Therapeutics a releasing an iPad version of their FORCE Connect product which will extend the FORCE TherEx injury rehab platform to mobile and tablet users. FORCE Connect allows a physical therapist to program a patient’s mobile device with custom exercise videos and recommended gear, track patients’ compliance to their home exercise program while staying in touch through secure messaging and automatic alerts.
FORCE Connect is available for any patient of a FORCE-enabled physical therapy clinic. Physical Therapists use FORCE TherEx in their practices to manage patients, track compliance and effortlessly assign video exercises. With FORCE Connect, patients now have an easy way to manage their home rehab program in a fun and engaging environment.
According to the company thirty one million Americans are in physical therapy annually with an average length of stay between 8 and 12 weeks. Injury recovery is largely driven by patients’ compliance to home exercise programs. Patients are responsible for their progress and home exercises are a crucial part of their recovery. A study by Fizyoter Rehabilitation found that only 39% of patients complete their home exercise program (HEP). Additionally, a study published by the Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association, found patients who receive paper instruction for their exercises exhibit poorer performance than patients who receive video exercises. A number of studies have found that patients who know they’re being monitored are more likely to adhere to their home exercise programs.
In other company news FORCE Therapeutics will be presenting as a finalist at Morganthaler Ventures prestigious DC to VC Health IT event in San Francisco this October in conjunction with the 2012 Health 2.0 conference.