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February 24 / 2020

Tech designed to address lack of access to rehab specialists in rural Alberta

EDMONTON — The robotics lab at the University of Alberta has developed technology to connect rural patients with rehabilitation specialists hundreds of kilometres away.  

Tele-Rehab 2.0 uses what’s called virtual rehabilitation platform, or VRP.

The system sends data collected from motion capture, sensors and cameras to a clinician in a city, who then assesses the patient.

“We are collecting data that we don’t collect in face-to-face assessment,” said U of A rehab medicine professor Martin Ferguson-Pell.

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