Burlingame, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/14/2016 -- The patients of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be able to use NEOFECT's Rapael Smart Glove to improve the efficiency of their post-stroke rehabilitation program.
NEOFECT is an international health technology startup with offices in South Korea, the U.S., and Europe. The team has designed Rapael Smart Glove, a bio-feedback system to help patients with neurological and musculoskeletal injuries regain their hand mobility. The set includes a glove-like wearable device with embedded sensors and an artificial intelligence software. The main feature of the Rapael is the therapy program based on training games.
The learning schedule algorithm analyzes data transmitted from the glove's sensors via Bluetooth and offers different games. The software adjusts games' difficulty levels to keep participants interested and alert. Doctors can monitor the progress in a real time and design custom rehabilitation programs.
NEOFECT was named a CES 2017 Innovation Award Honoree for the Rapael Smart Glove. Now, it is available for use in hospitals and at home.
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is the nation's leading provider of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care to patients from around the world. RIC has been designated the "No. 1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America" by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991.
The organization has bought several Rapael Smart Gloves to incorporate them in their rehabilitation regimen.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) has a network of 150 hospitals around the country. After a rigid selection process, Rapael Smart Glove has been approved for use in their system. Now, any DVA patient can receive reimbursement for renting the device for at-home therapy. The rentals are available in the U.S. for $99 a month, representing significant savings compared to a conventional rehabilitation program.
One of the DVA patients, Michael E. from Anaheim, Calif., has described his experience of using Rapael: "At this point, I'm actually able to straighten up my fingers and close my fists. I can make my fingers dance. I can shake hands with confidence and pick up things using my right hand, which I thought I would never will. Rapael has put me over the top and gave me hope that my hand eventually will go back to normal. "
The new collaborations with reputable healthcare organizations will help NEOFECT to bring technological innovations to more stroke victims, giving them hope for healthy, gratifying future.
To learn more about NEOFECT, visit the company's website: www.neofect.com
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