HT&Y The Health Tech and Age Award Shortlist: MIRA Rehab

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The MIRA platform is an innovative software platform containing clinically based video games designed to assist the rehabilitation and physical therapy treatment by providing a fun and engaging tool.

To address the problem of ageing population and falls among older people we have developed exergames for this purpose and tested then in a clinical environment with people at high risk of falling. The exergames were specifically developed to improve strength and balance to prevent falls and improve function in older people by interactively engaging them to increase treatment uptake and adherence. This enables evidence-based personalised and cost-effective treatment in the patients private homes as well as clinics carehomes and community settings. This innovative tele-rehabilitation product (MIRA) enables an evidence-based personalised cost-effective approach that could significantly (based on comparable tools):

1) Improve patient emotional wellbeing mobility and independent living & quality of life;

2) Reduce waiting time to access physiotherapy services

3) Increase flexibility in accessing treatment exercises.

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Judges Comments:

“To be able to do these exercises but have the health professional to monitor how they are being done and if there are areas of improvement to ensure that the rehabilitation process is working”

“Can be used for all of those needing rehabilitation”

“A great way to keeping the elderly entertained and active”

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About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and commentator. She is based in London and is the founder and Chief Executive of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal. Through networking, technology, research, relationships and campaigning 2020health has influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991. Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She specialised in diabetes (University of Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care) and founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, a home and prison visiting practice for people with mental and physical disabilities using the latest digital technology, which she sold to Healthcall (now part of Specsavers) in 2009. Experiences of working in the NHS, contributing to policy development, raising two children in the inner-city and standing in the General Election in Bristol in 2005 led to Julia forming 2020health at the end of 2006. Julia is a regular guest on TV and radio shows such as BBC News, ITV’s Daybreak/ GMB, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions, BBC Radio, LBC and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week. She is mum to a rugby-mad son, a daughter passionate about Shakespeare, and wife of a comprehensive school assistant head-teacher. She loves gardening, ballet, Zimbabwe, her Westies Skye and Angus, is an honorary research associate at UCL and a Fellow of the RSA.
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