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 pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Formerly a clinical optometrist specialising in diabetes and visual impairment, she is the founder and Director of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and now also a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technology for stress management in the workplace. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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