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”

About Julia Manning

Julia is a social pioneer, writer and campaigner. She studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991, later specialising in visual impairment and diabetes. During her career in optometry, she lectured at City University, was a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital and worked with Primary Care Trusts. She ran a domiciliary practice across south London and was a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. Julia formed 20/20Health in 2006. Becoming an expert in digital health solutions, she led on the NHS–USA Veterans’ Health Digital Health Exchange Programme and was co-founder of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Her research interests are now in harnessing digital to improve personal health, and she is a PhD candidate in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at UCL. She is also dedicated to creating a sustainable Whole School Wellbeing Community model for schools that builds relationships, discovers assets and develops life skills. She is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Digital Health Council. 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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