HealthSouth, Motorika To Create New Standard Of Care For Robot-Assisted Therapy

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Robot-Assisted Therapy

HealthSouth Corporation and Motorika will collaborate to create new products for robot-assisted therapy in the home in an effort to advance the use of technology in providing enhanced rehabilitative care to patients.

Under the terms of the worldwide agreement, Motorika will have the exclusive license to market and sell the AutoAmbulator, HealthSouth's robot-assisted gait therapy system and will assume responsibility for the manufacture, design, installation, maintenance, technical support, training and distribution of the machine.

With more than 80 AutoAmbulators already installed, HealthSouth will continue to implement this technology in its current and future hospitals. In addition, HealthSouth will install Motorika's Reo Go platform for robot- assisted arm therapy in at least 25 of its hospitals as the company continues to make investments in technology as a rehabilitative tool to maximize the clinical outcomes for its patients.

"This agreement is a defining moment in applying robotic technology to benefit patients receiving therapy for neurological conditions," said Omer Einav, Motorika's founder and chief operating officer. "HealthSouth and Motorika will create a new standard of care for neurological patients, with an integrated full body solution that enables precise levels of functionally- oriented therapy to deliver better patient outcomes."


"As the largest provider of inpatient rehabilitation in the country, we've long felt an obligation to take a leadership role in developing technologies - like the AutoAmbulator - to help our patients recover," said Dexanne Clohan, M.D., HealthSouth's chief medical officer, who will join Motorika's Scientific and Medical Advisory Board. "This agreement with Motorika takes our commitment to technology even further - pairing our clinical expertise with their experience in designing and marketing robot-assisted therapy tools. Together, we can help patients immediately with this innovative technology while continuing to invent and refine new practical applications of robotic technology to rehabilitation challenges.This arrangement gives our physicians and therapists a unique combination of new techniques to help patients. We're proud to stay on the cutting edge while furthering the access that patients have to high-tech therapy in their local communities and, eventually, their own homes."

HealthSouth and Motorika also have plans to create a center of excellence to demonstrate best practices of robot-assisted therapy technology for rehabilitation services.

Reo Go is a comprehensive therapy platform which includes a robotic guide and modular handle, easy to use software to customize exercise patterns and measure performance, and other accessories to enhance and support the patient experience. The technology was initially developed in Israel and today is in daily clinical use in leading rehabilitation hospitals and outpatient clinics. Reo Go is a Class II Exempt device and was introduced to the U.S. market in 2006.

Reo Therapy incorporates the use of robotics technology to provide an engaging, motivating program of functionally oriented training, with direct measurement of both the therapy activity programmed by the therapist and the corresponding changes in performance by the patient. It is administered to patients through the Reo Go platform.

The AutoAmbulator is a robot-assistance machine that assists clinicians in providing interactive therapy to their patients. It allows patients with neurological conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury to replicate a normal walking pattern on a treadmill in a safe, efficient manner as part of their rehabilitation.

The AutoAmbulator's synchronized robotic legs allow patients to walk safely and create normal gait patterns. The system was designed to allow therapists to safely adjust the amount of weight bearing to each patient's individual rehabilitation plan. Speed of walking can be varied to each patient's tolerance and gradually increased to reproduce gait patterns that simulate normal walking. Sophisticated programs power the AutoAmbulator through its integrated computer system, while sensors track numerous functions, continuously monitoring and adjusting power and speed according to each patient's physical requirements.