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New trial telehealth system helps stroke patients recover at home

Published on Mar 31, 2014 7:11 PM
 
NUH staff, act as patient using an Ipad to demonstrate the exercising, the technology works that NUH is introducing a new telehealth system to monitor the recovery of stroke patients at home. Stroke patients may now be able to recover in the comfort of their own homes, thanks to a new telehealth system that is being tested. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Stroke patients may now be able to recover in the comfort of their own homes, thanks to a new telehealth system that is being tested.

These patients often find it hard to go to the hospital for rehabilitation, noted Associate Professor Gerald Koh, who heads the project . "It's hard for them to move around or get to a hospital and they have to wait for a caregiver to bring them there."

"With this system, caregivers can do the exercises with them anytime," said Prof Koh, who is from the Saw Swee Hock of School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

The new tele-rehabilitation system can free up beds and manpower in community hospitals, said Ms Carolina Png, Deputy Director of Allied Health at the Ang Mo Kio Thye Hua Kwan Hospital (AMK-THKH). "Therapists can spend more time on those that need intensive rehab," she added.

 
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