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“usability, improved patient adherence, and increased efficacy” of its RMT system over the current standard of care for physical therapy patients. To accomplish that, he startup will need to grow beyond its 10 current staffers (including contract employees), and Hutchins says Reflexion also is aggressively hiring additional software engineers.
Landing all $4.25 million in one fell swoop presumably gives Reflexion a jump on Jintronix, a two-year-old Montreal startup that also has been developing a Kinect-based system for rehabilitating both physical therapy and stroke patients. Jintronix won the $50,000 top prize in July at Montreal’s International Startup Festival, and is reportedly now seeking additional seed funding.
But Hutchins says the fact another startup also has been developing a Kinect system for use in physical therapy doesn’t mean that he’s already working to differentiate Reflexion and its technology.
“I’d say we’re more focused on demonstrating the utility of apps like this,” as an example of prescription software, Hutchins says. In any case, he says the market is big enough for more than one player, as Americans spend about $127 billion each year on musculoskeletal rehabilitation, according to estimates from the American Academy of Orthopedaedic Surgeons.
Hutchins says the system uses the Kinect for Windows’ motion tracking system and a personal computer, and provides interactive feedback and educational information to patients while they are exercising. Physical therapists and physicians will eventually be able to use the system to monitor a patient’s rehabilitation progress, improve patient adherence to the prescribed therapy, and ensure the exercises are performed correctly.
In a rehab following knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), for example, Hutchins says there are “classic moments” when a patient’s knee is feeling better, but in reality the graft is not yet ready for intensive exercise. The Reflexion system could help physical therapists and other caregivers ensure that patients don’t inadvertently re-injure themselves by overdoing their rehab, Hutchins says.