Spinal Cord Injury
Technology (e.g. robotics, assistive technology, mHealth)
In Latin America there are approximately 6,000 rehabilitation specialists across 20 countries – indicating 0.25 physiatrists per 100,000 individuals. Among these clinicians, individuals with a subspecialty in neurorehabilitation are rare. Accordingly, basic rehabilitative care is often unavailable for individuals with spinal cord injury/disorders (SCI/D) and other approaches for intervention are required. A mobile health app for providers and patients is proposed to address this problem. To fill in the knowledge gap for providers, the app offers tools for the evaluation and treatment of a range of SCI/D specific conditions. For example, clinicians can access updated information in reading and video formats, including talks and training courses on the key SCI/D subject matter. Additionally, clinicians can access assessment instruments and configure the treatment plans. The patient facing portal offers opportunities for symptom assessment, recommendations for self-care, and self-management tools. This too will offer educational materials, which can be preset by a professional. This app will be provided for free in order to make rehabilitation accessible to people with SCI/D from all over Latin America, with the fundamental intention of preventing complications and improving the quality of life of these people.