Can an Application Augment and Enhance Rehabilitation with Jonathan Rose and Nirtal Shah


Dr. Jonathan Rose, Professor at the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Engineering at the University of Toronto and Nirtal Shah, Physiotherapist at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto join the show to talk about their current research project and marketed applications on the use of mobile apps in post-operative care and physiotherapy.

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Key Takeaways

[:39] Jenna introduces today’s guests, Dr. Jonathan Rose, Professor at ECE University of Toronto, and Nirtal Shah, Physiotherapist from the University of Toronto.

[1:32] Nirtal shares the story of how he and Jonathan met in 2010 and how their research collaboration flourished.

[2:54] Jonathan and Nirtal touch on who plays what roles in their collaboration as well as the reasons for starting a for-profit company to distribute a physiotherapy mobile application for total knee replacement surgery.

[5:03] Nirtal explains what replacement knee surgery entails as well as the lack of insurance coverage on post-operative physiotherapy — which created the opportunity to broaden access to post-op care.

[8:07] What does the app look like and what does it do for the user? Jonathan and Nirtal explain the progression of exercises and the structure of the app.

[10:59] Testing has found that patients are finding the app significantly more helpful than the conventional post-surgery care papers provided for them after the procedure as well as easy to use and understand.

[12:19] Nirtal and Jonathan speak to the user feedback mechanisms they’ve put in place and how they helped co-create the app and make it a truly efficient supplement to rehabilitation.

[15:39] Jonathan goes first in sharing his goals for the future of this application but also of technology in general in the field of medicine as well as the biggest problems he hopes to tackle in the field of physiotherapy. Nirtal touches on the prospects the work they are doing may be spearheading.

[20:18] What adoption challenges could be forecasted with this application in terms of an older population?

[24:22] Jenna thanks Jonathan and Nirtal for coming on the podcast. Until next time, subscribe, rate, and share!

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More about today’s guest

Jonathan Rose at the University of Toronto

Nirtal Shah at the University of Toronto