Occupational Therapy Tech Tools (2023)

Occupational Therapy Tech Tools (2023)

Technology and occupational therapy will continue to converge even more. In rehabilitation, we’ll use additional technological tools. And more and more occupational therapists will find employment in the health technology sector. 

This article’s goal is to familiarise you with the many types of technological instruments available on the market as well as the businesses that most likely need OT employees. So, Let’s explore the occupational therapy tech tools in detail.

Occupational Therapy Tech Tools (2023)

Please notice that although I divided technological developments into these separate categories for readability, some of them may apply to more than one category:

Early Intervention / Prevention as a Service

Early Intervention / Prevention as a Service

Preventing health issues from occurring before they occur is one of the most fascinating aspects of healthcare innovation. An alternative business model to our current excessive health spending AFTER an acute health care event has happened is prevention as a service. In the future, I can’t wait to expand this list with more businesses. 

  • Kaia (Care for Musculoskeletal Ailments)
  • Equip (Eating Disorder Treatment)

Prompt Detection

The next best thing is to catch a problem early if we can’t prevent it. This applies to several of the wearables listed below. However, I’m highlighting this technology that aids in the detection of changes to your vision: 

  • eyeQ Insight

Gaming for Rehabilitation: Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR)

They represent a few of the more well-known rehabilitation technology products because they aim to increase interest in individualized therapy. You can join the International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation if this is something that interests you. 

  • MusicGlove and FitMi from FlintRehab
  • IREX 
  • Mightier 
  • MindMaze 
  • Neofect Smart Glove from GestureTek
  • The REAL y-Series 
  • SaeboVR 
  • Squegg 
  • XR Health
  • XR Therapy System from Neurofenix 
  • Neuro Rehab VR is fantastic.

Computer-brain Interfaces

Computer-brain Interfaces

The most innovative type of health technology is certainly brain-computer interfacing. They involve “a direct pathway of electrical communication between the brain and an external device, most frequently a computer or robotic limb.” The consequences of rehabilitation are remarkable. Fortunately, the technology at hand is still in its infancy, giving us some time to comprehend it. 

  • Neuralink 
  • Resolutions

Wearables

Although wearables have been widely used, rehabilitation seems to use them less frequently for some reason. The popular health trackers and those used for particular ailments are listed below. I’m not sure how precisely this will look, but I want to see more people using these incredible tools in treatment!

  • Apple Watch
  • Fitbit (now part of Google)
  • Oura Ring
  • Samsung Galaxy Watch
  • Whoop
  • Apollo Neuro (stress relief)
  • Envision Glasses (low vision) 
  • FlintRehab MiGo (post-stroke) 
  • OMRON HeartGuide Wearable Blood Pressure Monitor
  • Spire’s Health Tags (chronic respiratory disease)

Automated Therapy

The gadgets I showed in a post I wrote about robotic treatment in 2018 have all been removed from the market by 2022. Active assist robotic treatment may not be a distinct field in the future of rehabilitation, but I believe it still has a role there. Here are a few choices for robotic therapy that are still available:  

  • Armeo Power & Armeo Spring 
  • Motus Nova 
  • Tyromotion Diego from Hocoma

Analytics of health data and health records

Analytics of health data and health records

Again, if you consider tech tools, this may not immediately come to mind, but big data analysis will play a significant role in the next phase of rehab. Additionally, this is a fantastic career route for occupational therapists. Important participants in this field include: 

  • Apple Health
  • Cerner
  • Google Care Studio
  • Health Catalyst
  • Net Health

Patient Encounter

Once more, this might not appear like a technical heading. But it most definitely is. Everyone who reads this can probably recall a negative patient encounter that they individually had. These, at best, entail hours squandered in a waiting area. Being particularly interested in how tech might enhance the patient experience, Amazon recently made the following acquisitions:

  • One Medical

Technology that Adapts

Occupational Therapists are particularly renowned for their work with adaptable technologies, which are last but certainly not least. In this blog post, you can read more about adaptive and assistive technology. Here are three businesses I’ve been keeping an eye on. 

  • Liftware’s products
  • Nuheara
  • WHILL’s personal electric vehicles 

Conclusion

This seemed to be among the most significant blog I’ve ever written, which is something I didn’t anticipate when I started. I believe that occupational therapy will be significantly impacted by the subsequent outcomes for those on these lists. 

All that I know is the fact that I want Occupational Therapists to work for each and every one of the aforementioned businesses! I sincerely hope you will have a look at the career pages to learn more about the possibilities open to therapists.