Innovative computer tablet could help stroke patients recover

Posted on Friday, January 6, 2017

Dr. Dar Dowlatshahi and patient Norbert Franke / Le Dr. Dar Dowlatshahi et le patient Norbert Franke

Photo credit: Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Stroke patients often spend days or weeks recovering in hospital, and while some rehabilitation services are available during this crucial time, many spend hours each day alone and inactive. 

But now, some stroke patients at The Ottawa Hospital are using this time for speech and language therapy using a mobile tablet-based platform developed by stroke specialist Dr. Dar Dowlatshahi and colleagues. The platform, which is believed to be the first of its kind, is called RecoverNow. It allows clinicians to select various publicly-available stroke recovery apps from the Google Play store and monitor patients’ progress in real-time.  

“Patients admitted with stroke spend the majority of their time inactive and alone, awaiting tests and therapies,” said Dr. Dowlatshahi, who is also an associate professor at the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute. “We designed RecoverNow to help patients engage in recovery therapy during this down-time while still in their hospital beds, whether it be in the evenings, weekends, or in between tests during the week.”

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