Videogaming consoles with motion sensors, such as Microsoft Kinect or Nintendo Wii U, have been used for quite some time to improve patient activity. Now, the FDA clearance accordedReflexion Health marks a turning point in serious medical gaming.
Their Vera solution differs from others in its feedback feature. Not only are patients asked to practice rehabilitation exercises using Microsoft Kinect technology, but they are monitored, as well. Like a video game recording successful dance moves or enemies avoided, Vera records patient movements, tracking adherence to the plan set up by the physician. Doctors can customize treatment and rehabilitation exercises in Vera, adapting them to specific musculoskeletal problems. By fine tuning a program and getting to know how good patients are at applying it, Vera could improve the quality of home care for seniors or patients recovering from operations such as joint replacement surgery.