Why rehab centres use RehaCom following brain injury?

RehaCom is used by a majority of German rehabilitation hospitals for a few good reasons.  The first reason is that RehaCom has a long history of effective use by clinicians in Germany and it fits their clinical structures and processes very well.

RehaCom was conceived from the beginning as a tool for the clinician

The German Society of Neurology publishes guidelines for the treatment of cognitive deficits after stroke, TBI and other brain insults.   We often have consensus guidelines for clinical issues in the UK but in Germany the guidelines are both specific and mandatory. The good news if you are a German patient is that their guidelines specify what kind of treatment patients are given, how often treatment is given and how focused it is on a particular deficit.

RehaCom is adopted by nearly all German rehabiliation hospitals because it fits all the mandatory clinical requirements by offering a deficit focused, intensive and auto-adaptive tool for the clinician to use.

In the UK, RehaCom was not accepted at first because once upon a time clinicians doubted that computer-aided training would result in resititution of deficits - they looked for evidence of efficacy of the software as a type of "stand alone" intervention. 

In actual fact, RehaCom is not like a pill that you take and it never makes sense to judge it like this.  It is a tool for the clinician to use in rehabilitation to achieve both compensatory and restitution gains.  We now know that resititution is possible as we have learned more about the processes of neuroplasticity and the evidence backing RehaCom has continued to grow.  However, RehaCom was conceived from the beginning as a tool for the clinician - never a replacement for him or her.

As our health services are under pressure, they need tools like RehaCom that can

  • lead to more effective and intensive treatment
  • save time and money

European therapists have used RehaCom versions since the 1990's for good reason. It produces results and it saves them time.

Therapists understand that RehCom offers them

  1. Minimal preparation
  2. Reduced need to monitor the patient during therapy because the patient is monitored continuously, the tasks are adpated automatically and the course of therapy is automatically recorded.   The software provides automatic tracking of patient performance and documents progress.
  3.  Exhaustive amounts of content that doesnt overwhelm the patient - the content automatically varies based on the patient's performance whether they have severe deficits or high functioning.

If we compare what the therapist might do with or without RehaCom this is what we might find.

Workload without RehaCom

Time Profile WITHOUT RehaCom

Workload WITH RehaCom

Time Profile WITH RehaCom

Of a total session time of 45 minutes the therapist working without RehaCom might spend 5 minutes preparing, 30 minutes actual therapy time and 10 minutes documenting what happened. With RehaCom the preparation time and reporting time are minimal so that more session time (approximately 22%) is spent actually providing therapy.

In Germany the therapist will typically be able to treat up to four patients at a time with RehaCom without compromising the quality of outcome.

The aim of RehaCom is to enable clinicians to provide evidence based treatment, improve quality of life for patients and do this in an efficient and effective way.  Contact us to arrange a demo