Wellbe, Kiio: Offer combined solution for joint replacement physical therapy

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Combined expertise in therapeutic exercises and patient engagement provide best-of-breed solution for rehabilitation

MADISON, Wis. — Wellbe, the leading technology for guiding patients through their episodes of care, and Kiio, an innovator in physical therapy automation, today announced a new collaboration to help hospitals reduce costs and optimize clinical outcomes through customizable, automated rehab exercises.

The patented kiio FLEX software contains over 1,500 therapist-certified fully animated exercise templates. Kiio’s technology allows each exercise to be customized, enabling therapists to precisely communicate prescribed range of motion, timing, and force targets to their patients. Patients are provided with individually tailored easy-to-understand exercise routines, thereby increasing confidence, satisfaction, and adherence, benefits which in turn result in improved patient outcomes. The software also integrates with the kiio Sensor, a handheld portable wireless device which accurately measures and calculates complex muscle function metrics, allowing physical therapists to objectively assess patients and track their progress through rehabilitation.

“Studies show that use of preoperative physical therapy in total joint replacement yields a 29% decrease in post-acute care needs, resulting in up to $1200 savings in the average cost of the episode of care,” said Dave Grandin, CEO of Kiio. “The combination of Kiio and Wellbe is a perfect fit to mitigate risk and improve care consistent with the new Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model mandated by Medicare to start April 1, 2016.”

Wellbe’s CarePath technology delivers pre-hab and rehab exercises within the context of a patient’s care plan. Wellbe’s unique Connected Care system has successfully helped hospitals engage their patients pre- and post-surgery in becoming active participants in their own care, resulting in 85% completion rates of prescribed exercise regimens.

“Recent research published at a prominent orthopedic surgeon meeting showed that therapist prescribed in-home exercise routines are highly effective when adhered to,” said James Dias, CEO of Wellbe. “Collaborating with Kiio allows us to offer the market a best-of-breed hybrid solution for hospitals looking to reduce their costs for post-acute care in value-based payment models.”

Hospitals who take advantage of both solutions can realize benefits of a delivering patients individualized rehab exercises as part of a comprehensive patient engagement strategy across the continuum of care.

“UW Health believes strongly in supporting the Madison technology environment,” said Jane Powers, Director of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at UW Health. “Our support for local entrepreneurial companies, including Kiio and Wellbe, continues at UW Health at the American Center, where we are providing state of the art services and care to our patients.”

About Wellbe (http://www.wellbe.me)
Wellbe, the inventor of the cloud-based Guided CarePath, works with health providers to engage patients as partners in their episodes of care. Our Guided CarePaths empower patients to learn and take the actions required to achieve better outcomes at lower costs. High-performing hospitals use Wellbe’s Connected Care solutions to improve the experience and efficiency of helping patients to successfully navigate their medical treatments and surgeries.

About Kiio Inc. (www.kiio.com)
Kiio provides proprietary objective data solutions (collection, management, analysis, reporting, mobile patient engagement) for physical and occupational therapy. Kiio’s platform is designed to enable evidence-based practice and dramatically improve the efficiency and efficacy of the therapeutic process, resulting in improved patient outcomes at reduced payer and provider cost.