About our project
The problem we solve:
Currently there are 472,000 rehab clinicians in the United States. These clinicians are making treatment decisions using subjective tools, like "rate your pain from 1-10." This would be like your doctor determining whether or not to keep you on blood pressure medicine numbers based on what you feel your blood pressure is.
This system of subjective assessment is not working. The 3 main stakeholders in injury rehab--the patients, the clinicians and the insurers--are dissatisfied with the lack of practical objective measurement tools. The patients want the clinicians to tell them how much better they are getting, not the other way around. The clinicians are frustrated, because the patients' responses don't always accurately reflect the progress they are making. Insurers are nervous about allocating resources based on highly subjective information.
Currently, no system exists that can address this problem while making all 3 stakeholders happy.
About our solution:
Our solution is an IOT platform that uses a small, wireless motion sensors coupled with proprietary signal processing algorithms, which feeds a responsive web app. The system works by collecting data on the motion of a patient's injured body part as they go through a set of pre-prescribed exercises during their clinical visits. The data is then analyzed by our proprietary signal processing algorithms. Then that analyzed data is displayed on the clinicians laptop, tablet or smartphone. The analyzed data provides key objective measures that the clinician can use as a marker for injury rehabilitation progress.
When the clinicians reviews the data collected with the patient, the clinician can bill insurance and expect reimbursement.
Currently, we have developed a prototype platform. Using this prototype platform we have been able to run pilots programs with a small group of clinicians. During these pilot programs we validated that clincians using our system will be reimbursed by both public and commercial insurance.
Additionally, we have reached out to dozens of rehabilitation clinicians to get their feedback on our system. We have received overwhelming demand for our system from these clincians. The demand has been equal across all of our market segments.
Now we are looking for a small investment (>$30,000) so we can build our cloud infrastructure, so that our system will seemlessly scale. Then we can begin our sales efforts outside of our pilot locations.
About Our Team
University of Miami Bio:
I am a nationally certified athletic trainer. I received my training at the University of Miami, where I worked with elite athletes including dozens of professional football, basketball and baseball players. Additionally, I worked in a research lab that focused on creating low-cost motion analysis systems. Before joining Kinometrix, I consulted with the military on programs to optimize human performance. I feel passionately that we can create pragmatic solutions for clinicians to get better feedback from their patients, thus leading to better treatment outcomes.
Chief Operating Officer
About Team Members
Chief Medical Officer, MD
Biography: Dr. Michael April is a board certified PM&R physician. He has over 25 years of clinical experience. Before his medical training, Dr. April received a degree in engineering from Johns Hopkins University. While doing his undergraduate work, Dr. April worked in a robotics lab with Jim Albus at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. April believes that technology can be leveraged to provide patients with the optimal outcomes.
Chief Executive Officer, Ph. D.
Biography: Marc is a serial entrepreneur with a biomedical and electrical engineering background. He received his Ph. D. from Johns Hopkins University in Electrical Engineering. His areas of expertise are embedded systems and signal processing algorithms. He holds multiple U.S. patents. During his time working at NIH and Boston Scientific, Marc understood the importance of technology to better patient care.
How We Help Patients
Our system engages patients by providing them goals and benchmarks to aim for while they are going through their injury rehabilitation. This makes them more motivated to be compliant with their home treatment plan, leading to better overall outcomes and less readmission to rehabilitation.
How We Help Physicians
Clinicians performing rehabilitation are currently under a great deal of scrutiny from insurance carriers to provide objective measures to validate their treatment plans. With this tool clinicians will get the data they need to negotiate from a point of strength with insurers.