A telehealth platform developed by hospitals in Boston and New York is designed to improve clinical outcomes in previously hospitalized COVID-19 patients who are recovering and rehabilitating at home. A recent study on the new telehealth tool found that patients who were doing virtual physical therapy sessions through the platform had “significantly better” results than patients who were working on their own without virtual assistance. The telehealth platform was also found to reduce anxiety and depressions among patients, who in the inpatient hospital setting exhibited more mental health problems due to isolation.

The platform may serve as a template for other programs aiming to improve clinical outcomes for patients who are discharged from the hospital, giving care providers a remote patient monitoring model that could improve at-home rehab and potentially eliminate the need for ongoing in-person nursing or rehab.

Source: PM&R