Smart rehabilitation clinics might look like something out of the future, but they are slowly bringing a modernized patient experience to the present.
NEW YORK, NY, February 14, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — New York Medical Group (NYMG) incorporated innovative technologies into their design and operations to improve the patient journey, treatment outcomes, and operational costs. The smart rehabilitation clinic improves care delivery within the center and incorporates it into a larger healthcare ecosystem with different medical disciplines.
When Charlene Choi was first asked at the New York Medical Group (NYMG) what she would like in a smart rehabilitation clinic, she was almost certain they’d want to see a digitized care itinerary.
“You can imagine if you’re an inpatient and you have an itinerary that says, chiropractor will be by at 2 o’clock, physiotherapy will be by at 2:30, you will go for your x-ray at 3 o’clock,’ that’s pretty nice to be able to know when things are happening,” Dr Steve Yun, investigator at NYMG.
Yun and his team learned that a smart rehabilitation clinic could improve the patient experience was in fact much simpler. They reviewed and published the characteristics of smart rehabilitation clinics and evaluated the prospects for smart clinic owners at the Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic by Parker University (1).
“It is now an innovation age driving the extraordinary breakthroughs in patient care, helping the patient journey, and making preventative decisions. The utilization of these technologies is heavily dependent on the clinician’s mindset, including cost control, efficiency optimization, and patient outcomes.” Dr Steve Yun described.
Many clinical studies had identified that poor posture can cause microtrauma and misalignment to your body, and make you pain in the neck (2-10), headache (11-14), dizziness (15-17), numbness (18-20), stomach problems (21-23), scoliosis (24-27), and back pain (28-41). When clinicians are primarily trained to use their hands (42), patient expectations can be ignored regarding the application of new treatment technologies.
Built with innovations in health technology, and the patient in mind, this newest rehabilitation boasts numerous in-room education options, complete with pillow speakers and patient-operated controls.
“On the television, patients can watch their youtuber describing the disease, access educational materials, and learn more about their own medical records or care team.” Dr Yun explained to the reporters on the research finding.
And from a family engagement standpoint, a smart rehabilitation clinic like NYMG is connecting caregivers with more information about patient health and real-time updates about health status and procedures. This helps family members learn more about their loved ones’ health and know where they are on the care journey.
While NYMG clinics require advanced information technology, becoming a smart clinic is not an information technology project. Rather, it is a holistic, deeply ingrained, system-wide approach that involves all staff members, including clinicians, nurses, clinic managers, and investors. Continuous, transparent communication is also necessary to ensure that possible problems are identified quickly, and viable solutions are immediately found, designed, piloted, and implemented. In this manner, clinical processes, quality of treatment, and patient experience continue to improve, while expenses remain manageable.
By 2025, Asia will be home to 456 million seniors, representing 10 percent of its population. Patients are demanding access to convenient healthcare and better safety (43-45). It is now an innovation age driving the extraordinary breakthroughs in patient care, helping the patient journey, and making preventative decisions. Smart rehabilitation clinics in the future will resemble neither today’s nor yesterday’s clinics. Smart clinics will drive a better vision, owning a clear roadmap, utilizing innovative diagnoses and treatments, and interacting with a larger ecosystem to efficiently supply other care services.
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35) Chu ECP, Chan AKC, Lin AFC. Pitting oedema in a polio survivor with lumbar radiculopathy complicated disc herniation. J Family Med Prim Care. 2019 May;8(5):1765-1768.
36) Chu EC, Yip AS. A rare presentation of benign acute childhood myositis. Clin Case Rep. 2019 Mar;7(3):461-464.
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38) Chu C, Wong RS. Chiropractic pain control in myelofibrosis: A case report. New Horizons in Clinical Case Reports. 2017 August; 2:7-9.
39) Chu C. Chiropractic Care for Postlaminectomy Syndrome. International Journal of Medical and Health Science. 2017 July; 6(3):185-187.
40) Chu C. Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia Complicated by Psoas Abscess. American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2015 November; 3(11):383-386.
41) Chu C, Bellin D. Insufficiency Fracture of the Tibial Plateau: A Disease of Rare Diagnosis. Journal of osteoporosis and physical activity. 2015 May; 3(2).
42) Chu ECP, Wong AYL, Sim P, Krüger F. Exploring scraping therapy: Contemporary views on an ancient healing – A review. J Family Med Prim Care. 2021 Aug;10(8):2757-2762.
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