Andi Saptono, MS
The TIPs are intended to transfer the technologies and methods developed through our past research and development in telerehabilitation. We developed core technologies that are ready to be implemented to support TR services, including the VISYTER, TR portal, and store-and-forward components. These technologies and their subsequent improvements, as well as new TR technologies, will be transferred through the TIPs program.
The overall goal of TIPs is to mitigate the barriers to adoption of TR by providing technology and knowledge transfer to promising and innovative rehabilitation services. To achieve this goal, this task has the following objectives:
- To transfer technology and methods developed by the current and proposed RERC on TR
- To build the informatics infrastructure for promising and innovative TR services
- To promote the delivery of TR services as part of mainstream health services
- To increase technology training and awareness by rehabilitation professionals
There are six TIP projects, including:
- TIP-1 Workplace Ergonomics Assessments and Recommendations of Computer Workstations for Workers with Rheumatoid Arthritis
- TIP-2 Integration of Telerehabilitation Technology with an Enterprise-wide Hospital Information System and Implementation in Telestroke
- TIP-3 Cognitive Skills Enhancement Program (CSEP)
- TIP-4 Autism Service, Education, Research, and Training (ASERT)
- TIP-5 Telerehabilitation to Support International Rehabilitation Service Learning
- TIP-6 Telerehabilitation for Supporting a Networked Wheelchair
- TIP 7 Telerehabilitation in Artificial Vision Training
TIPs are intended to transfer technology and knowledge from the Infrastructure Core and from the other three focus areas. The TIPs can be expanded beyond the six projects once the initial program has been established. The three focus areas and TIPs projects will be used to develop preliminary outcome sets. Using similar technologies to those in the infrastructure, we plan to develop a model UDS database to store all the outcome data collections from all projects.
Expected Findings and Deliverables:
The expected results of the technology implementation projects include: the adoption of TR services as part of mainstream services provided by a large health system; the adoption of an informatics infrastructure as part of TR services for autism, cognitive assessment, workplace ergonomics, networked wheelchair, and international service learning; and documented experience from this implementation, such as case studies. Lessons learned from this technology implementation will be published in conferences and journal papers. The technology implementation is also expected to be a training platform for graduate and undergraduate students in rehabilitation sciences. The implementation projects are also expected to solidify the technology products to gain wider implementation in other TR services through technology transfer or technology commercialization.
TIPs projects have been progression very well and have made significant accomplishments in this short reporting period. The progress and accomplishments include: (1) installation of the VISYTER system and telerehabilitation portal inside the UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) enterprise system, (2) Development of Telerehabilitation System to support Adult Autistic Assessment (ADOS) for the Autism Service, Education, Research, and Training (ASERT) project, (3) Implementation of Telerehab Portal and the use of VISYTER for weekly telerehab supervision for the CSEP (Cognitive Skill Enhancement Program), and (4) Implementation of International Rehabilitation Teleconsultation between Southern California (Mount St. Mary's College) and Children's Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico
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