Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave its 501(k) approval to Reflexion Health for its Vera system. What makes this so noteworthy is that the company is using Microsoft’s Kinect motion sensor-and-camera to aid in physical therapy.
“We are thrilled to be one of a growing number of digital medicine companies to receive FDA clearance to use innovative tools and methods to deliver care in a more engaging and efficient way,” said company chief executive and cofounder Spencer Hutchins. “We look forward to continuing to demonstrate Vera’s positive impact on patients, doctors, and therapists.”
Vera is a digital medicine software system that uses the Kinect technology in helping patients with musculoskeletal rehabilitation. When used, patients will see an avatar on their television screen that will coach and motivate them to perform the exercises at home. The sensor will track their progress and report the data back to the patient’s physical therapist who is also monitoring their activity in real-time.
Reflexion Health has worked with the Cleveland Clinic and the Brooks Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville, Florida to test out Vera. The Centers for Disease Control has provided a $1 million grant to aid in fall prevention for seniors.
The FDA is looking closely at new technologies when it comes to medical needs and Vera’s approval isn’t the first time a Microsoft Kinect-powered service has passed. Last year, medical technology startup Jintronix received similar approval for its system that leveraged the Kinect to help stroke victims recover physical functions.