The Institute for Cognitive Prosthetics
For more Information contact:
Elliot Cole, PhD, Institute for Cognitive Prosthetics
P.O. Box 171, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
For Rehab Managers
The business of rehabilitation is increasingly difficult, especially in this era of change. There are issues of therapist productivity, lost revenue due to client cancellations, pressures from third party payers, and pressures on catchment areas. Our approach to brain injury tele-rehabilitation can save rehab programs 30% on the service costs, while delivering a superior product that produces faster progress and greater recovery.
Our cognitive prosthetic software suite is assistive technology that supports a broad range of patient functional activities. This software is a tool for the therapist, who can move a patient much farther and much faster. The client gains increased independence, and frequently can become competitively employed or return to school.
Our tele-rehabilitation techniques enable an organization to serve a broad continuum of services and deliver them to the home, school, workplace, and community. Our technology has been used to deliver services by occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, psychology, neuropsychology, behavioral neurology, vocational rehabilitation, academic support, and peer counseling. And our services have been reimbursed as conventional therapy by a broad spectrum of payers.
The Institute for Cognitive Prosthetics technology makes both clinical and financial sense for regional and national organizations, as well as organizations that want to delivery services to an international clientele.
We have also developed special services for individuals who are high achievers by virtue of their education, occupation, income, or social status.
Please feel free to contact us for more detailed information.
A selection of publications for rehabilitation managers (pdf format)
A high-functioning brain aneurysm patient is used to illustrate how occupational therapy and speech therapy services are delivered. The benefits are described for (1) cognitive prosthetics, (2) in-home delivery of services, and (3) rehabilitation where neither therapist nor patient needs to travel.
Patient-Centered Design: Interface Personalization for Individuals with Brain Injury, 2011. Because cognitive assistive technology can help achieve a partial recovery in patients with enduring cognitive disabilities, clinicians can and should be involved in the design process. Patient-Centered Design (PCD) is a method of customizing cognitive prosthetic software for use as a therapist's tool in treating patients. The patient is viewed as a user with rapidly changing software needs. PCD can be used to personalize the software fast enough to be an appropriate therapy tool. Two mini case-studies are presented. One used almost no features yet overcame a barrier to achieving a significant therapy goal. The second shows the significant role of therapist and patient in designing a powerful new tool that enables patients to remind themselves, in their own words and voices, of upcoming events. The paper also relates advances in neuroscience to new clinical opportunities for cognitive assistive technology.
Use of ''Therapist-Friendly'' Tools in Cognitive Assistive Technology and Telerehabilitation. Therapy with a patient 500 miles away, with physical and cognitive involvement, illustrates therapist-friendly tools. Our prosthetic software is client-centered, addressing the client's priority activities. This requires (1) that the prosthetic software is highly customized to the individual client and (2) that the software can address a broad array of daily activities. Therapist are in the best position to customize prosthetic software for their clients. ''Therapist-friendly'' tools enable the therapists to learn how to customize software as well as run therapy sessions via telerehabilitation with a minimum of training.
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