The Institute for Cognitive Prosthetics

For more Information contact:

Elliot Cole, PhD, Institute for Cognitive Prosthetics

P.O. Box 171, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Email: ecole@brain-rehab.com

For Rehab Managers


Each month there are more examples of how a telerehabilitation modality of therapy improves outpatient services for conditions that PTs, OTs, and SLPs treat.   There are valuable opportunities for organizations that explore telerehabilitation early.  At an early stage, many organizations can enter the telerehab market with a modest cost by using our Telerehabilitation Therapy Toolkit.  With our extensive experience in telerehab, we can advise you on the feasibility of a low-cost, low-risk, high-reward telerehabilitation pilot. ICP’s telerehabilitation specializes in enabling in-clinic therapists to treat patients in their homes and other places where they perform their activities, including workplace, school, and community.


Telerehabilitation adds four important capabilities to the in-clinic modality used to treat a condition.  The most obvious capability of telerehabilitation is treating patients at a distance from the clinic.  Locally, this means that your facility does not need to rely only on a satellite strategy for expanding the outpatient catchment area.  Regionally and nationally, it means that your facility can treat patients in unserved and underserved areas.


Second, for many if not most conditions, the telerehabilitation modality is able to successfully treat complex cases that have plateaued with conventional in-clinic rehab.  Many advantages of the telerehab modality come together to produce this result.  This means that your facility is able to successfully treat patients who are beyond the capabilities of your competitors and indeed are beyond the capabilities of facilities anywhere that have access only to the present conventional means of therapy.


The third capability that telerehabilitation provides is a function of the first two.  The ability to successfully treat patients that other facilities can’t, coupled with the ability to treat at a distance means that your facility can become known for its high-powered services.  Families and friends of patients beyond the scope of conventional therapy scour the Internet looking for places that might be able to help—places like yours.


The fourth capability is the ability to almost always be effective at lower cost than in-clinic services.  Profit margins increase as a result.


ICP can provide full services in training therapists and salespeople, as well as provide technical support to therapists and patients.


For more information, please contact:

Elliot Cole, PhD, President, Institute for Cognitive Prosthetics

ecole@brain-rehab.com  |  610-715-0400



A selection of publications for rehabilitation managers (pdf format)


Telerehabilitation: New Tools for Providing In-Home Brain Injury Rehabilitation

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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