Applied clinical research
Improving health outcomes in practice
Led by Michael Callaghan, Professor of Clinical Physiotherapy at Manchester Met and Head of Physical Therapies at Manchester United FC; his research team has created a device called ‘Tap & Go’, which straps to the knee of patients when they are ready to do their rehabilitation exercises from the convenience of their own home.
Using Bluetooth and 3G technology, the device picks up the motion of extension and flexion of the knee and sends the data to the Cloud, a physiotherapist can then monitor the patient’s progress remotely.
The device aims to tackle the clinical issues that patients currently face after surgery – such as being unable to travel to appointments – by using technology to reduce the need for intensive hospital-based physiotherapy.
“Many hospital appointments go ahead even though they are not needed and cost the NHS millions – ‘Tap & Go’ frees up face-to-face appointments and allows physiotherapists to spend more time with those patients that need it the most, ultimately saving the NHS a significant amount of money.”
Professor Michael Callaghan