Development of a rehabilitation program tailored to patients with VR childhood cerebral palsy

Providing effective customized treatment programs and presenting a new treatment paradigm.

Non-face-to-face service that opens a new daily life the people has begun.

Contact-free and social distancing are terms that have become much familiar in the aftermath of COVID-19. The latest technologies in areas close to our lives are also emerging in line with this trend. Artificial intelligence, big data, VR (virtual reality), and AR (augmented reality) provide us with new realistic content and enable us to lead a more advanced daily life through personalized program development or platform services. The Korean government is focusing on expanding contact-free services for our daily lives. Through this, it plans to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and secure a leading position in the global contact-free service market in line with the era of digital transformation.

In the era of With Corona and Post-Corona, contact-free technologies and services are expected to grow rapidly. Accordingly, the National IT Industry Promotion Agency(NIPA) are Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) is discovering and supporting leading contact-free services from life-to-face areas that people can feel to protect their daily lives and boost economic vitality from infectious diseases such as COVID-19. Among them, the “Customized VR Pediatric Cerebral palsy Patient Rehabilitation Program” developed by PNPMedia Co., Ltd. is a customized rehabilitation program that applies task-oriented training to double the treatment effect of pediatric cerebral palsy patients.

The domestic and overseas cases of cerebral palsy are 2-3 per 1,000 births, and the rate is not so high, but the disability often persists throughout a lifetime and the treatment effect is not high. In particular, in the case of pediatric cerebral palsy patients, it is very important to detect the symptoms that cause cerebral palsy child disorders early and provide appropriate treatment to ensure that the motor nerves and growth development of cerebral palsy children are close to normal. To solve this problem, PNPMedia introduced an advanced VR system and developed a customized rehabilitation program for pediatric cerebral palsy patients applying task-oriented training and presenting a new treatment paradigm.

The Customized VR Pediatric Cerebral palsy Patient Rehabilitation Program consists of a “patient condition customized rehabilitation program,” an “all-in-one system for medical institutions, a personal general (portable) system,” and a “contact-free treatment system.” Among them, the “Patient Status Customized Rehabilitation Program” is a customized program that trains upper extremities, lower extremities, cognition, and complex functions according to the patient’s condition. This program was directly organized by rehabilitation medical professionals based on patient data.

In addition, the integrated system for medical institutions and the personal general (portable) system is divided into an integrated system that can be used in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, and a general system that can be used without the help of experts at home and through a control system that can monitor learning, it can be used in connection with rehabilitation treatment for patients with cerebral palsy in hospitals and companies. Finally, the new concept of “Contact-Free Treatment System,” which emerges as a hot topic, allows users to exercise cognition, upper body, lower body, and combination using brain paralysis rehabilitation VR headgears and controllers regardless of location.

PNPMedia Co., Ltd. said, “This program will be distributed first customized to small and medium-sized hospitals where it is difficult to introduce general facilities due to space problems in rehabilitation medicine.”. In addition, it can be used for rehabilitation treatment in domestic and foreign hospitals, health centers, welfare centers for the disabled, and special schools, and can also be used as practical textbooks for physical therapy departments and occupational therapy departments nationwide, they added.

Digital healthcare is one of the industries expected to develop through the combination of new technologies, and rehabilitation programs incorporating VR systems are expected to have a significant impact on trends in the healthcare industry. The size of the domestic and foreign VR market is expected to increase 42.9% annually from 5.9271 trillion won in 2020, and 11.6947 trillion won in 2022. In particular, the size of the global healthcare market using VR and AR technologies is expected to increase 36.6% annually from $762.9 million in 2017 to $4.997.9 billion by 2023, intensifying technology competition to preoccupy this market.

Meanwhile, PNPMedia, which carried out this project, is a specialized company that develops VR/AR medical, industrial safety content, and produces production plans, continuously invests in R&D to advance content technology, and constantly creates innovative content in combination with various industries.

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