MUNSTER – Rehabilitation patients at the hospitals of Community Healthcare System can track their progress toward recovery via a mobile app.
RehabTracker is a phone app, available in both Apple and Android formats, which lets patients view updates from their therapy team, track progress on areas of functional improvement and share the results with designated friends and family.
The app is being made available through a partnership with Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services. Patients who want the app downloaded to their compatible smart phone must sign a consent form.
At Community Hospital, Munster, St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, the app has been used exclusively in the hospitals’ acute rehabilitation senters. Staff in the units care for patients with strokes, traumatic/non-traumatic brain injuries, amputations, spinal cord injuries, cardiac or pulmonary issues or broken leg/hip replacements.
A patient’s typical stay is 10 to 12 days. Patients spend three hours of their day with physical, speech and occupational therapists.
Therapists use the app as they work with patients to put instructions, goals or words of encouragement on an iPad, which they carry with them and show the patient as they progress.