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In-home sessions with online health professionals are booming during COVID-19, with clinicians in 94 countries signing up to a new platform created by Brisbane company VALD Health.
Sign-ups to VALD’s free TeleHab platform have increased 16-fold since March to total more than 6,000, with the platform now used in countries including the USA, UK, India, Portugal and Belgium.
Launched in March, TeleHab is a free platform for the allied health industry that allows remote exercise prescription and videoconferencing.
VALD Health CEO Laurie Malone said it was important to provide innovative solutions to allied health professionals during the COVID-19 crisis.
‘We are thrilled to provide a product for prescribing and managing exercise programs remotely,’ Mr Malone said.
‘Extensive research and development have gone into building TeleHab and we’re excited to see an overwhelmingly positive response from physiotherapists and exercise physiologists who are signing up to the platform.’
TeleHab helps allied health professionals have complete visibility of their patient’s rehabilitation experience.
It enables clinicians to prescribe exercises using a library of clinically approved how-to videos created in Brisbane.
Patients use their phones to record themselves performing these exercises and clinicians manage their rehabilitation journey by reviewing the patient’s videos.
Currently 70% of TeleHab’s users are based overseas.
Mr Malone said the company had deliberately chosen to make the platform free.
‘Exercise is free, therefore the ability to prescribe exercise should also be free,” he said.
‘Our new platform also provides VALD Health with a great opportunity to grow our brand awareness in the allied health market.’
TIQ has worked with VALD for a number of years to help them in overseas markets.
TIQ Acting CEO Richard Watson said seeing locally developed medtech delivering practical solutions to emerging challenges was very encouraging.
‘It’s great to see an industry leader like VALD Health sharing their expertise so that patients can continue to be treated safely and effectively even if they can’t see their therapist in person,’ Mr Watson said.
‘TIQ has been supporting VALD Health for a number of years on their export journey as a world-class, globally recognised leader in sports technology, and it’s exciting to see them now grow into delivering medtech solutions.’
VALD Health employs 45 staff at its Brisbane headquarters where the TeleHab platform was developed, and has offices in the UK and the USA.
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