HKU Stroke, HKU Sport AI Laboratory (SAIL), and The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation (HKSR) developed #SmartRehab – a mobile platform that uses artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to help facilitate stroke rehabilitation in the home setting. Our team recently received support from the World Stroke Organization (WSO) to test the platform’s feasibility in seven countries beyond Hong Kong to improve the accessibility of post-stroke rehabilitation, especially in low- and middle-income countries.
‘We are very excited to launch this platform and to have the support of the World Stroke Organization to further test the feasibility of our platform in seven countries beyond Hong Kong,’ said Dr Gary Lau Kui-kai, Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, School of Clinical Medicine, HKUMed, and Director of HKU Stroke. ‘We do hope our platform will not only be of use for the local Hong Kong stroke population, but also benefit low- and middle-income countries outside of Hong Kong, where rehabilitation services are limited due to a severe shortage of physiotherapists and occupational therapists.’
SmartRehab will be incorporated into stroke rehabilitation services of HKSR in the coming few months, and will also be explored in other healthcare providers (e.g. at Tung Wah Hospital); ~150 stroke patients under the care of HKSR and ~2700 stroke patients within Hong Kong may benefit from SmartRehab every year, in the aim of facilitating personalised stroke rehabilitation in the community setting.
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