Technology Networking Group (TNG) invites your participation
As a member of this group, enjoy a unique opportunity to network with clinicians, researchers, rehabilitation and consumer technology industry members, and end-users who are interested in the field of rehabilitation technology. You are not required to be a member of ACRM in order to participate in this group.
2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
The popular LAUNCHPAD, a rehabilitation technology innovation competition, returns to the ACRM 2018 Annual Conference in Dallas.
SUN 30 SEP
Contestants will pitched their original rehabilitation technology business or solution to a panel of rehab industry experts and an audience of clinicians, researchers, engineers, and decision-makers to receive feedback and win prizes. Learn More >>
Development and Testing of Wearable Technology to Monitor/Model for Recovery of Function After Neurologic Injury
Part I: MON 1 OCT // Morning
Part II: MON 1 OCT // Afternoon
The focus of this special symposium is the use of wearable technology to monitor and model recovery of function after neurologic injury. The symposium will present research findings from projects aimed at developing wearable devices to help individuals recover upper extremity function after stroke. Learn More >>
2018 TNG ELECTION
The first Technology Networking Group Election is now underway to determine the next Co-Chairs-Elect to guide this growing group. Watch your inbox for your personalized election invitation and vote today! If you believe you are a TNG member in-good-standing and did not receive an election invitation or cannot access the survey, please contact Cindy Robinson for assistance. Special thanks to our candidates, Rachel Proffitt and Tracey Wallace for their willingness to serve.
Rachel Proffitt, OTD, OTR/L
Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Missouri
I am currently the co-chair of the program committee in the Technology Networking Group of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and have served in this role for the past two years. I am proud to be one of the founding members of the Technology Networking Group. In 2015, I brought together researchers and developers for a pre-conference instructional course that included presentations and demonstrations of the latest rehabilitation technology. Following that event, I worked with my co-chair and fellow group members to expand technology content at ACRM to two full tracks in just the first year.
As an occupational therapist, my reach and service expands beyond ACRM. I am currently the technology coordinator of the Rehabilitation and Disability Special Interest Section and was previously the Professional Development Coordinator for the (now dissolved) Technology Special Interest Section. With the new Special Interest Section restructuring, I am the lead technology coordinator and work with the other coordinators to identify new members, address technology issues in our respective areas, connect members when they have questions, and solidify our roles within the new structure.
As an academic, my research is technology focused. I direct the Virtual Reality-Augmented Rehabilitation Lab at the University of Missouri. Our goal is to develop, test, and implement novel technologies to support the health and well-being of individuals receiving rehabilitation services. Much of my work is in collaboration with engineers, computers scientists, physical therapist, and neuropsychiatrists. Thus, leading an interdisciplinary team centered on rehabilitation technology is much of my day-to-day.
These management skills and prior experience, my excellent interdisciplinary communication, and my passion for rehabilitation technology will be the backbone of my leadership as the Technology Networking Group Co-Chair. In this role, I would seek to expand the reach of the Technology Networking Group through fostering the growth of our newly established Industry Outreach subcommittee and continue to build connections with other SIGs. Technology does not exist in a vacuum and thus connections, networking, and sustainable partnerships across ACRM are imperative.
Tracey Wallace, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Research Scientist
COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER: Rakesh Pilkar, PhD
Research Scientist, Kessler Foundation
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School
The Technology in Rehabilitation Networking Group (TRNG) aims to be recognized as the leading international networking group providing collaboration and resources for development and deployment of technology in the field of rehabilitation medicine. The TRNG serves as the venue for an inter-disciplinary group of rehabilitation professionals, comprising academicians, clinicians, researchers, rehabilitation and consumer technology industry members, and end-users. This inter-disciplinary group is dedicated to promoting rehab technology research and development, bench-to-bedside application to the clinical environment and effective technology transfer for availability to end-users.
The TRNG will provide resources and collaboration opportunities for promoting rehab technology research and development, and bridging gaps in technology adoption in rehabilitation (i.e., between researchers, clinical settings and the availability to the end-user). The TRNG will attract leading professionals internationally, spanning academic, clinical, research and commercial and end-user environments. The TRNG will also assist ACRM staff in making ACRM visible to commercial technology companies and in recruiting commercial exhibitors.
HOW TO JOIN
One of the most valuable benefits of ACRM membership is the opportunity to participate in the many interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIG) and networking groups.
Programming Task Force
The Programming Task Force is dedicated to providing the membership with quality programming content related to the state-of-the art in the field of rehabilitation technology at the ACRM Annual Conference. The Programming Task Force assists in recruiting content from the top researchers in the field and within ACRM. Task force members also assist in organizing the LaunchPad competition.
Industry Outreach Task Force
The Industry Outreach Task Force is dedicated to serving as a two-way channel to make connections and exchange ideas between researchers, engineers and clinicians, and vendors in the rehabilitation technology industry. The task force focuses on initiatives for vendor members and to facilitate networking/collaboration between rehabilitation professionals at all phases of development, from bench to bedside.
LaunchPad Task Force
The focus of the LaunchPad Task Force is to connect researchers, clinicians and technology start-up companies, support the growth of ACRM membership in the technology rehab space and expose the current membership to reviewed cutting edge rehab technologies by developing and executing a rehab technology competition at the annual conference.
- Organize LaunchPad event at 2018 Annual Meeting in Dallas
- Draw applications for LaunchPad from at least 3 Start Ups without previous involvement in ACRM
- Recruit at least 2 nationally recognized experts in rehab medicine/technology to serve as a Judge on the LaunchPad Judges Panel
- Identify future projects or opportunities for collaboration with other ACRM Communities or TNG Task Forces
Clinical Managers in Rehabilitation Technology Task Force
The Clinical Managers in Rehabilitation Technology Task Force aims to connect, support and provide resources to rehabilitation clinicians employed by technology companies and by clinical practice organizations that use rehabilitation technology. The group will gather, disseminate and share best practices as they relate to the intersection of the private industry, clinical practice, use of rehabilitation technology, technology development and validation, and regulatory compliance. We will provide a space within ACRM for dialogue and collaboration among clinicians, researchers, engineers and product developers to benefit the end user.
CHAIR: Lauren Sheehan, OTD, OTR/L
Clinical Manager, NEOFECT, Inc.
Lauren Sheehan is a Clinical Manager for Neofect, Inc., developer of smart rehabilitation solutions to help patients with neurological and musculoskeletal injuries by providing patient-customized training exercises using games. Her clinical specialties include: vision rehabilitation, wheelchair seating and positioning, driving rehabilitation and outpatient neuro rehabilitation. Lauren is passionate about mentoring and teaching, building teams and continually learning and growing professionally.
Sherri Wallis a Clinical Specialist with Rex Bionics, maker of REX Bionic Exoskeleton, a self-supporting and self-balancing robotic device that allows people with severe mobility impairments to walk independently. Sherri is a US-based physical therapist with twenty-seven years of experience in a variety of roles including clinical education, management, and treatment in various settings including acute care, home health, acute rehabilitation, and long-term skilled nursing care with a diverse patient population and diverse managerial supervision from supervision of staff in a hospital setting to international, multi-site, clinical supervision.