Rehabilitation for a New Generation: Technology, Innovation and the 21 Century



David Putrino, PT, PhD  
Director of Rehabilitation Innovation and Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai



The field of rehabilitation medicine is poised to be fundamentally disrupted by emerging technologies that have the potential to change the way we think about the practice of rehabilitation. However, despite this latent potential, many of these exciting technologies fail to succeed in healthcare. In fact, with Forbes magazine reporting that 98% of healthcare startups fail before they touch a patient, it would appear that the integration of technology products into healthcare is a significant uphill battle. The Abilities Research Center (ARC) is a new department that has been developed out of the Department of Rehabilitation and Human Performance at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with a single goal: to take innovative technologies from the bench to the bedside in the shortest amount of time possible. In this presentation, we will discuss a range of technologies and approaches that we have developed and validated. We will discuss mobile applications that can track symptom and impairment severity and provide intervention, virtual and augmented reality solutions for chronic pain, rehabilitation robotics, neuro-modulation and many other technologies. In addition, we will explore how to develop pragmatic clinical trials for exciting new technologies, how to foster a sense of entrepreneurship in your department and new billing procedures that can allow you to integrate new technology into your practice today. This is a how-to guide for anyone who is looking to integrate new technology into their clinical practice.


Learning Objectives

  • Identify three social and regulatory trends leading to greater reliance on technology-based rehabilitation interventions.
  • Describe opportunities and challenges for technology-based rehabilitation interventions for three diagnostic areas: 1) chronic pain, 2) aging/geriatrics, and 3) concussion.
  • Describe 4 essential features of a pragmatic clinical trial on a new technology-based rehabilitation intervention.
  • Identify 3 features of new billing procedures for technology-based rehabilitation therapies.

About Dr. Putrino

David is physical therapist with a PhD in Neuroscience. He worked as a clinician in Australia, before moving to the United States to study computational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, MIT and NYU. He has served as a faculty member at Weill-Cornell Medicine and Burke Medical Research Institute. He is currently the Director of Rehabilitation Innovation for the Mt Sinai Health System, and an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Performance at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai. He works to develop innovative technology solutions for individuals in need of better healthcare accessibility. He consults with the Red Bull High Performance division to use evidence-based technologies to improve athletic performance. He is also the “Chief Mad Scientist” of Not Impossible Labs, a group that crowd-sources accessible technological solutions for high-impact humanitarian problems. David’s research has been featured on the ABC, Sport’s Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, Time Magazine, TEDx, Wired and the LA Times to name just a few. He is the author of Hacking Health: How to make money and save lives in the HealthTech world, which is available from Amazon and Springer-Nature.



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