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Telemedicine: Making the Lives of MS Patients Easier

September 8, 2016

There is so much talk and truth about information being retrievable at the tip of your fingers; this is especially helpful for those with autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis. The growing field very much so has the potential to offer quick relief for MS patients. The global market of telemedicine is expected to be worth over $34 billion by 2020.

Clinical services can be provided rather quickly to patients through the touch of a screen, making it easier for patients not having to leave their homes at inconvenient times. Our new mobile application, Basic MS Explorer, is a perfect example of this as it is an all-encompassing app that offers patients a customizable management of their MS.

The Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association also finds that those with MS use the internet in a greater proportion than the general population in the US.

One study found that telerehabilitation programs improve postural control in people with MS, which ultimately results in better balance. Researchers in this study used one of several kinetic video games, an Xbox 360 and some virtual reality. By using a webcam-style add-on a natural user interface was created, patients were then taken through rounds of physical therapy in their homes through video conferencing throughout a course of 10 weeks.
Comparing these results with a control group that received therapy in person at a facility, researchers reported positive results. They also suggested for further investigation to be done into the use of telerehabilitation for MS patients.