Michigan State University Health Care in East Lansing and RecoveryOne, a digital health provider in California, are collaborating to transform the delivery of care for musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders.
In this novel, RecoveryOne’s clinically validated virtual platform for MSK conditions will be integrated into MSU Health Care’s network, increasing access to care and expanding services into the home. The virtual services will be designed to complement MSU Health Care’s in-person physical medicine and rehabilitation services, helping to improve community health and healing while reducing overall costs.
MSK diseases, such as joint, neck, and back pain, affect one out of two Americans and three out of four people older than 65. Individuals suffering from MSK conditions are four times more likely to report depression and anxiety, according to MSU. Through this collaboration, patients in Michigan will have more options and flexibility to access physical therapy services to fully recover from their MSK conditions.
Nearly 20 percent of the state’s population lives in a rural area and long drives to clinics can be a barrier to recovery, especially when mobility is limited for older Americans. Other individuals may not be able to access traditional medical services due to family or work obligations. In many cases, individuals do not require full in-person services to recover and will find it more convenient to receive treatment virtually.
MSU Health Care aims to meet patients where they are from the convenience and comfort of home. In addition, by enabling patients to stay within the MSU Health Care system to receive their care through virtual services, providers will be able to better coordinate care and treatment plans, which can prevent unnecessary and costly surgeries.
“This innovative collaboration will expand physical therapy to our current patients who may not be able to seek care on site due to geographic or other barriers to care,” says Roger Jansen, chief innovation officer at MSU Health Care. “Our musculoskeletal services within our primary care, neurology, rehabilitation, physical therapy, imaging, and osteopathic manipulation will benefit from this additional modality.
“We can evaluate the patient and direct them to either the in-person clinic or virtual therapy. For some patients, we’re aiming to consolidate both into one treatment plan. With RecoveryOne’s help, we are meeting our patients where they are, extending our reach to serve more patients with our current workforce, all which increases our value to the community.”
RecoveryOne offers more than 200 clinically validated, condition-specific pathways and over 2,000 therapeutic exercises that collectively address the entire body, providing the industry’s only full-body virtual physical therapy and MSK solution.
The solution dynamically adjusts based on the individual’s performance and healing process and includes Motion Trainer, a sensorless computer vision and AI technology capability that provides visual and audio guidance to help members perform their exercises correctly. In addition, patients have access to physical therapists and certified health coaches via the app, to help them stay on track with their progress. RecoveryOne delivers an enhanced interactive experience that drives better adherence and patient engagement, which leads to better clinical outcomes.
“This collaboration is a significant step forward in improving the cost, quality, and access to care for individuals in Michigan,” says Mark Luck Olson, CEO of RecoveryOne. “By adding virtual physical therapy, MSU Health Care patients have more flexibility to recover on their terms, making it easier for them to fit therapy into their busy schedules and recover more quickly. Whether it’s getting back to sports or being able to pick up a grandchild, no one needs to suffer needlessly due to lack of access or cost of services.”
For more information, visit healthcare.msu.edu.