Indra integrates Toyra into In Cloud offering
Aug 26, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
Indra Sistemas, SA, a provider of information technology solutions and consultancy services, has integrated Toyra into its In Cloud offering, a system developed with the National Paraplegics Hospital and the support of the Rafael del Pino Foundation based on virtual reality and movement capture for interactive and personalized therapy exercises.
The multinational consulting and technology firm will offer remote rehabilitation services with all the cost-reduction and efficiency benefits associated with cloud computing models.
The company has placed the Toyra system in 'the cloud.' Toyra was developed in collaboration with the National Paraplegics Hospital of Toledo with the support of the Rafael del Pino Foundation and combines virtual reality and real-time movement capture for motor rehabilitation of the upper limbs (shoulder, arm, forearm and hand).
This tool, in use since 2011 with excellent results in the hospital, allows interactive execution of therapy exercises, boosting the patient's motivation towards treatment and enabling objective measurement and tracking of the patient's real condition and progress.
The 'cloud' version of Toyra is offered in SaaS (Software as a Service) mode and is especially tailored to the needs and characteristics of clinics and rehabilitation centers that are unable, both due to patient volume and the cost of technology infrastructure, to use an ad-hoc version installed on their servers. Toyra's service provision model is totally flexible, in both its on-premise (software installed on the customer's servers) and cloud modes, making it possible to establish the business relationship that best suits the needs of the customer and its patients, the company said.
Centers and users will also have access to immediate software updates at no additional cost because, this being a 'cloud' implementation, all customers benefit from upgrades. Another significant advantage is that it improves the traceability and security of the company's data. Indra provides all the mechanisms required to guarantee network security, user authentication and management of access to application resources. In addition, this service provision model allows creation of a reference database that is shared and updated in the cloud by the centers in order to, for example, track whether the patient's progress is following the expected course for the injury type.
Toyra is based on movement capture, using either inertial sensors or the Microsoft Kinect sensor device. These movement capture devices are connected to the interactive therapy station, which sends the location and position of the exercises being performed by the patient to the system for re-creation on the screen using an avatar. With received information stored on a central server, Toyra assesses records and analyses the patient's results from the session. The system also increases motivation thanks to the use of specular vision (mirror image), re-creation of movements in the virtual world and by giving the exercises a fun dynamic, the company added.
In addition, Toyra provides an electronic platform for managing the therapy and rehabilitation history that enables individualized analysis of therapy results. This information helps when it comes to conducting studies and developing clinical protocols and could even be integrated in the patient's electronic medical record.
In the case of cloud service provision, the user gains access to the system installed on the interactive therapy device using a personal password. ?All the information is stored in Flex-IT, Indra's hybrid cloud, where it is accessible at all times to the professional and even to the patient. In addition, the technology multinational will supply the interactive therapy stations in the most appropriate mode for the customer's needs.
Adaptation to 'the cloud' also signifies an additional boost to the main goals of Toyra, that of serving a base for future treatment decentralization that will permit remote rehabilitation after discharge. That is, to allow the patient to continue treatment from home with remote tracking by the clinic.
Indra and the National Paraplegics Hospital, with the collaboration of the Rafael del Pino Foundation, have already developed an autonomous version of Toyra aimed at patients who have achieved a certain degree of autonomy and are capable of executing the therapies on their own. This version is easy for patients to use and more economical, as it works with the Microsoft Kinect sensor device, and it allows remote tracking of rehabilitation by professionals who direct and monitor the rehabilitation process. Both Toyra Autonomo and Toyra Asistido (aimed at the initial phase of rehabilitation in hospital environments) are available in cloud mode, the company reported.
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