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Penumbra and Veterans Health Administration to Expand Access to Rehabilitative Care using Virtual Reality

  • Penumbra enters a three-year collaboration with VHA Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning to test, co-develop and scale virtual reality solutions

  • Collaboration to develop and implement therapy software and programs on Penumbra’s REAL y-Series platform to address critical veterans’ needs, including remote therapeutic rehabilitation

Penumbra, a global healthcare company focused on innovative therapies, announced that it will collaborate with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning (OHIL) to test, co-develop and implement rehabilitative health care solutions through virtual reality (VR).

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“VHA is one of the most impactful and forward-thinking innovators in healthcare, constantly promoting discovery and adoption of the latest technologies to advance care delivery and service,” said Gita Barry, president of Penumbra’s Immersive Healthcare business. “It is a great honor to work with the VHA on such an important initiative to not only maximize the key benefits of rehabilitation therapy with virtual reality, but to also broadly implement these tools so veterans, whether at a VA facility or in a remote location, will have access to these offerings.”

Building on Penumbra’s REAL y-Series technology, the collaboration will focus on developing targeted therapy tools that address the most critical rehabilitation needs of veterans, increasing access to care by scaling VR solutions to remote areas and gaining a deep understanding of their needs to help inform future health care offerings. REAL y-Series is the only hands-free, non-tethered, multi-disciplinary VR rehabilitation platform to address high acuity to high functioning patients.

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These solutions will largely be used for veteran neurorehabilitation and chronic condition management. Additionally, VHA OHIL will be able to further adopt and scale new technologies for remote therapeutic rehabilitation, remote therapeutic monitoring, and remote patient management as this solution will support asynchronous patient-provider interactions.

The REAL y-Series is currently being used in clinics and hospitals across the country to address physical rehabilitation, core and balance, cognition, functional uses, and activities of daily living.

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