What’s Technology’s Role in Rehab?

Better yet: once a new piece of technology or software is developed, how do we make sure that clinicians and patients will both benefit from and actually use the technology? If you’ve listened to some of the past episodes of the show, like the one where we talked with Barry from TRAZER, you know that technology has definitely had an impact on healthcare delivery, management, and business. But often times, technology and nifty gadgets gain traction early on, and then collecting dust on a shelf. Much of the reason for this lies in poor knowledge translation, but another overlooked piece is how the technology or tool fits in a clinician’s regular practice. That’s why many healthcare tech firms are looking to clinicians to add insight and unique perspectives to product development and implementation.

My guest this week, Lauren Sheehan, OTD, is an occupational therapist and clinician who has spent a good amount of time working with healthcare tech startups to help develop and refine technology. She and another colleague in the space are actually developing a virtual Rehab Tech Summit to connect clinicians, entrepreneurs, and investors looking to bring technology to the rehab market.

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Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L (Rafi) is the Principal Owner of Rehab U Practice Solutions and the host of The Better Outcomes Show. He has experience in a variety of rehab settings, working with patients recovering from a variety of injuries and surgeries. Rafi has worked in a variety of settings, from orthopedic and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, to academia, and even healthcare consulting. He spent the majority of his clinical experience working at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, where he was the lead clinician and clinical education coordinator for the outpatient specialty rehab program. In this role, he treated many veterans with chronic pain and helped to establish an interdisciplinary pain management program. He has worked on projects ranging from patient engagement initiatives to marketing communication campaigns to a multi million dollar project assisting the State of Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities transition individuals out of state institutions to community residences. He also has experience as a core faculty member at Augusta University’s Occupational Therapy Program, as a Licensed Board Member on the GA State OT Board, and he serves on the Board of Directors for NBCOT. He works to help healthcare clinics and organizations deliver uniquely impactful patient experiences by improving service delivery through training & advisement and through courses & training programs.

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