Project out of Rehab Robotics Lab allows patients to heal at home by bringing specialized care to remote clinics.
A new University of Alberta project is breaking down health-care barriers in rural communities by using technology to connect patients with the clinicians and urban specialists who treat them.
“Right now, many Albertans are at a disadvantage just because of where they live. Instead of being able to visit their local clinic or hospital, rural patients have to travel long distances on their own dime to access these same services,” said Courtenay Badran, project co-ordinator in the Rehabilitation Robotics Lab in the U of A’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.
About 24 per cent of Albertans live outside of major cities, which means about one million people don’t have access to specialized rehabilitation services in their own communities.
“Ideally, these individuals should be able to get the care they need in their own communitie...