Cognivive Announces World's First Prescription Interactive Rehabilitation Device Under New FDA
Cognivive Inc. is digital medicine company that develops neurorehabilitation treatments, delivered in the form of highly motivating virtual reality games that patients use at home to speed and improve recovery.
FDA registration positions Cognivive to market the device to clinicians, clinics, hospitals and health systems as a prescription digital medicine for post-stroke neuro-motor rehabilitation. "Stroke presents a massive problem in that 85 percent of patients have difficulties using their upper extremities, and 65 percent of them have not really recovered five years after the stroke," said Dr. Tony Simon, a neuroscientist and co-founder and CEO of Cognivive. "The effects on quality of life are huge. Getting patients to do physical therapy at home, which can be boring, unmotivating and frustrating, has been the holy grail. We have developed an effective – and engaging – solution." The COVID-19 crisis, which has kept many patients home without in-person access to post-stroke physical therapy, presents a timely opportunity for digital health technologies that can be used remotely and prescribed via telemedicine, Simon added. "Since Cognivive's treatments are designed to be used at home by patients under the guidance of their treating clinician, but without the need for direct supervision, they are exactly what neurorehabilitation providers need to speed and enhance recovery treatment remotely."
CogniviveVR transports post-stroke patients to a virtual resort world where they can immerse themselves in a fantastical vacation environment while exercising their brains and bodies. Patients wear an off-the-shelf, lightweight headset loaded with Cognivive software. They use hand-held controllers, allowing them to respond to stimuli as if in the real world, whether hitting a ball, firing a cannon or swinging a paddle. "With stroke, you have to retrain the brain to regain control of the body," said Simon.
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