Post-Operative Care Optimized





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Published on Mar 17, 2012

Video Transcript:

Emily has recently undergone surgery, and has just returned home from the hospital.

Most patients like Emily are discharged from the hospital with written instructions to guide their recovery and an overwhelming amount of materials—this can make identifying and solving post-operative issues confusing and unnecessarily time-consuming.

But this won't be the case for Emily, because Emily has RALPH.

RALPH is a recovery application for the home, designed specifically for patients recovering from surgery. Its modular program is based around an interactive avatar that guides, educates, and advises families on their post-operative recovery.

RALPH has an avatar that represents Emily. When Emily takes her medication and follows her post-operative regimen, the Avatar becomes customizable, and Emily can play with it.

But if Emily fails to follow her recovery instructions, RALPH will not let her customize her Avatar.

While the Avatar motivates Emily to follow her regimen, it also interfaces with medication and catheterization tracking and reminders, data collection forms, and educational materials. This is how RALPH records Emily's recovery.

When Emily experiences abdominal pain, her mother panics.

While this could be an indicator of a minor and easily solvable problem, it could also be a sign of a major complication.

Using RALPH's step-by-step diagnosis screen, Emily's mother is able to determine that her daughter's catheter is plugged.

RALPH instructs Emily's mother to flush the catheter...
...and this relieves Emily's pain.

To be safe, RALPH alerts Emily's doctor and connects them remotely. Emily's mother is able to talk to the doctor and gain reassurance.

With the ability to assess patient issues in real time, RALPH provides Emily and her family with the guidance and confidence to solve basic concerns, while involving her physician when needed.


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