Digital health startup Augment Therapy announces strategic partnership with nationally recognized managed care organization, CareSource

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Augment Therapy®, a digital health company enhancing rehabilitative healthcare and exercise through immersive and gamified technology, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership and pilot program with CareSource, a nonprofit, nationally recognized managed care organization. The pilot program will take place in the state of Ohio and will cover a variety of provider settings in four partner locations. The sites will range from pediatric children’s hospitals servicing inpatient and outpatient care, adult rehab and skilled nursing facilities, and provider focused at-home healthcare.

The objective of this pilot program is to expand rehabilitative care through augmented reality therapy exercises provided by Augment Therapy’s immersive product offerings. Unique to Augment Therapy’s software, its proprietary MOCAST™ patent-pending technology offers full-body skeletal tracking using computer vision technology where wearables are not required for interactive therapy sessions. Therapy through evidence-based gamified exercise offers a more engaging experience for patients while providers can easily monitor progress at any time.

“Our mission at CareSource is to make a lasting difference in our members’ lives by improving their health and well-being,” said Beejadi Mukunda, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for CareSource Ohio. “We are committed to working with partners like Augment Therapy and other organizations across the country to support innovations in healthcare and wellness. Exercise and improving fitness are vitally important to improve health and prevent illnesses. Our relationship with Augment Therapy will help shape the future of improving wellness, enhancing rehabilitation and restoration of functional mobility for our members in communities we serve.”

The research component of this pilot will showcase how access to Augment Therapy encourages children, adults and seniors to participate in increased exercise opportunities, while determining feasibility and adherence rates of using Augment Therapy for coordinated care; both in the clinic and at-home environments. Expected outcomes include increased engagement and compliance in rehabilitative care, which could further impact a reduction in the duration of inpatient stays, increased functional mobility levels, reduction of risk associated with readmissions as well as increased overall patient satisfaction.

Having been a physical therapist for over twenty years, Augment Therapy’s co-founder, Lindsay Watson PT, MPT, knew far too well that one of the most difficult aspects of her job was keeping her patients engaged and motivated. Seeing limited options for rehabilitative care, Lindsay created Augment Therapy to address this gap in the market. She found a way by creating a therapy software solution that is fun for kids, engaging for adults and an effective tool for providers.

“Augment Therapy has always remained singularly focused on improving the experience of exercise through transformative technology. We want to make it easier for people of all physical and cognitive ability levels to adhere to exercise and we think CareSource is an exceptional partner to bring this to the masses. As a fellow Ohio-founded company, we couldn’t be prouder to positively impact Ohio lives alongside the CareSource team,” said Lindsay Watson, PT, MPT, CEO and Co-Founder of Augment Therapy.