Eine neues Zeitalter der Rehabilitation hat begonnen
A new age of rehabilitation has begun
Začelo se je novo obdobje rehabilitacije

REHA2030 – A new age of rehabilitation has begun

Tele-rehabilitation does not mean that therapeutic care is provided far away from healthcare professionals via technologized remote instructions. Rather, tele-rehabilitation means that patients have the opportunity to take their rehabilitation progress into their own hands and improve it in their own home using coordinated, technological aids and under the Internet-based guidance of specialist therapeutic personnel. Ensuring therapeutic follow-up and local supply is particularly precarious in rural areas: long distances to therapy centres and clinics, lack of individual mobility or limited access to public transport, dwindling large family structures to support the recovery process make it difficult to continue rehabilitation measures after a stay in a rehabilitation clinic. The Interreg Si-At project REHA2030 of the Carinthian University of Applied Sciences – together with 4 partners – is dedicated to the research and development of tele-rehabilitation after strokes, which is to take place as an internet-based service in the patients’ home. The special aspects of the region – demographic change, concentration of medical care in urban areas – encourage the choice of this topic.

Goals of the project

During the three years of the project, the focus will be on stroke patients with hand-finger mobility disorders. In iterative development loops, a service model for tele-rehabilitation will be designed with the involvement of various stakeholders: Patients, clinics, therapy centres and therapists, providers of ICT solutions and rehabilitation robotics, insurance companies and other companies in the field of telemedical care. On the other hand, a robotic therapy device for playful, technology-supported therapy is being developed with the involvement of patients and therapists. During the course of the project, the foundation stone for the long-term goal will also be laid: To make tele-rehabilitation possible as a high-quality, people-friendly and affordable service for the most diverse rehabilitation needs. Tele-rehabilitation as a service can only be seen and worked on comprehensively by bundling different expertise. The five-part, transnational consortium of academic, clinical and economic partners covers the different points of view on the topic of tele-rehabilitation with a broad spectrum of expertise:

– Development and evaluation of demand-oriented, technical solutions to support a self-determined life of older people with a focus on usefulness and integration into everyday life (Research Group Active & Assisted Living, FH Kärnten, AT)
– Development of a service model considering all relevant stakeholders and research of the market diffusion of radical innovations (Research Group Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurship Education, FH Kärnten, AT)
– Implementation expertise for technology-supported therapy and therapy equipment for all age groups, all phases of rehabilitation, all degrees of motor impairment and all body areas (Tyromotion GmbH, Stmk, AT)
– ICT solutions for the telecare sector with focus on the needs of elderly people (MKS d.o.o., Ljubljana, SI)
– Clinical expertise in the field of stroke rehabilitation (Rehabilitation Clinic Uri Soča, Ljubljana, SI, Privatklinik Laßnitzhöhe, third party provider, AT)
– Development of a robotic therapy device for mobilization of hand and finger (Laboratory of Robotics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, SI)

Project AcronymREHA 2030
Project Long TitlePostclinical rehabilitation of stroke patients in rural areas in 2030 – Telerehabilitation as a user-oriented service
Project NumberSIAT258
Lead PartnerCarinthia University of Applied Sciences
Project Duration36 Monate
Project Start01.01.2019
Project End31.12.2021
Project Costs824.585,00 €
Project Funding660.043,75 €
Programme TypeInterreg V-A Slowenien-Österreich