With a more active and aging population worldwide, and smartphone and tablet usage experiencing huge growth, I found this new app from Naveen Khan to be interesting and timely. We recently met in Los Angeles at the Shark Tank season 5 open casting call and discussed what’s behind her new digital tool.
Our brief creatorbase video and Naveen’s guest blog post below provides more perspective:
What is it?
PT PAL is the first and only personalized physical therapy app on the market helping people do their physical therapy effectively at home or remotely. It helps people adhere to their medical care, improving health and providing preventative care.
PT PAL is a new 5 star app that stores your physical therapy exercises, calendars them and reminds you how they are done, with pictures and video, while saying “start” and “stop” during the countdown of the seconds, reps and sets. Physical therapy exercise instructions are usually given orally or on paper (photocopied or drawn). The 60 to 90% non-compliance rate shows that these methods are failing. PT PAL is simple, intuitive and portable.
I created PT PAL after a disastrous bone marrow biopsy that left me with lower back problems. I needed a solution for remembering my exercises and counting the seconds for me so I could relax. This experience was the spark for PT PAL.
Why is it unique?
PT PAL is the only app that calendars and stores personal exercises, and counts the seconds of the exercise. It solves a problem and fills a gap in the PT market. PT PAL communicates with medical professionals and patients anytime and anywhere, sharing feedback and health information enabling access, convenience and accountability.
PT PAL decreases medical costs by avoiding repeat and unnecessary treatment. The physical therapy market is fragmented and does not easily allow physical therapists to approach consumers, directly. We are creating a physical therapist database on our website for consumers. PT PAL has consolidated consumer interest in physical therapy and has become a high value proposition for medical professionals, insurance companies, HMOs and medical facilities.
Who is using it?
Healthcare companies, elder care homes, physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, businesses and fitness trainers are using PT PAL with their employees/customers/patients. Airlines are looking to incorporate it onto their iPads on planes, instead of having plane exercises on paper.
PT PAL is for people who need physical therapy. It also serves anyone who does repetitive tasks or sits for prolonged periods of time. There are stretching and strengthening exercises, office, carpal tunnel and plane exercises on the app, which serve everyone. I was recently asked for exercises for employees who drive long distances.
The Affordable Care Act creates incentives, promotes employer wellness programs and encourages opportunities to support healthier workplaces. PT PAL is a tool offered by employers to help people stay healthy.
PT PAL provides better adherence with physical therapy exercises. It is consistent with the goal of providing quality care, preventing relapses and reducing costs. PT PAL is an effective tool for patient-centered care. Designed with human behavior in mind, it creates an easy experience, removing complications and engages consumers.