Korean startup Exosystems makes smart knee care solution Exo-Rehab for elderly

The world is aging exponentially, with 617 million older adults in 2020, with the figures expected to jump to 1.6 billion people by 2050. Given the numerous simple and complex health situations that accompany the geriatric population, an increase in older adults could overwhelm our healthcare system if not dealt with now. Korean startup Exosystems is building a novel healthcare platform for the elderly generation. The startup provides musculoskeletal training and healthcare solutions, allowing older adults with chronic pain on their knees or legs to walk again and live a more vigorous life. 

A complete solution for musculoskeletal issues

Exo-Rehab is a next-generation musculoskeletal training and healthcare solution that aids in the recovery and reinforce knee joint muscles through gamified and personalized gaming contents and therapeutic neuromuscular electrical stimulation. Following its slogan “Fun @Home, Data-Driven Rehab!” Exo-Rehab uses an emotional approach in treatment rather than traditional rehabilitation. The device uses NEMS to measure and improve muscle growth and provides a systematic rehabilitative care program based on patient data and medical staff recommendations. ExoRehab effectively accelerates patients’ rehabilitation rates and assists medical personnel in providing effective patient care and management.

Exo-Rehab is composed of a wearable device and an application. The wearable devices are worn on the knee and linked to the application. The device collects the patient musculoskeletal data through in-built sensors and uses machine learning to analyze patient data to guarantee a highly efficient rehab process. Based on musculoskeletal data collected, Exo-Rehab provides personalized and gamified training which the user can access from anywhere in real-time. The device and app help users solve muscle fatigues and strengthen them using neuromuscular electrical stimulation, mainly used in professional institutes while requiring a high price to a consumer. 

Exo-Rehab allows its patients and doctors to analyze the collected rehabilitation exercise performance and musculoskeletal data to provide objective information and health management data. The user can see how he/she is progressing on the monitoring web page from the application. The data collected is stored in the cloud, making it easy and convenient for both doctors and their patients to manage various user rehabilitation activities online at once. The product enables its patients to live healthy lives by giving an efficient and effective healthcare solution delivered through a comfortable and professional method that incorporates all the treatments and training for musculoskeletal health management.

Unique design and functionality

The wearable device’s unique design and its applications allow Exo-Rehab to perform the same rehabilitation related functions patients get in typical medical institutions. The device comprises a wearable internet of things (IoT) that detects and records its user’s motions and reconfigures the training intensity based on the severity of illness or accident. The training for each patient is created in collaboration with various myoskeletal rehabilitation medical staff teams. Its IoT technology enables users to receive top-notch rehabilitation and recovery services without location and time restrictions. Exo-Rehab gives the same electrical stimulation as medical institutions. Electrical stimuli by the device induce muscle growth that reduces recovery time. 

Expansion plans

The startup was selected as the winners of K-Global@ India in 2018 and participated in both COMEUP 2020 and CES 2020. Exosystem aims to solve the problems that the patients in rehabilitation are suffering by introducing the wearable rehabilitation solution. The startup partnered with Medipeace Vietnam to introduce Exo-Rehab in the Vietnamese market. Exosystem’s ultimate plan is to become the leading healthcare platform for older people, helping them get healthy lives. According to its CEO Lee Hu-man “We are planning to develop a platform that includes services by health care professionals and physical therapists to manage the health of older people with ExoRehab.”

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