Accenture Develops Virtual Reality Gaming Tool To Help People with Amputations

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Accenture, a leading global professional services company that was presenting at the WT | Wearable Technologies Conference 2018 USA in San Francisco, has built a VR game on SAP Cloud Platform using SAP Leonardo® technologies and virtual reality to help amputees overcome challenges when confronted with phantom limb pain.

This technology was developed by the Accenture Liquid Studio that used an armband that uses SAP Leonardo capabilities and virtual reality dashboards to create a gamification platform that encourages patients to wear appropriate prosthetics and make what can be monotonous therapy exercises more appealing and engaging. It was also designed so that clinicians had their own dashboard, where they could create personal plans for patients. Using this platform, providers can also see electrical signals in a patient’s muscles.

After undergoing testing in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where initial studies found the technology enhanced patient confidence and engagement, the technology is now being donated to hospitals worldwide.

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A phantom limb is the sensation that an amputated or missing limb is still attached. It usually occurs shortly after a patient has had a limb amputated, and can feel like stabbing, shooting, throbbing or burning and can be uncomfortable. Approximately 60 to 80% of individuals with an amputation experience phantom sensations in their amputated limb, and the majority of the sensations are painful.

“Phantom limb pain is a chronic, physically and mentally debilitating condition for most patients after undergoing amputations,” said Candida Luzo, head of Occupational Therapy at Hospital das Clinicas. “Accenture has demonstrated a viable, low-cost option to assist in the rehabilitation of patients with amputations. This will be an invaluable tool in our physical and occupational therapy programs.”

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Daniel Gonzalez, managing director and Accenture Liquid Studio lead for Accenture Brazil, said this new application takes IoT, analytics and VR to rapidly create an easy-to-use and cost effective application to capture real-time data and personalized therapy plans that can improve physical progress and decrease phantom limb pain in amputees. “We developed this application with input from healthcare professionals and patients to help drive social change and transformation by tackling challenges in new ways,” he said.

Accenture will donate this application to hospitals and make it available on multiple platforms.

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