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“BUDI – an Apple Watch tool for children with cerebral palsy”

Speaker: Blynn Shideler, MD Student, Stanford University

Abstract: BUDI, the Biofeedback Upper-Limb Device for Impairment, is a digital health platform aiming to make physical and occupational therapy more accessible and engaging for children with cerebral palsy.  Cerebral palsy is the world’s most common pediatric movement disorder.  While there is no cure for cerebral palsy, affected individuals benefit from daily therapy for mobility and functional activities.  BUDI addresses these challenges by accessing health sensor data from an iPhone & Apple Watch and integrating with Apple Health to create a real-time biofeedback experience for remote therapy.  Biofeedback has been shown to improve user compliance of physical and occupational therapy by creating environments that are more engaging, motivating, and fun.  BUDI allows you to take this biofeedback experience with you anywhere, track your therapy progress over time, and connect with providers and resources for your care whenever you need them.


“Better Mental Health and Virtual Care using Virtual Reality”

Speaker: Afsana Akhter, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Amelia Virtual Care

Abstract: The benefits of Virtual Reality in Mental Health are well established through 1000+ studies spanning three decades of research. VR technology has become user friendly and affordable enough to be used widely and consumer adoption of VR is growing rapidly. Amelia Virtual Care has developed a cloud based, VR, and mobile platform for mental health used by more than 2000 therapists globally. Amelia will share why therapists are using VR to enhance patient experience, increase adherence, and improve outcomes, and how they are using it for both in-person and remote therapy.

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