PRIME-VR2 is a Horizon 2020 project that involves the creation of an end-to-end integrated digital development platform to facilitate collaboration across stakeholders in the VR ecosystem, and to produce effective VR rehabilitation environments. The VR platform emerging from this project will be applied and tested with rehabilitation patients with upper body motor impairment particularly of the hands, fingers, wrists and forearms.
The overall aim of this project is to deliver a platform that integrates bespoke VR hardware and physically- and socially optimised gaming in order to deliver enhanced VR experiences. This will demonstrate new standards of accessibility, control, feedback, and engagement for users.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF SAINT JAMES HOSPITAL IN THIS PROJECT?
As part of its physiotherapy services, Saint James Hospital collaborated with Planet Health Ltd, to provide physiotherapeutic and rehabilitation services, with the aim of providing a more holistic one stop shop approach to the management of pain and injuries. The multidisciplinary team provides unique individual assessment and patient treatment plans depending on the patients’ specific presenting complaint. Other services include management and treatment of all orthopaedic, musculoskeletal, sports and neurological ailments and injuries in adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.
Saint James Hospital together with Planet Health Ltd will be providing a living lab environment with a specific focus on musculoskeletal injuries. Within the living lab the bespoke controller and VRHAB-IT platform can be assessed, tested and monitored. Professionals including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and gym attendants will be involved in the code sign activities of the game and will monitor the metrics to assess improvements in the patients’ rehabilitation progress.