2019 Robotic Rehabilitation Workshop in Severance Hospital, Korea

Author:

Chinouk Van Nijen

Clinical Application & Research Manager

Severance Hospital is the leading hospital in South Korea – the founding hospital of modern medical science in Korea with the establishment of “Kwang Hye Won” in 1885 by Dr. Horace N. Allen, a missionary doctor. For more than 130 years it has been pursuing a relentless search for quality improvements in the medical fields and advancements in patient care, which is why it has one of the most advances robotic rehabilitation facilities in the world. The Severance Robotic Rehabilitation Centre is a shining example of this – and Hocoma was recently there for their now annual robotics workshop.

WORKSHOP 2019: new advancements

Severance hospital has long been a key player in education and integration of advanced rehabilitation technology within the Asia Pacific region. On November 23, their ‘Advanced Rehabilitation Technology Workshop’ was held with more than 50 attendees from over 20 different hospitals within South Korea focusing on the growing demand and use of rehabilitation technology. It was hosted by Severance Hospital together with long-time Hocoma partner Jungwoo Trade and DIH Asia Pacific.

Dr. Kim Deog Young, Director of Severance Rehabilitation Hospital, led much of the day alongside experts from Hocoma’s own team, giving the participants an insight into the history of the hospital and sharing details on the operational side of how robotics are used for rehabilitation at the hospital.

Topics for the workshop included hands-on demonstrations with new devices, parallel and efficiency settings between devices such as the Erigo, Lokomat and ArmeoPower, correctly identifying patient needs and pairing them with technology, clinical gait analysis, group therapies with robotics of the upper extremities, discussions and more.

Said Constanze Meier, Hocoma APAC Clinical Applications Manager “It is incredible to see the growth in interest and utilization of robotic devices at Severance. As a leading hospital not only in South Korea but held up in the region as a pioneer, workshops like this show how ahead of the times they are in finding the best ways to treat rehabilitation patients.

A MASSIVE-IN-SIZE-“START-UP”

With a total of 3,400 beds, approximately 4,000,000 outpatients and 1,150,000 inpatients treated annually through their network, Severance seems like a start-up brimming with excitement and innovation than a hospital of such size. Korea boasts some of the highest technology adaption in the world and when it comes to healthcare, it is no exception.

In just a few years the hospital has doubled its’ Robotic Rehabilitation Centre,” says Meier. “With workshops like this one, attended by so many experts from the field, it is clear that they feel this is where the future of rehabilitation will continue to grow”.

Want to know more? Reach out to our experts Chinouk van Nijen and Constanze Meier.

Originally published on 13.3.2020

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