The South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP) recently endorsed mobiPhys, a web and mobile-based communication system, developed by mobile technology company Grapevine Interactive, for physiotherapists and their patients.

mobiPhys is currently being used by over 800 physiotherapists across South Africa. UCT and Stellenbosch University are also using mobiPhys as both a teaching aid and practice tool.

The system enables practitioners to create tailored rehabilitation exercise programmes online to send to patients. Patients are then able to access their rehab programme on their mobile devices, which are illustrated and provide detailed explanations ensuring they perform each exercise correctly. By monitoring the patient’s usage of the system, the practitioner is able to gain insight and determine whether the patient is actually performing the rehabilitation exercises.

“We just love building apps like this,” said Grapevine’s Director of Solutions, Rob Mousley. “Using mobile to make direct and immediate improvements in peoples’ lives is what we’re about.”

mobiPhys System Designer and Physiotherapist, Barry Baumgart, added: “The major benefit of the app is that users will be able to access their programmes even if they’re not connected to the Internet.”

The next version of mobiPhys will include mobile apps for smartphones, initially for Android and Apple devices.

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