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Future of CRT: Shifting workflows, improved infrastructure, outside inspiration

February 19, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

PITTSBURGH – How might the exploding use of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic change the provision of complex rehab technology forever? Dr. Brad Dicianno and Mark Schmeler offer their takes.  Shift workflow  While some stakeholders are quick to point out that telehealth isn’t appropriate in every case, Dicianno and Schmeler say they’re not so sure, at least on a certain level.  “Brad...

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Studies provide evidence supporting telehealth

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Studies provide evidence supporting telehealth

February 12, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

PITTSBURGH – Two recent studies help to back up claims that using telehealth to provide complex rehab technology is equally as effective and, in many cases, patient preferred.  The first study, published in the International Journal of Rehabilitation, found that pre- and post-scores on the Functional Mobility Assessment questionnaire were similar for two groups receiving complex rehab wheelchairs: veterans with disabilities...

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Study boosts case for telehealth for complex rehab 

January 11, 2021HME News Staff

PITTSBURGH – Telehealth can be effective in providing complex rehab technology, including custom-designed and custom-fitted manual and power wheelchairs, to veterans, according to two recent studies published in the International Journal of Telerehabilitation. The first study involved a cohort of veterans with disabilities who were assessed by a therapist through telehealth in their home for CRT and then compared to a matched sample of non-veterans who were assessed through traditional in-person...

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Complex rehab 'takes next step' with new program

September 11, 2020HME News Staff

PITTSBURGH - More than anything, the University of Pittsburgh's new Master of Rehabilitation Technology program will help to raise awareness among young professionals that specializing in assistive technology is a valid profession, says Mark Schmeler. So far, the department has received MRT applications from 10 students, mostly with engineering or pre-health science degrees, with a goal of up to 20 for the first year of the program. “There's a lot of potential workforce talent out there that...

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Build case for telehealth now

May 22, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - The complex rehab industry needs to make the most of CMS's decision to expand telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic, says Mark Schmeler.The agency announced in late April that it would begin allowing occupational therapists and physical therapists to provide telehealth services—a big win for therapists who specialize in seating and mobility, and who are trying to continue serving patients remotely.“We don't want this taken away (after the pandemic),” said...

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Join 'the movement' at ISS

January 4, 2019Liz Beaulieu, Editor

PITTSBURGH - The theme for the 35th International Seating Symposium in Pittsburgh is “Bridging the gap between data and value.” “Five years ago, people looked at me like I had two heads when I talked about data and outcome measures in this field,” said Mark Schmeler, an associate professor and vice chairman of education and training in the Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology at the University of Pittsburgh, and director of ISS. “Now all you have to do is...

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Outcomes tool reveals trends in assistive devices

July 22, 2016Tracy Orzel

ARLINGTON, Va. - More than a year after U.S. Rehab launched the Functional Mobility Assessment tool to a select group of its members, the results are in—sort of.“We're seeing a trend, but it's not statistically significant,” said Mark Schmeler, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, atthe RESNA/NCART 2016 Conference in Arlington, Va., in July.Developed over the past 15 years by Schmeler and Margo Holm, also a professor at UPitt's...

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Rehab pavilion: Empowering professionals

September 25, 2015John Andrews

The name may have changed, but the commitment to rehab professionals is even greater at the RSTce Advancing Mobility Complex Rehab Pavilion on the Medtrade show floor, sponsors say.The name change reflects the enhanced influence of the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology Continuing Education, which organizes the International Seating Symposium and is presenting educational sessions for technicians and clinicians at Medtrade.By adding the RSTce identity...

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U.S. Rehab gets behind outcomes tool

May 6, 2015HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa - U.S. Rehab has negotiated an exclusive license agreement with the University of Pittsburgh to give its members access to an up-and-coming outcomes tool.Developed by Mark Schmeler and Margo Holm, both professors at UPitt, the Functional Mobility Assessment tool tracks data on the ability of patients to function with their assistive devices like walking aids, prosthetics and wheelchairs.“Eventually, we will be able to track patient outcomes and prove that better equipment provides...

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Outcomes data collection program grows

May 23, 2014Leah Hoenen

PITTSBURGH - A University of Pittsburgh tool that's keeping track of how patient function improves from the first to second clinical visit is growing.The data collection and reporting tool, called the Functional Mobility Assessment, now includes data from 1,000 patients.“It's a simple tool,” said Mark Schmeler, associate professor, who provided an update on the project to attendees of the recent International Seating Symposium. “It's asking people their opinions of how well a device...

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