iPhones and Better Health Outcomes

Tactile Pain Management by iPhone

“Over the past few years I have really wanted a way to be more analytical and technological with monitoring my patients outcome assessment. I have tried everything from standard forms and progress reports to mailing out weekly spreadsheets which patients fill in and return. All of these are time-consuming. Ironically enough, often patients lose motivation as well and do not always complete or return forms properly. Through this I began to develop an iPhone application that would allow for reminders and a tactile surface to measure their daily outcomes. I am happy to announce that I used my concept for the first time as a prototype today and am very excited about the potential of the application.” Dr Anthony Close

This innovative iPhone application offers reliable outcome assessment and patient monitoring

Dr. Anthony Close completed his studies in biology and chemistry from Purdue University prior to completing his Doctorate in Chiropractic at Palmer University in Iowa. While at Palmer, Anthony had a special focus in spinal rehabilitation systems and physiotherapy.  Currently, Anthony is a private practitioner in the city of Wellington, New Zealand.  In the past, Anthony has internationally lectured and held permanent positions at major universities and various gyms. Anthony’s unique blend of thought between physics, bio-mechanics, physiology and business has lead to a novel approach regarding spinal rehabilitation consultancy.

Often people are quick to blame structural pathology as a site or source of spinal pain. However, research now shows us that often many people with no pain have the same exact pathologies. Moreover, these asymptomatic people make up a large portion of the population. Less than 20% of spinal pain is caused by structural factors (disc herniation, cracked disc, infection, tumor, ect.).

Many people with back pain recover quickly but as time progresses the flare ups become more common and often more painful. A complete analysis that covers movement, motor control, torso endurance and whole body stability is often all that is needed. However, many practitioners never learned how to assess, design, and support systems that encourage proper motor control and motion. In addition, the solution is not as difficult as one may think.

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About the author

Bradley Wilson is the Managing Director of the AOK Health Group, established in 1994. The AOK Group is comprised of 3 companies which specialise in the design, manufacture and distribution of health and rehabilitation products, education and services worldwide. Bradley has not just fostered good products but also good business, winning the awards including 2008 Exporter of the Year, 2003 Fastest Growing Hunter Wholesaler and in 2004 Trainer of the Year in Logistics. In 2004, 2006 & 2008 Bradley was elected as a Director of the Hunter Business Chamber by the 1000 member companies of that organisation. He is Senior Vice President, Chair of the Executive, Audit, Business Development and Education Committees. In 2005 fellow board members elected him as a Councillor of NSW Business Chamber (previously Australian Business Ltd) - one of Australia’s largest business lobby groups. Bradley was a Councillor for 3 years. Respected enough to work with other prominent industry professionals throughout the world, he has developed a business model that allows his customers the advantage of the world’s best product and technological information unchallenged by their competitors.

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