Duke Study Highlights Cost Savings from Physical Therapy Via Telehealth

Healthcare providers realized savings of $2,750 per patient by delivering physical therapy via a telehealth platform rather than in person following knee replacement surgery, according to a Duke university study released this week.

The much anticipated study, conducted by the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) evaluated the cost and clinical non-inferiority of using a virtual rehabilitation platform to deliver physical therapy following total knee replacement (TKR) surgery. Dubbed VERITAS, (Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation In-home Therapy: A Research Study), the study found that exercise programs delivered virtually using VERA, with clinician oversight, “enabled a substantial reduction in post-acute costs and rehospitalizations while being as effective as traditional physical therapy.”

“Physical therapy is a critical component of recovery for patients following total joint replacement surgery. As people live longer and these surgeries become more common, it is important to identify solutions that maintain or improve outcomes while decreasing the burden on patients and providers.” said the DCRI’s Janet Prvu Bettger, ScD, associate professor with the Duke Department of Orthopedic Surgery and principal investigator of the study.

We are excited by these findings and the continued push by providers to implement technology to reduce costs and improve outcomes. At AMP we remain dedicated to delivering patient-centered, cost effective telehealth solutions for practitioners.