January 10, 2018

Grants help Gaylord acquire new touch-screen system for patient therapy

Submitted photo
Submitted photo
Heidi Fagan, inpatient Bioness Integrated Therapy Systems (BITS) coordinator at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, demonstrates a feature of the BITS therapy technology.

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford recently acquired three Bioness Integrated Therapy Systems, also referred to as "BITS," featuring touch-screen technology to help patients undergoing therapy for various ailments.

Grants of $28,000 each from the Meriden-based Cuno Foundation and MSL Renewed Hope in Colorado helped fund the BITS purchase.

The BITS system offers 24 programs optimized for physical therapy, occupational therapy, cognitive and speech therapy, and complements Gaylord's myriad therapy options, Gaylord said. BITS challenges patients with traumatic injuries and movement disorders through the use of visual motor activities, visual and auditory processing, cognitive skills and endurance training.

The grants paid for two 55-inch BITS screens for the hospital's inpatient and outpatient therapy areas and a smaller, mobile version for bedside therapy for the hospital's sickest, nonambulatory patients, said Heidi Fagan, Gaylord inpatient BITS coordinator.

Fagan said that many of the physical, occupational and speech therapy exercises on BITS can be

customized to individual patients with uploading photos of loved ones, familiar objects or places. Customized text – such as children's or pet's names – also can be inserted into therapy exercises to make it more client-centered, enjoyable and motivating, she said.

"We can offer an even larger variety of cognitive, visual and motor challenges to refresh the wide assortment of treatment options that Gaylord already delivers," Fagan said.

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