"Only 20-25% of stroke victims have the opportunity to be given a place in a rehabilitation centre," explains Gilles Kemoun, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation. In light of this public health crisis, he decided to create AutonHome®, a connected rehabilitation programme at home for people suffering from cognitive disorders (such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease or from the effects of a stroke). Its specific feature is that it offers personalised exercises based on augmented reality and on an innovative virtualisation of the patients' familiar environment. Although the patients are autonomous they are never alone. A health professional monitors progress remotely, may adjust the treatment and is informed of any problems.
"The EDF Pulse Awards guarantee our exposure and increase our credibility."
Gilles Kemoun - Chairman of Neuradom, the company that created AutonHome
This innovation, which will simplify the lives of many people, is the winner of the EDF Pulse Awards 2017, in the "Smart Health" category. "This award gives us the resources we need to finish the final adjustments," explains Gilles Kemoun. What next? Organise A-series fund-raising and start marketing in 2018, with the aim of allowing more than 24,000 people to benefit from the programme by 2021. A wonderful challenge!
1.18M 130,000 new stroke cases, 150,000 Parkinson sufferers and almost 900,000 Alzheimer sufferers a year
24,000 patients to be supported between now and 2021
Neuradom is the embodiment of several observations. In France, there are almost 130,000 strokes every year, around 3,000,000 falls among the elderly - a major factor in their becoming dependent - 150,000 new cases of Parkinson's disease and almost 900,000 cases of Alzheimer’s disease. These chronic diseases require a specialist environment that allows sufferers to remain independent for as long as possible. Crucially, several recent scientific publications have shown that home rehabilitation programmes give better results than those carried out in a rehabilitation centre. The second observation relates to the lack of specialist rehabilitation facilities. The third concerns changes in public policy, which have meant a general reduction in hospital capacity and the promotion of alternative solutions, particularly home care. Following the decrees on telemedicine, the new law on social security funding envisages, albeit timidly, fixing rates for the remote monitoring of chronic diseases and certain telemedicine practices. For all of these reasons, we wanted to create an integrated solution that offers our patients adapted, customised and monitored rehabilitation programmes, with sufficient intensity and duration of care to enable them to retain or retrieve full independence.
Any recent good news?
Neuradom has just concluded its first funding round and is preparing for a series A funding round at the end of 2017 in order to launch the mass production of its solution. The company will relocate in June 2017 to the Silver Innov’ business incubator in Ivry sur Seine, where it will be able to open a showroom and regularly receive patients from a local hospital - Hôpital Charles Foix - to test developments in real time.
What is the most unexpected thing that your startup has made you do?
We ran a large project with the Army to allow servicemen and women suffering from post-traumatic syndromes to complete neurorehabilitation exercises in a tailor-made environment.
In what way does your project revolutionise your category?
What Neuradom offers is not just another device, but rather a full medical programme and an ecosystem that incorporates patients, practitioners and carers. This solution is based on augmented-reality technology that is installed in the home using the television screen, completed with unprecedented and exclusive technology to take into account the physical environment of the room in which the solution is located. The AutonHome® rehabilitation programme is incorporated into a service that enables the performance of each person to be monitored and controlled remotely. This service is supported by an expert centre that carries out the home installations and a medical and technical team that will consult the patient on a regular basis. This programme will involve the patient’s usual therapists.