National Geographic recently held a contest called “Chasing Genius,” where $25,000 was offered to help fund the most innovative idea for improving the world we live in. The contest is available worldwide, open to anyone who records a 60-second video explaining their idea and why it should be chosen. This year’s winner was Asha Gummadi, a neurological physical therapist from Philadelphia. Gummadi has developed Therex Portal, an online platform that physical therapists can use to prescribe specific exercises to their patients for rehabilitation in the home. The portal includes instructions for each exercise, along with animations to help the patient ensure it is performed correctly.
Gummandi was inspired to develop Therex Portal after her mother was involved in an incident that required her to use physical therapy to rehabilitate. Since her mother only spoke Telugu, an Indian dialect, Gummandi could not effectively recommend the exercises she needed to perform in order to get better. Therex Portal enables the user to view instructions for each exercise in multiple languages, effectively closing the language barrier for many. The platform is also available on a mobile app, so
patients can easily receive and review their exercises wherever they are, opening doors for many who live in remote areas and don’t have easy access to clinics.
With over 1000 submissions to choose from, National Geographic felt that this was the most innovative idea to support at this time. At Valeo, we couldn’t agree more. Knowing a thing or two about neurological physical therapy, we love that Gummandi is finding ways to offer specialized care to all those in need. Although we know that working directly and in person with a therapist yields the best results, her idea is an amazing alternative to the many people that live in rural areas and don’t have that option.
See Gummandi’s submission video, and learn more about Therex Portal by visiting their site.