A System for Remote Monitoring of Rehabilitative Physical Therapy

RatnamRama Ratnam

Coordinated Science Laboratory
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A system that enables rehabilitative physical therapy at home with remote monitoring and assessment capabilities can significantly improve the delivery of health care. We will discuss how a Kinect camera-based client-server system (Salus) tracks and captures human body motion in real-time. The client software runs exercises and movement tests. Data are maintained remotely on a (cloud) server. A Web-based program allows a doctor or physiotherapist to interact with the patient and access his or her motion data and high-level analytics. It can generate test results and reports, assess patient progress, and allow for interactive updating of exercise programs based on progress.



Rama Ratnam is a Visiting Senior Research Scientist in the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a former assistant professor in neurobiology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, and his Ph.D. from Illinois in biophysics and computational biology.