Reflexion Health snagged $18 million in an insider-led Series B round the company said would be used to expand its product line and complete evaluations of the FDA-approved Vera physical rehabilitation tool for patients recovering from joint replacement.
The San Diego-based company is part of the growing "gamification" trend in med tech. Its Vera system is a Kinect-enabled physical therapy tool for musculoskeletal rehabilitation that was given regulatory clearance last November.
The system's digital platform includes a suite of prescription rehabilitation exercises, an animated avatar coach, a 3-D imaging system for measuring movement and form, a dashboard for off-line clinical review, automatic report generation and telemedicine capability.
A Kinect camera records patient's movements and can send them to the cloud, allowing physiotherapists to keep tabs on their patients' rehabilitation progress (or lack thereof) following orthopedic injuries.
"We are delighted with the progress in development and initial deployment of this innovative and much needed technology," Dennis O'Brien, board chair of Reflexion, said in a statement. "The team at Reflexion Health has re-imagined the delivery of rehabilitation, and built a digital health platform that places patients at the center with a connected, convenient, and efficient home-based solution."
Reflexion also received a $1 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to use Vera in fall prevention for seniors, the company said.
Earlier this year, the FDA cleared the Yugo Microsoft ($MSFT) Kinect-based physical therapy system that can be used to create a personalized physical therapy routine at home following prompts from an Xbox or other computer connected to the Kinect.
Other players in the expanding "gamification" niche include Israel's Intendu and Akili Interactive, which is developing a video game-based platform for treating ADHD and other neurological conditions it hopes to launch next year.
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