OpenTeleRehab is an open source, multidisciplinary, telerehabilitation software recognized as a Digital Public Good – contributing to Universal Health Coverage and Health System Strengthening by improving access to quality, affordable rehabilitation services globally.
Project start date : 01/09/2021
Beneficiary country : Benin Cambodia Rwanda Viet Nam
About the project
OpenTeleRehab is an open source, multidisciplinary, telerehabilitation software – connecting rehabilitation professionals with service users to improve access to rehabilitation services and contribute to universal health coverage by facilitating discharge, transition of care and follow-up.
OpenTeleRehab allows its users to access tailormade rehabilitation treatment plans adapted to a variety of conditions. It enables rehabilitation professionals to provide continued support and follow-up via SMS, chat, audio and video communication, including plan adherence and goal achievement tracking.
OpenTeleRehab is made of 4 different platforms :
- an admin web portal to manage content, users and system settings;
- a therapist web portal to manage service user accounts, design treatment plans, set up appointments and organize communication with the rehabilitation service user;
- a patient mobile app to access treatment plans on and off-line, provide feedback, request appointments and exchange with therapists via chat, audio or video communication;
- an open access library allowing the rehabilitation community and peers to access, contribute to, build and develop a global telerehabilitation exercise and resource library.
OpenTeleRehab is currently piloted in Vietnam, Cambodia, Rwanda and Benin. Further deployments and scale-up in other locations are anticipated including in Middle East and the Carribbeans.
Globally, 2.4 billion people are living with a health condition that could benefit from rehabilitation. More than 50% of people in many developing countries have unmet needs for rehabilitation (UNDESA). In some low and middle-income countries, barriers for persons with disabilities are so significant that only 3-5% are able to access the rehabilitation services they need (Shakespeare, Bright, Kuper, 2018).
Telerehabilitation is the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to provide rehabilitation services to people at a distance in their environments.
Recent evidence suggests that telerehabilitation can be as effective as face-to-face therapy in treating specific pathologies. Telerehabilitation can improve access to rehabilitation services, reduce health care costs and facilitate continuity of care. Telerehabilitation complements traditional approaches to rehabilitation service provision. As highlighted in our research “Barriers and levers for the use of telerehabilitation through eperimentation in three countries“, the optimal use and deployment of telerehabilitation faces human, technological and organizational barriers. However, both professionals and users report significant benefits from using telerehabilitation.
In 2023, the first-ever World Health Assembly on rehabilitation noted that “telerehabilitation can improve the process of rehabilitation”.
OpenTeleRehab aims at connecting rehabilitation professionals with service users to improve access to rehabilitation services and contribute to universal health coverage by facilitating discharge, transition of care and follow-up.
- Targets relevant health conditions
- Integrates offline mode and SMS capability
- Can be made available in local language or dialect
- Was designed to strengthen health systems, with the potential to integrate with other health information systems
- Was developed in accordance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (level A/AA)
- Was developed using a micro services architecture to facilitate localization, technology transfer and sustainability
- Includes a dedicated administration application allowing for a decentralized user management.
3 Full-Time equivalents
1 Service providers
Number of beneficiaries since launch