OneStep, an all-in-one digital care platform that captures real-life mobility data from any smartphone, has announced a partnership with the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, NY, one of the largest academic medical systems in the US. This collaboration, which began two years ago when Mount Sinai began using OneStep’s advanced gait analysis technology, has now progressed to a more comprehensive study of the efficacy of remote physical therapy (PT) programs.

The initiative represents a critical moment in the ongoing effort to provide advanced, efficient, and accessible PT solutions to patients worldwide. Its aim is to explore whether remote physical therapy treatments can be equally, if not more, effective than traditional in-person care.

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The collaboration will result in a joint research report that provides key insights on the effectiveness of remote PT, explores its financial viability, and validates key performance tests. A key aim of the final published research is to test the potential for remote PT patients to regain mobility or even improve at a faster rate than those receiving in-person care.

The project will also consider opportunities for reimbursement through Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM) codes. This could have a significant impact on the widespread adoption of remote PT. 

Through the partnership, Mount Sinai and OneStep will assess the validity of measurements for key physical performance tests when conducted remotely, including the Sit-To-Stand (STS) test, Timed Up and Go (TUG) test, and the 6 Minute Walk Test (6MWT). 

In addition to the partnership with the Mount Sinai Health System, OneStep’s collaboration includes New York University, the University of Haifa, Tel Aviv University, and the University of Utah Health. This research builds upon OneStep’s previous peer-reviewed validation and clinical studies that demonstrate its validity and reliability as the gold-standard gait analysis system. 

By establishing remote PT as an essential part of healthcare services, this research will extend mobility benefits to those who previously have not been able to access PT, particularly individuals who face geographical, logistical, or time challenges.

“Through this research partnership, OneStep’s technology will have a significant impact on Mt. Sinai patients’ quality of life, which can hopefully be extended to many other patients around the world,” says Yuval Naveh, chief scientific officer at OneStep. “We are committed to harnessing data-driven insights and driving better patient outcomes for all.”