Health Sciences: Interest in Cooperation

Signing the cooperation

St. Pölten UAS, Saphenus and AUVA Plan Cooperation in Motor Rehabilitation

The St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Saphenus Medical Technology and the Allgemeine Unfallversicherungsanstalt (AUVA) have decided to expand their long-standing collaboration in research and development.

The focus is on innovative technologies from the areas of machine learning, visual analytics and mixed reality, and the objective is to support patients and therapists in motor rehabilitation.

Researching New Treatment Methods

“Applied research and development is one of the fundamental performance areas of the St. Pölten UAS. Thanks to its close exchange with the business world and society, the St. Pölten UAS always works on practice-oriented and relevant applications”, emphasises Hannes Raffaseder, Chief Research & Innovation Officer of the St. Pölten UAS.

“Through the joint declaration of interest in collaborating with Saphenus and the AUVA, the St. Pölten UAS – with its expertise in movement and gait rehabilitation as well as the processing of complex data – is able to make a significant contribution to the research of new treatment methods”, explains Raffaseder.

Interdisciplinary Research

The St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences steadily developed its R&D competencies in the areas of motor rehabilitation, instrumented 3D gait and movement analysis, machine learning, visual analytics and augmented & virtual reality further over the past few years and has firmly anchored them at the location of the Center for Digital Health Innovation (CDHI).

“At the CDHI, we combine the various competencies of the St. Pölten UAS and use them in an interdisciplinary manner to develop new technologies”, says Brian Horsak, senior researcher at the Institute of Health Sciences at the St. Pölten UAS.

The technological advancements in the above-mentioned areas open up new and innovative treatment options in motor rehabilitation that go far beyond existing approaches. The St. Pölten UAS develops these technology-assisted approaches in motor rehabilitation within the framework of a number of projects and promotes their widespread employment in clinical practice through close collaboration with clinics and business partners.

New Application Possibilities for Practical Use

Saphenus Medical Treatment was founded in 2016 and develops solutions for amputees who suffer from pain. In this context, Saphenus builds on the idea of bionic prosthetics and cooperates closely with the field of science and research. The company is interested in this collaboration due to the fact that augmented & virtual reality offers patients numerous innovative possibilities for learning how to deal with their new prostheses.

The Allgemeine Unfallversicherungsanstalt (AUVA) is a social accident insurance company with more than 5 million clients. It provides statutory insurance against accidents and occupational diseases for more than 3 million people in employee relationships, over 500,000 self-employed persons and more than 1.4 million people who are currently in training, from the compulsory last year of nursery school to graduation from higher education. The AUVA offers all services covered by statutory health insurance including rehabilitation.

The company is particularly interested in this cooperation because computer-assisted methods can be used in numerous ways to sustainably support patient care.

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FH-Prof. Dr. Horsak Brian

FH-Prof. Dr. Brian Horsak

Senior Researcher Institute of Health Sciences
Department of Health Sciences