Tele-Rehabilitation:  Prospects a Progress

On February 2nd, 2000, the North Jersey, New York, and Long Island Chapters
of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) of the IEEE
together with the New York Academy of Medicine's Sections on Biomedical
Engineering and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation will host a program on
"Tele-Rehabilitation:  Prospects and Progress."  The speaker will be Dr.
Michael Rosen.

About the Talk
Tele-rehabilitation is the application of telehealth tools and techniques to
deliver rehabilitation services to both practitioners and patients in remote
clinics and homes.  In this presentation, Dr. Rosen  will discuss the
concepts, distinctions, terminology, and technologies that define the new
field of Tele-rehabilitation.  He will provide examples of the clinical
services that can be provided via tele-rehabilitation, including: (1)
Counseling, (2) Training,   (3) Assessment and monitoring of function and
health status, (4) Delivery of therapeutic interventions.   Dr. Rosen will
also outline the technical, regulatory and economic obstacles that need to
be overcome to fully realize the potential of tele-rehabilitation.  A
demonstration of current methods for real-time video interaction and sharing
of data over telecommunication lines, with and without benefit of computers,
will be given.  Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with
individuals remote from New York City via these links.  Finally, the speaker
will present a sample of the research and development projects now underway
at the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Tele-rehabilitation at
the Catholic University of America, National Rehabilitation Hospital and
Sister Kenny Institute in Washington, DC, sponsored by the Department of
Education National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

About the Speaker
Michael J. Rosen, PhD, is the Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering
Service at the Catholic University of America, National Rehabilitation
Hospital and Sister Kenny Institute in Washington DC.  He received his
undergraduate education at Brown University, and did his graduate work at
Northwestern University, completing his PhD in Electrical Engineering, with
a specialty in Biomedical Engineering in 1972.  In 1975 he joined the
Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT.  He has specialized in
understanding the mechanisms of disability and applying engineering science
and design to reduce the functional deficits which result.  His areas of
particular interest are communication technologies for motorically non-vocal
individuals, mechanics and orthotic modification of pathological tremors,
design of assistive products, and tele-rehabilitation.  Dr, Rosen has held
teaching positions at MIT, the University of Tennessee in Memphis, where he
was an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and
Orthopedics, and at the Catholic University of America.  He has collaborated
with physiatrists, neurologists, orthopedists, and allied health
professionals in his teaching and research efforts, emphasizing a friendly
team approach to solving patients' problems.

Time:  7:15 PM Registration (no charge), 7:30 PM Program, Wednesday,
February 2, 2000.

Place:  New York Academy of Medicine, Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street,
Manhattan.  TRAVEL HINTS:  If coming by car, there may be limited free
parking in NYAM enclosed lot at 2 East 103rd Street.  By subway, take #6 to
96th St (Lex. Ave line).  Walk to 5th Avenue, walk to 103rd St. [a better
route than the wavy path through a housing project on 103rd St.]

Information:  Joel H. Levitt (212) 479-7805 (24 hr voice mail).

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