Startup Raccoon helps patients to receive physical rehabilitation

Every year millions of people need physical rehabilitation after accidents and neurological diseases. Anyone who is unlucky to get injured or have a stroke knows that the recovery is very long and difficult process.

Only 3 out of 10 people completely finish rehabilitation. 7 out of 10 mix ineffective, non-controlled and pretty boring treatment. As a result — treatment is unproductive, people feel unwell, can`t return to a full life and often remain with disabilities. From a business point of view, rehab centers in EU lose 13,9B annually. Raccoon, that was recently named one of best 35 startups worldwide by Startup World Cup 2019, solves this problem with the Raccoon.Recovery solution.

This will be the next generation of recovery. Raccoon has built a hardware device to attach to patient’s arms, legs, back or hands. And there is an application that tracks the treatment. But the secret sauce is – rehabilitation is finally fun. This device may be connected to any existing video games. Patient can play digital application by his own body, and that is how the Raccoon solution repairs patient’s motoric skills. This is digital-game-rehabilitation.


How does it work?

Step 1. The rehab specialist and patient together come up with rehab SMART goals in the application (i.e. to eat by myself in 3 weeks).

Step 2. The rehabilitologist can choose any physiotherapy tests digitized by Raccoon. Thanks to digitation, examination and getting results is done at least 8 times faster. According to test results, these algorithms estimate how achievable the goal is and offers corrections if they are needed.

Step 3. Machine learning builds a course with the list of movements to train, recommended games and longevity of daily training. It also forecasts longevity of treatment course basing on data from other patients.

Step 4. A patient gets the controller and access to his account and recovers while playing video games in any place (in the rehab centre or at home). He plays video games using prescribed movements. Physiotherapist and patient monitor the progress in real time.

Besides a special controller there are also additional modules with orientation sensors that can provide information on correctness of doing exercises which is extremely important for telerehabilitation when the physiotherapist is not there to control the patient.

Raccoon also thinks about mental factors, monitors and analyze changes in body function and structure, compares data of different patients to find best way of personal physical rehabilitation. Raccoon has a psycho-emotional analysis that takes into account the mental health of the patient and tailors the course accordingly.

Raccoon.Recovery collects more than 150 parameters for patients, including personal data (20 parameters: age, gender, hobbies, etc.), examination test results, goniometric and dynamometric data, indicators of the psycho-emotional condition and a log of events in games.

After collecting enough data, the software determines the effect of each of the parameters on the duration of rehabilitation.


Currently, Raccoon.Recovery is under testing at INNOVO rehabilitation centre and Kyiv City Clinical Hospital No. 18 in Ukraine and also tested in more than 15 rehab centres in Germany, the first market where the product will be presented. The Solution also has already received appreciation from researches of Max-Plank Institute and Charite in Berlin and by leading insurance companies like AOK and TK who are interested in faster and more effective treatment which Raccoon.Recovery is able to provide.

This summer Raccoon will enter German market with a simple model of the product with digitized examination tests, gamification and remote monitoring, while ML will be trained and trials for advanced product will be done.

The team has already got funding from EU program Horizon 2020, Startupbootcamp Digital Health Berlin and an Angel Investors. Raccoon has won to join outstanding startup acceleration and incubation programs like Crowd Inc (Ukraine), SABIT (USA) and Startupbootcamp (Germany), entered the Top 12 of the most promising rehabilitation projects based on the Fortune 100 analysis and won the Startup World Cup Ukraine 2019. Now the company is searching for additional funding to implement more functions and for academic partners to conduct trials.


Information by Startup Reporter

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