Posted on April 16, 2018 by staff

Digital physio platform secures $4.6m seed funding


Digital physiotherapy platform SWORD Health has secured $4.6 million in seed funding.

Powered by artificial intelligence and utilising high-precision motion tracking sensors, its core product SWORD Phoenix offers patients interactive physical rehabilitation exercises from the comfort of their own home, supervised by remote physiotherapists.

The investment, provided by Green Innovations and Vesalius Biocapital III and other investors from Europe and the US, will be used to accelerate the development of new digital therapies and drive the Portuguese firm’s global growth.

“Demand for physical rehabilitation therapy is rising around the world, yet for many people the therapy they need is out of reach,” said founder and CEO Virgílio Bento.

“Our mission is to democratise access to effective physical rehabilitation therapy, and deliver increased operational efficiency to national health services, healthcare providers and insurance companies through our platform.

“We have spent the last three years developing and refining the core AI technology that powers our Phoenix digital physiotherapist, and demonstrating efficacy through extensive clinical trials.

“We are excited to embark on our next phase of growth, where we will focus on global market expansion, the development of new digital therapies and further clinical trials.”

The company says it dramatically lowers the cost of physiotherapy for healthcare providers, while providing clinical teams and healthcare providers with access to in-depth information on patient performance and increased operational efficiency.

It claims that because patients are able to recover from the comfort of their own homes, they show higher levels of engagement in their physical therapies.

Its tech is currently being used by healthcare professionals in the USA, Canada, Australia, Norway and Portugal.

Guy Geldhof, partner at Vesalius Biocapital, said: “Physical rehabilitation faces a number of significant challenges. As an industry, it is highly dependent on a small number of specialists, which leads to high costs for patients as well as communication and organisational difficulties for service providers.

“SWORD Health has real potential to revolutionise physical rehabilitation for the better, and we are delighted to be supporting Virgílio and his highly talented team on their next phase of growth.”