Indian physiotherapist Dr Asha J Gummadi won the Nat Geo Chasing Genius Challenge held in the US for her innovative idea. Dr Asha, a graduate in physiotherapy from SVIMS University, Tirupati, hails from Guntur district.
She moved to the US to pursue Master of Science in physiotherapy at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Boston.
She graduated with an Advanced Master of Science majoring with Neurological Physiotherapy in 2008. She had been practising in the US since then and for the past seven years. She was associated with Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, a large acute rehab centre in Greater Philadelphia, as a neurological physiotherapist.
National Geographic network had called for innovative ideas that can change the world in their segment chasing genius challenge and Dr Asha Gummadi presented her idea “Empowering tele- rehabilitation with digital connectivity.” Her solution was a web application that helps physiotherapists prescribe, customise and share home exercise programmes with their patients in their native languages.Her vision was to provide tele-rehabilitation services to people living in rural and remote areas with the use of technology. Patients living in rural regions, in general, face a lot of hardships to get access to physiotherapy and rehabilitation services.
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