Doha, 8 February, 2021: The Physiotherapy Department at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has marked National Sport Day in Qatar by launching its “Physiotherapy Online Exercise Program”. The new website, which is hosted at www.hamad.qa, features 609 videos for patients and will continue to expand to reach 1,500 videos. The website is intended to enhance the patient experience and enable them to access exercise information in a safe and convenient manner, helping their journey to recovery.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the online consultation and telerehabilitation service was well utilized by the Physiotherapy Department of HMC. As an initial response, telephone consultations were started, progressing gradually to video consultations. The challenges to communicate and yet maintain social distancing led the Physiotherapy Department to look for innovative solutions. This led the Physiotherapist Department to develop a large database of online exercise programs to enable patients to use them through a secure channel, maintaining patient confidentiality and keeping in consideration the safety of the patients.
After an evaluation by the physiotherapist either in person or online, the therapist will develop a treatment plan based on the problems of the patient. If the patient can be advised to perform a home program, the physiotherapist will choose the right exercises from the online exercise program and will send an SMS and email to the patient. These will have a password to login into the exercise portal and access the exercises program through the patient’s mobile or on any digital device. At the same time the physiotherapist will be able to track the patient’s performance. This is a safe and convenient way for patients to continue their treatment at home and engages the patient in their recovery which leads to better outcomes. This program will be available only for patients who are being treated in the physiotherapy clinics in the various facilities of HMC.
The unique aspect of this entire website is that the entire conceptualization of the idea, video shooting, script of the exercises, models for the shoot, camera shooting, editing, branding, developing website content was undertaken by the multitalented team of physiotherapists. They were supported and guided by the dynamic supervisors of various facilities led by Chief Ms. Noora al Mudahka.
The feat of launching the Physiotherapy Online Exercise Program would not have been possible without the support from the Corporate Communications, web and digital services led by Mr. Ali Al Khater, Chief of HMC’s Corporate Communications Department. Their timely cooperation and support instilled confidence to keep the hard work going on. The responsiveness of his team in setting up this website is appreciated by the leaders of the Physiotherapy Department.