Chroma and The University of York developing neurotechnology tools for music driven rehabilitation in the home

Chroma, the UK’s leading national provider of arts therapy services, has partnered with The University of York’s Digital Creativity Hub to design and build digital neurotechnology and rehabilitation apps and devices using the power of music to support clients recovering from brain injuries.

With a growing demographic of Stroke survivors as well as Parkinson’s and Dementia patients living longer, the need for rehabilitation at home services are expected to increase dramatically in the next few years.

The toolset will support music therapists working with clients in hospitals, rehab settings and in post-discharge. Clients will be able to continue their treatments at home, in between consultations and appointments. Chroma’s therapists will be able to use the tools to monitor progress, alter or amend treatment plans and importantly gain a fuller picture of the impact of the treatment users receive.

Speaking about the partnership, Daniel Thomas, joint managing director at Chroma, said: “The is an exciting opportunity to take music therapy rehabilitation to the next level, helping to optimise treatment outcomes and improve recovery times for clients following brain injuries.

“The partnership sits within Chroma’s strategic Digital Rehabilitation strand and with The University of York’s expertise we are hopeful of having our first product at initial test phase within six months.”

Dr Duncan Williams, researcher and project lead on adaptive audio for health and wellbeing at the Digital Creativity Labs, University of York, added: ”At the DC Labs our mission is to harness the power of technology to make the world better for people. Working with Chroma to develop these novel music therapy tools is an outstanding opportunity to put our research on biophysiological measurement, machine learning, and mobile development into the real-world.

“Most importantly, this partnership means that we will be focussing on building tools with the therapist and patient’s needs at the forefront, making sure we get the process right for the end users.”