Putrino, and developers in his lab, have used social media in the design of the app, as well as social media as a way to broadcast information about the app, and to crowdfund app development and clinical trials.
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David Putrino is a physical therapist with a PhD in Neuroscience. He has worked clinically in both private practice and hospital environments before moving to the United States to study computational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and MIT. He then accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at New York University, designing prostheses for Brain Machine Interface devices. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, and the Director of Telemedicine and Virtual Rehabilitation at Burke Medical Research Institute. In this position, He works to develop low-cost and accessible healthcare solutions for individuals in need of better healthcare accessibility, including a role as a site Principal Investigator for a multi-site, NIH-funded investigation of the role of telemedicine in the rehabilitation of sub-acute stroke survivors. He is the Chair of the Research Committee for the Telehealth Intervention Program for Seniors (TIPS), a Westchester county initiative that provides telehealth monitoring up to 750 elderly individuals with chronic conditions. He consults for Red Bull High Performance, using state-of-the-art technology to monitor and enhance athlete performance. He is also the “Chief Mad Scientist” (Chief Scientific Officer) of Not Impossible Labs, a group that crowd-sources accessible technological solutions for high-impact humanitarian problems.