fall prevention

By Dave Muoio July 16, 2018
A new study published in npj Digital Medicine suggests that walking data collected from hip-worn accelerometers is viable for assessing the risk of falls in older women. While this specific investigation employed a medical-grade triaxial accelerometer (the ActiGraph GT3X+), the researchers noted in their writeup that the success of these sensors bode well for population-level analyses of fall...
By Jonah Comstock April 18, 2018
San Francisco-based PeerWell has added an augmented reality feature to its app, which helps post-surgical patients manage their recovery. The tool, called PeerWell's Trip and Fall Hazard Detector, uses the phone's camera to analyze a user's home environment and provide suggestions about how to minimize the risk of falls. “Falling is a top driver of injuries in older adults, and of special concern...
By Dave Muoio December 13, 2017
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania-based ActiveProtective, which makes a wearable airbag deployment belt for seniors at risk of a fall, has received more than $4.7 million in Series A funding, the company confirmed after a MedCity News article spread the word this morning. The round was led by Generator Ventures, with additional participation from the company's prior investors. “ActiveProtective was...
By Jonah Comstock October 6, 2015
The non-connected Moore Balance Brace. Textile sensor company Sensoria has expanded its offering beyond the realm of wellness tracking for athletes and is developing a device to sell to healthcare providers via a partnership with New York medical device company Orthotics Holdings Incorporated (OHI). Sensoria demoed the new provider-facing system at the Health 2.0 event in Santa Barbara this...
By Jonah Comstock January 21, 2015
A Dublin, Ireland-based company, Kinesis, has found that its QTUG system, which uses app-connected wearable sensors to assess fall risk, could be valuable for evaluating multiple sclerosis, too. Studies have found the technology to be 10 to 20 percent more accurate than existing methods for detecting falls. Kinesis, a spin-off of Dublin's TRIL Centre for aging technology research, launched last...
By Jonah Comstock January 23, 2014
An Israeli company is crowdfunding a "smart shoe", which they say will actually prevent falls. The B-shoe (for balancing shoe) is an interesting twist on the concept: Many times, when inventors talk about fall prevention, they're really talking about gait analysis algorithms that will help keep elderly people and their caretakers informed when they become more likely to fall. The B-shoe, on the...
By Jonah Comstock June 21, 2013
A new mobile health startup has emerged from stealth mode with a first round of funding, FDA 510(k) clearance, and an app launch, not to mention a partnership. Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Sway Medical, formerly Capacity Sports, raised $750,000 from individual angel investors and the OKAngel Sidecar Fund, a fund financed by the state of Oklahoma to promote entrepreneurship. The iOS app, called Sway...
By Jonah Comstock February 15, 2013
Philips GoSafe: The latest PERS offering from Philips Lifeline. Like every other commercially available PERS offering, it does not claim to prevent falls. According to the CDC, falls are the number one cause of injury death among older adults and the number one reason for hospital admissions for trauma. Falls are a serious problem for older people living at home, and a burden on our healthcare...
By Neil Versel October 1, 2012
In remotely installing a software upgrade for all of its U.S. customers, the maker of a "smart bed" system for hospitals and post-acute rehab facilities, claims to have developed the country's first application that biometrically validates bed position changes through a secure, cloud-based monitoring platform. The new Position Change feature from BAM Labs, Campbell, Calif., an optional feature in...
By Brian Dolan May 17, 2010
Robert Miller, executive director of technical research at AT&T is showing off AT&T's "smart slippers" prototype here at ATA 2010 in San Antonio, according to a report in Healthcare IT News. We have written about Miller’s smart innersole project a number of times in the past: AT&T, Texas Instruments and New York-based start-up 24Eight have created smart innersoles that can tell how...