Wearable AI Device for Elderly Fall Risk Assessment

Overview

Fall risk assessment is used to identify the risk level and risk factors, in order to prevent falls and reduce the chance of injury. Conventional clinical assessments are usually subjective and qualitative. This wearable device could be used to conduct quantitative measurements of balance and those gait parameters to provide comprehensive assessments and recommendations to help prevent elderly fall.

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Commercialisation opportunities
Collaboration and partnership for clinical trials
Problem addressed

A comprehensive quantitative analysis is usually conducted in a lab with lots of equipment like high-speed cameras and force platforms. Also, the data collected has to be analysed by professionals. These time-consuming processes are difficult to practically integrate into typical clinic practice. This technology provides a portable device that enables a simple, efficient and affordable approach for fall risk assessment.

Innovation
  • The device with patented algorithms extracts and quantifies irregularities measured in walking, postural stability/balance, and limb strengths using sensors and a mobile app. These factors are strongly associated to fall vulnerability based on well-established research worldwide.
  • The cloud AI analytics further process the results using reference database of regional specific elders to determine credible risk levels and recommend specific interventions.
Key impact
  • The device can provide comprehensive assessments on fall risk and could provide a more accurate and actionable insight for the elderly.
  • This device with patented technology is simple, fast, and effective. Elderly everywhere can benefit from early awareness and prevention of a serious health risk.
Award
  • Silver Medal at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva 2021
  • Gold Award at the 2nd Asia Exhibition of Inventions Hong Kong
Application
  • It can enhance the services including preventive treatment and exercises, supportive insoles, safer shoes, home environment safety check, etc. provided by a physiotherapist or occupational therapists.
  • This device and its test can be incorporated into fall risk assessment protocols when the elderly was admitted to hospital or care centre.
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)

Aspiring to be a leading, research-led, liberal arts University in Asia, Hong Kong Baptist University is committed to conducting world-leading investigations that extends the frontiers of knowledge, tackles global challenges and benefits the community at home and abroad. 

Pursuing research excellence is one of the priorities of the University’s Institutional Strategic Plan 2018-2028. The University keeps enhancing its capacity and strength to produce world-class research with an aim to bring significant impact to the society. 

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