Sensor Device Can Help Home Rehabilitation

21 January 2010 (Last Updated January 21st, 2010 18:30)

A sensor-based technology developed by a European Commission research project can help doctors monitor the movement and posture of patients that are rehabilitating at home. Under the SensAction-AAL (sensing and action to support mobility in ambient assisted living) initiative the body-

A sensor-based technology developed by a European Commission research project can help doctors monitor the movement and posture of patients that are rehabilitating at home.

Under the SensAction-AAL (sensing and action to support mobility in ambient assisted living) initiative the body-fixed sensor-based technology can assist doctors in understanding and treating patients with mobility problems and motor disorders.

The SensAction-ALL partners have developed the DynaPort Hybrid device and MoveMonitor application, which will sense patient movement, collect data and then transmit the findings to a physician's personal computer.

The devices are worn on the user's waist on a special elastic belt and can operate for up to 75 hours on a single battery charge.

McRoberts founder and president Rob van Lummel said his company is a partner firm in the project and information the device gathers allows doctors to better understand a patient's symptoms and in turn treat them more effectively.

"This data-capturing feature is important because doctors need to see how mobility problems affect people during their daily lives and while performing different activities," van Lummel said.

DynaPort will also support patient rehabilitation by informing users if they are performing exercises correctly at home, which also reduces the time travelling to and from hospitals and rehabilitation centres.

The €2m initiative is funded under the EU's Sixth Framework Programme.

Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Spain have partnered the initiative.