Monitoring Technology for the Prevention of Falls in the Elderly

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43AG043067-01
Agency Tracking Number: R43AG043067
Amount: $173,925.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: NIA
Solicitation Number: AG12-010
Small Business Information
6901 EAST FISH LAKE RD, STE 190, MAPLE GROVE, MN, 55369-5457
DUNS: 964564731
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (612) 251-6560
Business Contact
Phone: (612) 251-6560
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Innovative Design Labs (IDL) proposes to develop a low-power, low-cost, high compliance system for monitoring gait parameters indicative of increasing fall-risk. Falls are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in older people, and fall-related injuries represent a significant burden to the patients, their families, caregivers an the society as a whole. Consequences of fall-related injuries, such as chronic pain and decreased mobility, contribute to prolonged hospital stays and institutionalization. The fear of fall-related injuries isolates the elderly, reducing their mobility and independence. This projects aims to develop a low-cost fall risk monitoring technology that is unobtrusive to the elderly patient. The primary focus of the physical and software design is to achieve a very high compliance and user satisfaction throughout daily, continual use. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Falls are a leading cause of injury and accidental death in persons over the age of 65 years. The psychological impact of a fall or near fall often results in fear of falling, reducing their independence and activities of daily living (ADLs). By monitoring gait parameters with a small wearable sensor, falls can be prevented. A novel fall-risk monitoring device designed to ensure ease of use, comfort, and high compliance is proposed.

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