Our approach has been to work with academic researchers and clinicians to develop tools prior to deployment. Recent milestones include:
Reliability of Kinematic measures
. has successfully completed its research project entitled, The Evaluation the reliability of Kinematic measures obtained using a proprietary motion capture system
In collaboration with Kinesiologists and Physical Therapists from York University’s Orthopedic & Neuro-mechanics Lab and funding support from the Health Ecosphere program
, the goal was to create a software-based solution which utilizes video and infrared recordings of human motion to assist health providers with the analysis of their clients’ functional capability during the preoperative and rehabilitation phases of care.
Utilizing a virtual environment containing a depiction of client and trainer avatars (CA and TA, respectively), a computerized model recreates the client’s movements within the virtual environment, while an avatar depicts the trainer avatar who coaches the client on how to perform prescribed exercises.
The research concludes that the ForaHealthyMe
virtual rehab system is a reliable tool that has demonstrated performance comparable to that of a goniometer. A goniometer is an instrument that either measures an angle or allows an object to be rotated to a precise angular position
Research into the Use of Virtual Care Solutions for Patients with Spinal Cord Injury
The company and its partners Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Center for Family Medicine are conducting a clinical research project to enhance the support and services to patients with spinal cord injuries and other mobility disabilities from acute care, through rehab and during the transition back home.
Funded through Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the project is one of 15 innovative health technologies funded via grants from the new Health Technologies Fund (HTF). Successful projects were announced on April 4th, 2017 by Health Minister, Eric Hoskins. Details here.
HTF support projects that reflect priority areas of the Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care to provide patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to stay healthy and a healthcare system that’s sustainable for generations to come.
Research into the Determinants of Treatment Failure in COPD Exacerbation
The company is collaborating with the University of Buffalo Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine to conduct a pilot to closely monitor patients and gather data during the index event and following discharge.
This will allow researchers to identify patterns of change in patient symptoms and physiologic variables that also predict treatment failure.
The vision is that outcome determinants identified via data can be translated to personalized precision therapy of exacerbation, with consequent reduction in the rate of treatment failure and readmission.
Research into Youth Mental Health
In 2015, the company, in partnership with the Faculty of Health, York University, the Center for Addiction and Mental Health and North York General Hospital were among a list of 22 projects funded by the Government of Canada
, under the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) e-Health Innovation Partnership Program (eHIPP) in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).
The three-year, student-centred project was developed to support York University students’ mental well-being
through an evidence-based eHealth solution that includes the following key components: mindfulness principles and practice; cognitive behaviour therapy approaches; and a student-centred virtual community.
At the announcement of the grants, Federal Minister of Health, the Honourable Jane Philpott, stated, "I am excited to see Canadian ingenuity at work to support the health of Canadians. These projects have the potential to make high quality health services more available to the young Canadians who need them, and they are making great strides for the delivery of increased home services..."
Previously Ontario Centers of Excellence projects include partnering with the Faculty of Health at York University and Division of Vascular Surgery at the St. Michael's Hospital to conduct research into Peripheral Arterial Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease.
The results included a peer-reviewed paper entitled - A Virtual Health Community for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease.
The paper was presented the 4th International Conference on Current and Future Trends of Information and Communication Technologies in Healthcare (ICTH) and a submission to the Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery.