Our approach has been to work with academic researchers and clinicians to develop tools
deployment. Recent milestones include:
Reliability of Kinematic Measures
completed its research project entitled, The Evaluation the reliability of Kinematic
obtained using a proprietary motion capture system
In collaboration with Kinesiologists and Physical Therapists from York University’s
Neuro-mechanics Lab and funding support from the Health Ecosphere program
, the goal was to create a
solution which utilizes video and infrared recordings of human motion to assist health
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
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
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
that either measures an angle or allows an object to be rotated to a precise angular
The results of this project have been accepted for a poster presentation at
the 2019 International Society of Posture and Gait Research conference.
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
the Center for Family Medicine are conducting a clinical research project to enhance the
and services to patients with spinal cord injuries and other mobility disabilities from
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
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
Care to provide patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community
the information they need to stay healthy and a healthcare system that’s sustainable for
generations to come.
In the above-mentioned Spinal Cord Injury project, several peer reviewed
publications have been presented at events. They include – “Development
of an E-Learning Module: Exercise Prescription for Health- Related Fitness
among persons with Spinal Cord Injury
” & “Virtual Support Platform for
Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury Requires an Evaluation Framework Rethink.
Research into the Determinants of Treatment Failure in COPD
The company is collaborating with the University of Buffalo Department of Medicine, Division
Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine to conduct a pilot to closely monitor patients
gather data during the index event and following discharge.
This will allow researchers to identify patterns of change in patient symptoms and
variables that also predict treatment failure.
The vision is that outcome determinants identified via data can be translated to
precision therapy of exacerbation, with consequent reduction in the rate of treatment
Research into Youth Mental Health
In 2015, the company, in partnership with the Faculty of Health, York University, the Center
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
The three-year, student-centred project was developed to support York University students’ mental well-being
eHealth solution that includes the following key components: mindfulness principles and
practice; cognitive behaviour therapy approaches; and a student-centred virtual
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
Previously Ontario Centers of Excellence projects include partnering with the Faculty of
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
with Chronic Kidney Disease.
The paper was presented the 4th International
Current and Future Trends of Information and Communication Technologies in Healthcare (ICTH)
a submission to the Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery.