IMPACTT Centre Examining Innovative Solutions to Improve Patient Care
A future where technology is a regular part of home care and monitoring is exactly what the IMPACTT centre is exploring. The IMPACTT Centre moves home care technology from ideas all the way through to real solutions in patient homes. It includes is a unique testing ground that allows staff to try out, refine and evaluate technological solutions in a realistic home setting. The IMPACTT Centre brings together technology vendors and project funders to trial technology with our large patient base to prove solution value and efficacy and to promote further adoption throughout the healthcare system.
CURRENT PROJECTS INCLUDE:
Falls Risk Screening Technology - The QTUG (Quantitative Timed Up and Go) is a standard TUG (Timed Up and Go) test, but with a technological spin: While going through a standard TUG test, which involves having the client stand up, walk 3 meters, turn, and then return, the client is outfitted with wearable sensors that send data via Bluetooth technology to a tablet application. The care provider holding the tablet is provided with real-time information on the client's gait and mobility as well as a statistical estimate of the client's frailty and risk of falling. The QTUG also includes a falls questionnaire to improve the falls risk estimate. The IMPACTT Centre is performing a trial of this technology in a variety of situations to determine the best delivery model to get the right people tested at the most appropriate stage of their lives to prevent future injury-causing falls that are both costly to the healthcare system and life-impacting to the fall sufferer.
How we are making stroke rehabilitation fun for clients - A software application called Jintronix to help clients work on their balance, mobility, muscle strength and endurance, flexibility and range of motion, postural control and bilateral coordination. The application uses motion capture technology in therapy-focused, video game-like exercises designed and validated by physiotherapists and occupational therapists. For example, a client seated in a wheelchair can work on leg strength and endurance in a therapy game that gives the client points for kicking a soccer ball into a net. Another client may play the a skiing game to work on balance and mobility, shifting their body weight back and forth as the character onscreen travels slaloms down a hill. As the client plays the video games, they receive feedback onscreen so that they can view and follow their progress. Meanwhile, a sensor bar sitting on top of the television captures the client's movements for analysis by healthcare professionals. The data generated by the games can assist therapists in establishing a baseline, tracking a client's progress, and helping tailor the rehabilitation program. The IMPACTT Centre is currently performing a trial of this technology for Stroke Rehabilitation patients at the Rehab Clinic in the city of Cornwall.
Patient and Caregiver Support Solution – we have partnered with NexJ Health to deliver a software solution to patients and their caregivers that can help relieve some of the burdens of providing care. Based on NexJ’s Connected Wellness platform, this program will allow a patient and their family caregivers to track all aspects of their health journey in their own personal record. By recording the details of their health situation and journey and then sharing with their extended care circle, patients can reduce the effort of retelling their story countless times, and allow all members of the care circle that they build (family, friends and health professionals) to track changes in their condition. It also provides channels of secure communication and planning (calendaring) to the care team so everyone can stay connected and participate. The solution is accessible anywhere that internet connection is available via smart device apps (phones and tablets) as well as by computer, so even remote caregivers in other regions can stay connected with the patient. The IMPACTT Centre will be starting a trial with one hundred patients and their caregivers in a limited region in Champlain starting early January 2017.
Learn more about the IMPACTT Centre: http://healthcareathome.ca/champlain/en/news/Pages/Release_Innovation_Centre.aspx