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Movendo Technology: the first test in the world that prevents elderly’s falls is born

  • Press releases - 13 June 2019

The test, based on 130 clinical and robotic parameters, is designed to last 20 minutes with the robot hunova.

The silver index has been developed in 36 months together with specialists of Ospedali Galliera in Genoa, on a population of 150 elderlies.

About 37 million people worldwide require medical attention following falls every year. In Europe the phenomenon affects 2.3 million people.

Genoa 13th June 2019 – 20 minutes of test are enough to prevent elderly falls, the second death cause (after car accidents) and disability worldwide for people over 65 (World Health Organization). The event involves 37 million people worldwide, every year. The European Public health Association estimates that every year in Europe more than 2.3 million people access the ER following an accidental fall. 1.5 million of these are hospitalized, with a high percentage of people maintaining a disability over time, due to impaired mobility.

The silver index is the first objective, clinically tested exam, that enables to predict and prevent falls in the elderly and, at the same time, allows to suggest a personalized training and rehabilitation path. The test is based on an algorithm which, through a robotic evaluation, summarizes and improves the clinical scales in use (Short Physical Performance Battery, Performance Oriented Mobility Assessment, Timed Up & Go Test), allowing to have an objective and personalized evaluation of the falls risk in about 20 minutes. The test uses 130 control parameters.

“ The silver index – says Simone Ungaro, founder and CEO of Movendo Technology – is the first of a series of algorithms that Movendo Technology is developing in the field of machine learning and Artificial Intelligence applied to people’s clinical data. The purpose is to develop a line of solutions based on people’s age and lifestyle in order to facilitate a prevention path based on prediction and not on mere forecasting. This solution, together with others, is radically changing the approach to health, shifting the attention to the issue of prevention, with positive effects in different areas such as insurance and welfare in general ”.

The silver index test is progressive and measure all the biomechanical and neurological parameters of a person at the same time, simulating all the perturbation elements, static and dynamic, that are source of the fall in a controlled way, highlighting case by case the specific deficit of the person and the respective rehabilitation path.

In particular, the elderly using hunova is exposed to many balance and dynamic conditions, both in standing and seated configuration. In every moment hunova measures and evaluates the biomechanical response of the person in an objective and personalized way. It goes from the maintenance of the balance, up to gradually more dynamic situations, with an increase of the perturbative influence, in order to evaluate in safety every stability limits of the person.

At the end of the test, hunova creates a detailed report of the person’s biomechanical “health condition”, highlighting the deficient functional areas. This, together with the assessments made by the clinical specialists, allows to design a personalised therapeutic path to prevent falls.

The two distinguishing features of hunova are the collection and objective calculation of the biomechanical parameters of the human being and the high level of support and robotics intervention that simplify, guides and encourages the patient with rehabilitation protocols that look like video games (interactive video games). This technology makes it possible to treat most of the body ankle, knee, hip, pelvis, trunk, vestibular system and cognitive system.

The silver index has been carried out in 36 months of research and development together with Ospedali Galliera Genoa with a population of 150 patients. The robot hunova has already been used with more than 5000 patients in hospitals and specialized centers worldwide in orthopedic, neurological, geriatric, pediatric and sports field. The results of the clinical studies overtime have been the development of more than 200 exercises and over 30 protocols both for the prevention and for the rehabilitation treatments. In this way Movendo Technology helps the medical and the physiotherapy staff in the new era of specialized treatment, giving back an important set of objective data and quantitative feedback not yet identified till today, thus enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the overall rehabilitation path.

Movendo Technology – 51% Dompé holdings, 42% the inventors and founders Simone Ungaro, Carlo Sanfilippo and Jody Saglia, 7% IIT, Italian Institute of Technology – started its industrial and commercial activity 2 years ago and it is a landmark medical company in the robotic rehabilitation field at international level. More than 70 hunova robot are used currently worldwide: Italy has more than 30 devices, Germany has about 10 robots installed, USA, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Greece and Dubai.

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