Innovation - IMPACTT Centre
Since it opened its doors in 2015, the IMPACTT Centre tests and recommends new technologies to help more people stay at home longer, and better support caregivers.
Getting its acronym name from Innovation eMpowering Patients And Caregivers Through Technology, 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 or community setting.
The IMPACTT Centre brings together technology vendors and project funders to trial technology to prove value and efficacy and to promote further adoption throughout the healthcare system.
Falls Risk Screening Research Project
Falls are a leading cause of injury for older adults, resulting in a significant number of emergency room visits and hospitalizations. In fact, more than one in five seniors experience at least one fall each year. Eighty-five per cent of injury-related hospitalizations for seniors are due to falls, and falls account for roughly $55 million in health-related costs in the Champlain region every year.
The new screening tool, developed by GE Healthcare, is called the Quantitative Timed Up and Go (QTUG). Seniors who are screened with the tool wear sensors on their shins over clothing, and their movements are tracked and analyzed.
Participants are asked to get up from a chair, walk three metres, turn around, walk back to the chair and sit down. Scores are produced from the data, measuring a person’s frailty and risk of falling.
The project is intended for independent seniors who aren’t usually screened for falls. The goal is to identify their risks, and provide clients with strategies to avoid falls.
The person administering the test uses a tablet to measure the time to complete the test
and other information such as your balance, and the length of your steps. The sensor
information combined with the short falls questionnaire determines the risk of falling.
Image reproduced with permission from Kinesis Health Technologies Ltd.
To learn more about this project, please see this news release.
If you are a health care provider interested in partnering on the project, please click here.
If you are a primary care provider and want to know more about the project, please click here.