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Real-world data collection is increasingly important during registry studies and clinicial trials. Novel outcome measures can now be designed and implemented rapidly with the Zeblok platform. Data can now be captured unobtrusively at home and in community environments, avoiding site visits and thereby enhancing convenience for study subjects as well as investigators and study staff. Furthermore, confined walking on a pressure-sensitive mat quickly becomes repetitive and can easily bias or skew collected data as well as final study results.
Unfortunately, in some extreme cases seniors may become intimidated or even abused by aberrant care providers. Privacy concerns remain paramount while cameras are in use where care is provided. However, low-resolution images (still sufficient for pertinent motion-tracking data collection and machine-based image analysis) do not violate individual privacy yet can assist in generating a record of how tragic events unfolded. Use of low-resolution images also affords a lesser cost burden for network transmission and storage.
Gait disorders, common both with aging and in the setting of specific neurological disorders, are a risk factor for dependence, cognitive decline, falls, and death. Thirty-five percent of the population older than 70 years has some degree of gait abnormality; over fifty percent of people older than 85 years experience some degree of changes in gait. The Zeblok SmartIRCamera—in conjunction with Zeblok Smart Shoes—effectively quantifies movement patterns of seniors and is an effective, efficient baselining tool for care providers and therapists which, for the first time, allows automated calculation of an activities of daily living (ADL) score.
When mounted on a wheelchair, the Zeblok SmartIRCamera permits scorecardng of head, neck, and arm movements. Outcome-focused rehabilitation requires a quantitative assessment of session-by-session improvement in function or desired changes in tracked parameters, which can be assigned to the desired degree of granularity—single- or multi-axial motion, desired degree or range of motion, and the number of criteria-meeting events within a defined time period.