We aim to improve their walking and prevent falls as their as their walking naturally declines. We will do this using an empowering intervention that incorporates music, based on neuroscience research and its profound impact on the human brain.
The MedRhythms Stride
The core of the MedRhythms Stride product is the neuroscience of rhythm and how it engages the brain to help people improve walking (balance, speed, symmetry, etc), which will be described in more detail below. However, to build out the core of our idea, we mapped each of the pains and gains as described above to particular ‘potential solutions’ in the following cluster map:
This cluster map then built the backbone for the three core components of the MedRhythms Stride solution. These concepts are in process of being tested by users and influencers, within the following three components of the full solution: 1) The MedRhythms Gait Sensors, 2) The MedRhythms Stride Mobile App, and 3) The MedRhythms Stride Web Application.
The mobile app is designed to be the command center to launch a walking session and sync with the sensors. The interface is designed to be easy to use and engaging, and is currently in the process of being tested with users and influences. A walking session works as follows: sensors collect real time data about the person’s walking, such as speed, step length, and left/right symmetry. This data is then streamed to the mobile app where it’s analyzed in real time using our proprietary digital signal processing algorithms used to adjust music playback. Our machine learning analytics then allow us to individualize walking regiments and improve our delivery algorithm over time.
The Stride has the capability to use and change the parameters of any song that a person likes, from any genre or time period, making it fun and and engaging. The person can log in through an app on a smartphone and with just one click can begin a session of walking with music. The data is kept and displayed in a progress screen so the user can view their progress at anytime.
The web application has the majority of the configuration settings, which can be access via any cloud connected device. Caregivers are also provided their own login information to be able to track their loved one's progress and see when they may be at risk for falls. The Stride can also provide fall detection, sending alerts to caregivers and emergency responders, should a fall occur. This provides peace of mind and decreased anxiety for loved ones.
P.S. Two clinical things that we wanted to share for those of you curious out there: 1) the neuroscience of how music improves music is strong and can be shared upon request and 2) the gait data collected can actually be used as a strong diagnostic (e.g. for pre-cursor fall detection or cognitive decline).
P.P.S. See the power of music on walking here:
We look at competition from two separate angles: 1) Traditional therapy and 2) Fall detection and monitoring. In fall detection/monitoring, there are a number of solutions on the market, however most of them notify the user of an incident. The MedRhythms Stride acts to improve the walking parameters based on neuroscience, lowering the risk of falls, while still knowing about when an adverse event happens. For the intervention side, we view physical therapy or exercise programs as a potential replacement, however we believe our personalized, low-cost, and portable solution will provide high quality and convenient care to compete. To keep the human factor in the loop, the MedRhythms solution will also include a trained medical professional as a health coach.
Based upon feedback, comments, and questions, we made some changes to our prototype and ran a few research experiments to test suggestions and questions that were asked. We have attached a PowerPoint presentation with the results of the experiments and feedback from our users. We are using this to structure the user experience , components of the product, continue to refine the prototype and conduct further experiments/prototyping.
I have added Version 1 and Version 2 of our storyboard, outlining the full experience - from delivery to follow-up of The Stride. We are currently doing another round of potential customer interviews about the storyboard and what they like and don't like. We hope to have a final version, with all incorporated feedback very soon!