FallWall + BoneMetrics address a serious medical problem:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury for older Americans. In 2014, according to a CDC report, older Americans had 29 million falls, costing over $30 billion in Medicare costs. And the number of Americans over 65 will double by 2060, according to a 2016 report by the Population Research Bureau.
There are several products on the market including static pads and dynamic air bags. These airbags work in three steps:
- Detects a fall
- Deploys airbag
- Alerts caregivers
Body airbags have matured and work reasonably well. Helite is a company that makes motorcycle airbag vests and now offers Hip’Air an airbag belt they say absorbs 90 percent of the impact from a regular fall, whereas a regular hip protector (padded underwear) supposedly only absorbs 10 percent of the impact.
The two problems with current airbag protectors are high cost and low adoption due to negative perception and inconvenience. Hip’Air costs about $800 so few can afford them. The Tango Belt [was ActiveProtective] is similarly priced. Even those can afford them, don't like them, feel degraded using them.
Hip located airbag costs are about $800 [chest air bags cost is only $400]
Chest air bags for motorcycle riders average $400.
- Spidi Neck DPS-1 Airbag Vest
- Motoairbag MAB VZero Airbag Vest
- Held Clip In Air Protector Vest
- Helite Airnest Airbag Vest
- Ixon IX-Airbag U03
- Bores Helite Airbag System
FallWall + BoneMetrics
FallWall is an on demand fall cushion system.
BoneMetrics is a combination of on person devices and Amazon cloud based service which together improve population bone injury prevention and treatment.
FallWall Cost - the two primary components are the detector and the airbag system. Current detectors are expensive. FallWall lowers the detector costs in two ways: using a smartphone or smart watch which come with fall detector technology or building a fall detector from Ardruino and sensor combination which costs about $50.
Adoption - FallWall is more likely to be adopted because it is built into the clothes instead of the current ugly belt systems on the market.
We can't improve what we don't measure. BoneMetrics makes reliable & comparable bone and health metrics made easy.
Problem - Correctly stating cause and effect of a bone injury is absent or unreliable in current medical data and reports due to faulty data collection methodology. The majority of bone injury details are collected from patients who recount their fall. This is error prone and unreliable. Worse, the data is not centralized nor standardized.
Similar to a flight recorder, A.K.A blackbox, a fall recorder, A.K.A graybox, is an electronic recording device placed on a person for the purpose of facilitating the investigation of falls, accidents and bumps. The gray box uploads data to the BoneMetrics service hosted in Amazon AWS. Graybox allows meaningful trend analysis.
There are two different fall recorder devices: the fall data recorder (FDR) preserves the recent history of the person's movement through the recording of dozens of parameters collected several times per second; the body cam recorder (BCR) preserves the visual history of the person's movements. The two devices may be combined in a single unit. Together, the FDR and BCR give an accurate testimony, narrating the person's movement history, to assist in any later investigation. This device is periodically uploaded to the BoneMetrics service.
- Manage Clients: Create multiple client profiles with one account.
- Calculate Bone and Health Fitness: Comprehensive health and fitness assessments.
- Track Progress: Visual data of individuals and entire population.
- Share Results: Securely store and share data with clients and other professionals.
BoneMetrics will do for elderly bone care what the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) did for crime fighting. UCR compiles official data on crime in the United States, published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). BoneMetrics intends to be a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort of hospital, physician, university and college, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies voluntarily reporting data on elderly falls and injuries.
With aggregate data over time, the app can get health practitioners better data on what interventions are useful.