A mobile application developed by Neuroscience Research Australia in partnership with the Mark Moran Group is designed to help maximize the physical and psychological wellbeing of older people, including screening for those at risk of falls.
The FallScreen app tests people aged over 60 years for health conditions and the developers claim it can predict falls among older people with 75 percent accuracy.
The tool will be made available through app stores for download for those who work in the aged care sector, such as physiotherapists and fall prevention clinicians and researchers, following a trial period at MMG facilities.
The application, which was designed using more than 30 years of NeuRA’s research involving about 20,000 participants, is just one of many being rolled over the past few months designed to help extend healthcare services to Australians.
This includes a smartphone app for telehealth services, developed through a partnership between Northern Queensland Primary Health Network and home physician service House Call Doctor.
The app brings Telehealth Doctor NQ to residents in Mareeba and Atherton in Far North Queensland, allowing patients to ring up for a consultation, or book one online, and receive medical advice or have prescriptions and certificates sent to their mobile device.
The app was tested with a 30-day pilot trial among a group of carers of colorectal cancer patients recruited from the Victorian health service, receiving positive responses from participants.
FallScreen isn’t even the only technology entering the market to help prevent falls: Digital hearing systems specialist Starkey Hearing Technologies integrated AI into a hearing aid called Livio AI, which uses integrated sensors to record cognitive health and physical activity, including alters triggered by a fall.