Most fitness wearables are focused on giving a user information about their workout, be it distance travelled, calories burned or a comparison of this week’s intensity vs last’s. However some are using these sorts of sensors to measure more medically orientated data. ViMove for example from Dorsa, is designed with doctors in mind, giving them a better way to measure a person’s lower back problems.
Dorsa’s ViMove hardware is a little more complicated than your average fitness band. It consists of two movement sensors, two wireless electromyography sensors, disposable applicators (Daps) and a recording and feedback Device. This is all wirelessly sent to the ViMove software on a physician’s PC or laptop via a small RFD sensor, sending valuable data about a patient’s problem to the main system for analysis.
The idea is to combine the data gathered from each sensor to assess the current state of the person’s lower back. If they’re in pain, they’re likely to avoid movements that aggravate it, so Doctors can quickly assess where the pain is coming from and at what intensity. They can also see the movement of certain bones, like the different vertebrae in the spine, as well as erector spinae muscles.
The ViMove is versatile enough though that the sensors can be moved around to track different parts of the body. For example, putting the sensors on the patient’s leg can give the doctor more information, letting them treat problems with the lower body much more easily.
All of this data is available to look at in real time on the ViMove software package, but it also analyses and correlates the data to provide insight into what a patient may or may not be able to do. For example, certain lower back issues might lead to a recommendation for lessened activity for a few days. Likewise this data can be stored and compared to in future visits to allow for a very data-centric way to measure patient healing progression.
There’s no end user cost for a ViMove system as the company only sells directly to doctors, hospitals and private medical professionals.
Availability is the main problem with a product like this. Because you can only get access to its benefits at a GP or private physician, finding one that’s equipped with a device like this is going to be hard. That said, using one of these isn’t something to aspire too, since it only really comes into play when you’ve hurt yourself.
The ViMove seems like an interesting product. Combined with something like the recently reviewed BalanSense, you could find out a lot about older people’s movement and abilities far more than just watching and talking to them.