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Pan Asian Award Nomination For Falls Prevention

1 May 2016

Solutions 4 Health (S4H) were recently finalists in a prestigious Asia Pacific award for innovative healthcare technology and solutions.

Their breakthrough Kinesis Quantitative Timed Up and Go (QTUG™) device*, which has been shown to be much more accurate than traditional methods in assessing risk of falls in older adults, was one of six finalists in the ‘”best product to support ageing in place” category.

The 2016 Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards culminated in a glittering awards ceremony where S4H took centre stage along with 150 market leading healthcare companies from over 15 different countries worldwide.

S4H CEO, Kishore Sankla, explains: “It was a fantastic opportunity and great exposure for the business and in Singapore we featured alongside global players like RDS, Blisscare Health, T Systems and Capital Medica. Furthermore, we were asked to deliver a keynote Falls Prevention speech at the conference, under a module entitled “The Future of Rehabilitation and Wellness” and I outlined how health service bodies globally are increasingly looking at preventive measures to improve quality of life and reduce financial costs**.

“We’re already looking to facilitate large-scale adoption of our Falls Prevention Technology & Management Solutions across the NHS, but having decided to extend this innovative technology to the Asia Pacific region (and award nominations like this obviously help) we’re now making inroads in Australia and India too.

“In partnering with Kinesis we are able to provide real benefits and efficiencies for falls prevention – giving physical therapists and other clinicians a superior method of determining an individual’s potential for falling, and providing the necessary support and information in order to intervene and greatly reduce that risk.”

*Kinesis QTUG™ utilises body-worn sensors combined with signal processing and machine learning methods to provide a quantitative assessment of mobility and falls risk, plus statistical comparisons against population averages for age and gender. The collected data are streamed wirelessly, via Bluetooth, to a touch screen tablet device that displays the calculated results of some 60 movement variables covering strength, balance and gait.

**Falls in older adults are a major problem worldwide, with an estimated 30% of adults over 65 falling each year. Incidence rates in hospitals are much higher still and in long-term care settings approximately 30–50% of residents fall each year. Falls cost the UK NHS £2.3 billion per year alone, plus there are massive downstream effects in terms of carer time and absence from work.

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