Physical literacy is important to teach our children since it will make the difference as they grow up and grow old. In the sedentary age we live in it is more important than ever. DigiPepp is a combination of physical activities that inspire and encourage children to be physically active. The projects main focusarea is digital innovations and tools but it also includes innovative new products and workshops where children help us understand their perception and needs.
One of the cases Nord InC is involved in concerns collaboration with the company Celel AB to develop and validate a mobile application for smartphones, which measures daily step counts for patients with diabetes. This is possible since most modern smartphones today comes with a hardware that identifies step counts from accelerometer information generated in the telephone. The development of this application is based on recent scientific findings and the current plan is to start testing of the mobile app in full scale. Here, older participants with prediabetes or diabetes will be given the app and will then be followed for one year with data on daily step counts together with medical testing at baseline, 3, 6 and 12 month, in order to document possible health benefits in relation to increased physical activity.
With Nord InC:s help, Celel AB have been given access to beta-testing of the app in Nord InC:s test bed of community-dwelling older adults. In the current stage of this case, Nord InC is co-designing a clinical trial to validate the app and have begun coordinating applications for research funding.
Celel have developed a mobile application for smartphones that measured daily step counts that could be distributed to the aforementioned patient group. This was possible since most modern smartphones today comes with a hardware that identifies step counts from accelerometer information generated in the telephone. Now, the aim is to test the mobile app full scale in where older participants with prediabetes or diabetes are given the app and then followed for one year with data on daily step counts together with medical testing at baseline, 3, 6 and 12 month in order to document possible health benefits in relation to increased physical activity.
ReBalance is a case that, with the help of Nord InC, aims to develop a platform for quick and easy assessment of balance function and risk of falls in older adults. ReBalance is already in the prototype stage and has been extensively validated in a large cohort of community-dwelling senior citizens. This case is currently undergoing a process together with Nord InC to launch into a clinical setting.
ReBalance will offer precision-based risk assessment to identify individuals at the highest risk of falling, with the possibility for follow-up sessions and feedback to these individuals. Fall accidents are known to bring a high healthcare consumption and ReBalance has the potential to increase prevention efforts in this area and contribute to a healthier aging population. Furthermore, the ReBalance case will include balance exercises with visual feedback and gamification elements to improve the balance function in those identified as having a high risk of falling. The objective nature of the measurements increases the quality in fall risk identifications and serves as the core for the ReBalance development case.
Nord InC works with ReBalance to develop both hardware and software based on previous prototype sessions, and will help market and launch this balance platform in clinical settings within the Västerbotten county council. With help from Nord InC, ReBalance has already been approved funding by Vinnova to help facilitate this process of first stage launch.