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Discussing Computerized Movement Tracking and Analysis in Healthcare, Biometric Security, and All Things Pressure Analysis

3 Clinical Applications of Computerized Plantar Pressure Analysis

Medical plantar pressure measurement devices (PMDs) have been important tools for gait analysis since their invention, and although historically overlooked, plantar pressures (alongside temporal and spatial parameters) are critical aspects of gait analysis. Analysis of underfoot pressure and foot/floor interactions provide much more than an in-depth analysis of foot function. Similar to temporal and spatial measurements, plantar pressures can be used to indicate or…

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5 Fall-Risk Factors Measured by Medical PMDs

What is a Medical PMD and Who Are They Useful To? Medical pressure measurement devices (Medical PMDs) are pressure sensitive technologies that have found a niche as modern gait assessment tools. PMDs may be single tiles or walkways and provide clinicians with data-rich analysis of gait parameters such as temporal measurements, spatial measurements, center of pressure (COP), and plantar pressures. Medical PMDs are useful to medical professionals not just for rehabilitation and treatment, but also for monitoring…

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Two Doctors stand on new biometric tiles installed at the new Cyber Centre facility in Fredericton

Stepscan, CyberNB and UNB Collaboration

Stepscan, CyberNB and UNB Collaborate on Pioneering Gait-Based Biometric Security One small section of flooring, one giant leap for access security. Biometric security is becoming increasingly familiar, with fingerprints and facial measurements used to unlock doors and devices not only in secure facilities, but in everyday life. Prince Edward Island-based Stepscan Technologies has developed a…

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Screen shot of the Vicon Nexus 1.7.1 software showing a motion analysis model of a cross-country skier

How to Choose the Right Gait Analysis Technology for You

My youngest daughter is off to university in the fall. As a graduation gift, and to support her for the next four years of school, I wanted to buy her a new laptop. Unlike me- who studied science and business-she is going to study film, animation, and fine arts, so trying to determine which computer…

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Hearing Loss: Tips and Common Courtesies for Effective Communication

A few weeks ago, during a coaching training course, my classmates and I were discussing the concept of active listening. How is it practiced? Why is it important? How can you improve it as a skill? I caught myself thinking, “Strange that we need a lesson dedicated to this. Do people really find this hard? Why do I seem to find this second nature?” Then I remembered: I don’t have a choice but to…

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4 Building Blocks for Successful Fall Management Programs 

Every facility that cares for or interacts with seniors has a fall-risk management system in place. Yet, one in every four seniors are expected to experience a fall. Evidence suggests that most falls are not only predictable, but preventable. So if our organizations have plans in place to prevent falls, why are they so prevalent? The truth is that most fall management plans are underutilized and out-of-date,…

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Seniors and COVID: What Is the Future of Fall-Risk?

COVID-19 and Falls As discussed in our last blog about the effects of COVID-19 on seniors, one of the consequences of the Coronavirus pandemic is an increased risk of falls and fall-related injuries.  Since early 2020, people around the world have been asked to reduce their movements; lock downs, quarantines, and fear have all affected the behavior and activity of individuals, especially of older adults who are among those at greatest risk for severe illness caused by…

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What is an MDEL and Why Does Your PPE Supplier Need One? 

Throughout 2020, employee safety has been front-of-mind like never before. Society is working to balance the need to keep the economy moving, while considering how to keep workers safe, healthy, and comfortable. For most North American businesses, this means the implementation of mask wearing. In every industry, especially those that previously had few safety concerns beyond fire exits, employers have had to source safe, trustworthy suppliers for personal protective…

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Seniors and COVID: 4 Ways to Keep Seniors Safe

Seniors and COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic has been a scary and trying time for everyone around the globe but the threat of the virus looms greatest for the oldest members of our communities. The CDC reports that “as you get older, your risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases”, with “the greatest risk for severe…

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How To Make Fall Prevention Screening and Assessment a Routine Part of Clinical Care

Falls in older adults are a significant and growing public health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), injury death rates from falls nearly doubled between 2000 and 2013, from an average of 29.6 to 56.7 per 100,000 population. The direct medical costs of falls in the United States are projected…

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2 Questions to Ask When Considering New Tech for Your Clinic or Senior Care Facility

We are seeing an extraordinary rise in the use of technology in healthcare. New tools for screening and assessing patients, or tools for managing workloads and streamlining record keeping are just a few. Whatever your pain point is, there is probably a product on the market that could help alleviate your clinic’s challenges. When you…

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3 Things You Need to Ask When Choosing a Senior Care Facility

Maybe you clicked on this post because you are the child of aging parents who are considering moving into a seniors’ home. Or perhaps you are a senior who is considering the move for yourself. Whatever the situation, moving into a long-term or senior care facility is a significant life decision, and choosing what will…

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