An Australian Innovation

Data reveals that currently Australian health care system pays $8.4 billion for injuries caused by falls. This led a team of Melbourne innovators to develop a sensor system that has the ability to predict falls in the elderly before they occur and also made them win the inaugural Janssen HaTCH challenge and was awarded a $100,000 grant.

"Footprints" Sensors Predicting Falls

The system which is known as “FOOTPR INTS ” is attached to a walking frame that will continuously monitor a senior’s walking quality and inform doctors when interventions are required. This device can not only help to prevent falls but also reduce costly hospitalisations. Footprints can help reduce the healthcare costs by preventing falls. The device may also improve the quality of life of Australian seniors and could allow them to remain independent for longer.

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