An mHealth Tool Suite for Mobility Assessment
AbstractThe assessment of mobility and functional impairments in the elderly is important for early detection and prevention of fall conditions. Falls create serious threats to health by causing disabling fractures that reduce independence in the elderly. Moreover, they exert heavy economic burdens on society due to high treatment costs. Modern smartphones enable the development of innovative mobile health (mHealth) applications by integrating a growing number of inertial and environmental sensors along with the ever-increasing data processing and communication capabilities. Mobility assessment is one of the promising mHealth application domains. In this paper, we introduce a suite of smartphone applications for assessing mobility in the elderly population. The suite currently includes smartphone applications that automate and quantify the following standardized medical tests for assessing mobility: Timed Up and Go (TUG), 30-Second Chair Stand Test (30SCS), and 4-Stage Balance Test (4SBT). For each application, we describe its functionality and a list of parameters extracted by processing signals from smartphone’s inertial sensors. The paper shows the results from studies conducted on geriatric patients for TUG tests and from experiments conducted in the laboratory on healthy subjects for 30SCS and 4SBT tests. View Full-Text
Share & Cite This Article
Madhushri, P.; Dzhagaryan, A.; Jovanov, E.; Milenkovic, A. An mHealth Tool Suite for Mobility Assessment. Information 2016, 7, 47.
Madhushri P, Dzhagaryan A, Jovanov E, Milenkovic A. An mHealth Tool Suite for Mobility Assessment. Information. 2016; 7(3):47.Chicago/Turabian Style
Madhushri, Priyanka; Dzhagaryan, Armen; Jovanov, Emil; Milenkovic, Aleksandar. 2016. "An mHealth Tool Suite for Mobility Assessment." Information 7, no. 3: 47.
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.