Activity Monitoring and Motivation Tool for Healthcare Environments
SENS motion® – For Healthcare increases physical activity for admitted patients
- Motivates the patient by visualizing goals and expectations on a tablet next to the bed
- Provides an data-based overview of the patient’s physical activity for the healthcare professional
- Improved dialog about physical activity between the healthcare professional, the patient, and relatives
- Increased compliance and data-driven management
Motivational visual feedback from the app increases the patient’s self-activation.
- Motivates the patient to be more active by using elements of gamification and nudging
- The patient walks a visual tour through Copenhagen visiting various attractions
- The patient can continuously track her/his own progress, goals, and expectations
- The patient and healthcare professional can access more information using a detailed history view to facilitate dialog and follow up.
How to use SENS motion® – For Healthcare
1. A discrete sensor patch is placed on the thigh of the patient at admission.
2. The sensor measures physical activity and the daily rhythm of the patient
3. The patient can track her progress and goals using a tablet placed by the bed.
Bispebjerg Hospital: Increased out-of-bed time of hospitalized patients
Bispebjerg Hospital have in a recent study increased time out of bed for elderly hospitalised patients by 51 minutes per day using SENS motion developed by the Danish start-up SENS Innovation.
Many patients are inactive 18-20 hours a day in the hospital bed, and body functions decline rapidly during hospitalisation. Therefore, rehabilitation while hospitalised is crucial to avoid loss of independency, decline of quality of life and re-hospitalisation.
Project supported by the Association of Danish Physiotherapists, RegionH VihTek, Bispebjerg Hospital – Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy and SENS Innovation ApS.
Inactivity in the elderly during hospitalization has negative effects
In Danish hospitals more than 600.000 elderly above the age of 65 are hospitalized each year (3). Elderly medical patients in acute hospitalization spend on average 70-90 % of the time in bed and spend only 3-5% of the time either standing or walking (2).
Research has shown that even a short period of inactivity leads to reduction in physical fitness and muscle mass (4). Compared to younger patients elderly patiens have a reduced ability to recover due to inactivity (5). The consequences of inactivity affect the patient’s ability to be self reliant in activities of daily living (ADL) as well as a degrading quality of life (6). Physical inactivity is a factor that prolongs the disease and rehabilitation period (8) leading to admission or readmission (7).
100 steps a day reduces the risk of readmission by 10%
Physical activity during hospitalization is associated with a reduced risk of readmission within 30 days. With an increase of 100 steps to the daily walking distance for elderly hospitalized patients the risk of readmission is reduced by approximately 10% (9).
(1) 1. 1. Eur J Intern Med. 2019 Nov; 69:50-56
(2) Nina Beyer et al. ”In acutely admitted geriatric patients offering increased physical activity during hospitalization decreases length of stay and can improve mobility” (Nov. 2017)
(3) Statistics Denmark, February 2019
(4) J Appl Physiol 108: 1034 –1040, 2010.5. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2003;51:451–458.
(6) Pedersen, Klarlund B, 2015.
(7) J Am Geriatr Soc. 2004;52:1263–1270.
(8) Lancet 2009;373:1874– 1882, J Nutr Health Aging. 2016;20:738–751.
(9) Arch Phys Med Rehabil. September 2016 (Steve R. Fisher et al.)