SAN DIEGO, CA– (September 20, 2016) – Reflexion Health today announced the successful outcome of a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Injury Prevention and Control 1 to validate a new program called “Stand Tall.” This program leverages 3-D sensor technologies to help seniors improve their balance, thus decreasing their risk of falling. SBIR grants are highly competitive and are intended to stimulate technological exploration and commercialization in small businesses.
As part of Reflexion Health’s Stand Tall initiative, VERA®, a virtual exercise rehabilitation assistant, delivers evidence-based exercise programs to improve strength, balance and engagement in older adults in order to prevent falls. According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), one in three Americans aged 65+ falls each year and every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall.
Launched at the Gary and Mary West Senior Center in San Diego, Calif. and Fearrington Cares, in Pittsboro, N.C., Stand Tall is a virtual translation of the clinically proven Otago Exercise Program, which has demonstrated a reduction in the risk of falling in high-risk seniors by 35 percent.
“Stand Tall’s unique ability to combine VERA’s disruptive technology and evidence-based protocols to enable seniors to independently improve their strength and balance highlights our company’s commitment to transforming traditional medicine and improving outcomes,” said Joe Smith, MD, CEO of Reflexion Health. “We are excited to use this data from our phase I and II SBIR grant to further Stand Tall’s commercialization efforts and significantly reduce the risk of falls in seniors around the world.”
Tiffany Shubert, PhD, PT and co-lead of the Stand Tall study commented, “With September 22 marking the 9th Annual National Fall Prevention Awareness day, I am thrilled to bring awareness and more importantly, solutions, to one of our most expensive and preventable public health issues.”
1 This research was supported by Grant Numbers 1-R43-CE002343-01, 2-R44-CE002343-02, and 5-R44-CE002343-03 funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.