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.
Falls in older adults are a significant public health issue. Interventions have been developed and proven effective to reduce falls in older adults, but these programs typically last several months and can be resource intensive. Virtual rehabilitation technologies may offer a solution to bring these programs to scale.
September 23 marks the first day of fall and is appropriately labeled as National Fall Prevention Awareness Day, designed to bring awareness to one of the most preventable public health problems. According to the CDC, over 2.5 million adults 65 and over are treated in emergency departments annually for fall-related injuries. Twenty to 30 percent of these patients will suffer severe injuries, the most common being traumatic brain injuries, making it difficult to get around or live independently and increasing the risk of early death.