Discover the achievements of the NPA projects
Seven years of cooperation between people, communities, and organisations across thousands of kilometres made a difference in the Northern Periphery and Arctic regions.
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Increasing remote rehabilitation options
Wearable sensors connect elderly people with physiotherapists
Rapidly developing technology has brought new possibilities for healthcare delivery. In remote areas, wearable technology, and sensors, can decrease the need for hospital visits, provide safer, more efficient, and cost-effective care, and support elderly peoples´ independent living. Karelia University of Applied Sciences has tested the usability of two sensors – smart shoe insoles and G-walk wearable sensor belt. When testing the sensors in their everyday life, some rehabilitees reported that the results encouraged them to do more exercise. The project prepared a practical Guide for rehabilitation staff and organisations to show which aspects must be considered when starting a remote rehabilitation process. From January 2022, Karelia University of Applied Sciences has opened a 30-credit module course entitled „Remote Therapy Expert“ (linked content in Finnish) for all rehabilitation professionals.
Photo credit and copyright: SENDoc project
Ritva MönkkönenTherapy Services Manager, Siun Sote
The partnership has been fruitful and increased the co-operation between Siun Sote and Karelia UAS. The report increased our knowledge and interest towards wearable sensors and similar equipment in the market, or under development. We gathered research data from wearable sensors to examine accuracy and gained experience in different systems, applications, and their usability in practice. Wearable sensor systems are a little away from deployment in therapists every-day work but going towards it.