Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare. Second International ICST Conference, MobiHealth 2011, Kos Island, Greece, October 5-7, 2011. Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Phone Based Fall Risk Prediction

Download
366 downloads
  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-29734-2_19,
        author={V\~{a}nia Guimar\"{a}es and Pedro Teixeira and Miguel Monteiro and Dirk Elias},
        title={Phone Based Fall Risk Prediction},
        proceedings={Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare. Second International ICST Conference, MobiHealth 2011, Kos Island, Greece, October 5-7, 2011. Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={MOBIHEALTH},
        year={2012},
        month={10},
        keywords={Fall Prevention Fall Risk Prediction Inertial Sensors Older people Gait analysis Smartphone},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-29734-2_19}
    }
    
  • Vânia Guimarães
    Pedro Teixeira
    Miguel Monteiro
    Dirk Elias
    Year: 2012
    Phone Based Fall Risk Prediction
    MOBIHEALTH
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-29734-2_19
Vânia Guimarães1,*, Pedro Teixeira1,*, Miguel Monteiro2,*, Dirk Elias1,*
  • 1: Fraunhofer AICOS Portugal
  • 2: Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
*Contact email: vania.guimaraes@fraunhofer.pt, pedro.teixeira@fraunhofer.pt, apm@fe.up.pt, dirk.elias@fraunhofer.pt

Abstract

Falls are a major health risk that diminishes the quality of life among older people and increases the health services cost. Reliable and earlier prediction of an increased fall risk is essential to improve its prevention, aiming to avoid the occurrence of falls. In this paper, we propose the use of mobile phones as a platform for developing a fall prediction system by running an inertial sensor based fall prediction algorithm. Experimental results of the system, which we still consider as work in progress, are encouraging making us optimistic regarding the feasibility of a reliable phone-based fall predictor, which can be of great value for older persons and society.