What are the unmet clinical needs that should be addressed in order to promote
healthy independent living? Are there technologies that could be applied currently and in the near future to meet these needs? How would development and adoption of appropriate technologies for healthy independent living affect health care?
Some of the nation’s technology experts met with clinical researchers and patient advocates to discuss answers to those questions during a recent workshop held at NIH. The “Workshop on Personal Motion Technologies for Healthy Independent Living” was co-sponsored by NIA, NIBIB, NICHD/NCMRR and NINDS.
“The panel presentations and discussions at the workshop encompass some of the most important and dramatic challenges and opportunities for health care, especially for the aging population,” said Dr. Marie Bernard, deputy director of NIA. “This workshop focused on a vital area of technology development, which is expected to have a major impact on health care delivery,” said Dr. Roderic Pettigrew,
director of NIBIB.
Presentations focused on defining clinical needs and potential technology solutions
in areas including detecting personal motions and behaviors as early indicators
of disease or adverse event onset; coping with impairment—effort expenditure,
stability, range of motion; managing mild cognitive impairment; and rehabilitation and exercise in the home.
A videocast archive of the workshop is available at www.videocast.nih.gov.