The OSU Spine Research Institute is a pioneer in adapting a variety of innovative technologies into the medical market. They run the worlds largest motion capture facility of it's kind and have created a variety of highly sensitive monitoring devices. Their goal is to find better ways to understand, categorize, and assist in treating spine and neck injuries. They worked with Switchbox to assist them with developing a best in class software application to process medical data.
Switchbox assisted in the development and testing of a medical solution that uses wearable sensors to assess cervical spine motions and provide metrics of neck health.
A wearable device prototype was developed and tested for accuracy, reliability and usability. Features that allow users to capture and use additional pertinent meta-data through digital forms or questionnaires were also integrated. In addition, mounting platform prototypes were designed to ensure quick and reliable sensor placement, enable rapid placement on human subjects of varying heights and body shapes, and are light, comfortable, flexible, easy to clean, easy to use, and easily adaptable for scalable manufacturing in the near future.
The prototype can capture, store, analyze, and intuitively present cervical spine motion data to assist health care professionals in providing a treatment plan. Advanced reporting was built based on the metrics provided by the wearable technology created. Doctors and other medical staff were interviewed to determine the best way to capture and analyze this data.
The final solution used a custom IoT device to collect advanced motion, a Windows PC application to interface with the device and pull data, a custom cloud based API to allow the PCs to upload data, a cloud based data processing engine to analyze and sort data, and a custom web application to allow users to authenticate, manage patients, and view reports and charts.