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Sensoria and Genesis Rehab team up on intelligent footwear for the elderly

Sensoria and Genesis Rehab Services will work together on products to monitor the daily activity of older adults, accelerate rehab and help with fall prevention.

Sensoria is a world leader in smart garment technologies. Genesis Rehab Services, a subsidiary of Genesis HealthCare, is a leading provider of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, respiratory therapy and wellness services. The collaboration was announced yesterday at the 11th Annual Fall Health 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara.

“Sensoria Health will be developing solutions that help improve aging people’s lives.  We all recognize the need for smart wearable and tele-health solutions that are geared toward the elderly and see the health care vertical as very promising,” said Davide Vigano, Co-Founder and CEO of Sensoria.

“We are thrilled to partner with Genesis Rehab Services, a leader in this industry, to provide the new company guidance and clinical validation to our new healthcare focused solutions.”

Falls are the leading cause of injuries for the elderly and the risk increases with each passing year. It is estimated that over 30% of all people in the US aged 65 and older fall each year, resulting in approximately 9,500 deaths. Sensoria will be using its digitally enhanced footwear to detect and predict fall scenarios. Genesis Rehab Services, on the other hand, will provide clinical validation of the data in rehab and activity monitoring.

“According to the Population Reference Bureau, the number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to more than double from 46 million today to over 98 million by 2060, and the 65-and-older age group’s share of the total population will rise to nearly 24 percent from 15 percent,” Sarah Thomas, head of global innovation for Genesis Rehab Services said.

“GRS is excited to start building with Sensoria a new digital innovation engine to serve the needs of this large and underserved patient population.”

Sensoria has been a pioneer in the smart garment game for runners for a number of years now. Launched back in 2015, its intelligent socks are infused with 100% textile pressure sensors. They connect to a lightweight anklet which wirelessly relays data to the accompanying smartphone app. You then get information in real-time such as your cadence and foot landing technique.

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The Redmond-based startup announced at CES 2017 in January the second generation of its fitness sock. Dubbed as “Sock 2.0”, the upgraded garment improves on the above metrics, and provides actionable information from Sensoria’s AI coach on how to run farther, faster and healthier.

Sensoria Health is expected to be up and running by the start of 2018. Products delivered under the partnership will be co-branded “Sensoria Health powered by Genesis Rehab Services.”

Source: MobiHealthNews

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Ivan Jovin

Ivan has been a tech journalist for over 7 years now, covering all kinds of technology issues. He is the guy who gets to dive deep into the latest wearable tech news.

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