iMup, is an app under development for iOS devices. It is designed for patients in a hospital setting who need to work towards progressive posture improvements and maintain improved positions for longer amounts of time. iMup works by reading data streamed from a small sensor worn on the user’s body and determining body position based on built in algorithms. Research has shown the more time a patient spends out of a prone position in bed, the shorter their hospital stay. The greater the improvement in position, the more positive the results are to the patient.
This app endeavors to distinguish five major positions: laying, reclining, sitting, standing, and walking. Depending on the patient’s needs and abilities, their posture can be tracked and analyzed. The patient can receive feedback and reminders about the time spent in those five positions.
Because the software distinguishes these five different positions, a therapy program can be tailored to the individual patient, even if reclining in bed at a slight angle is the most upright position they can maintain. The sensor is unobtrusive to wear and can stream data constantly, so a treatment team can observe the app data as desired and mitigate patients’ self-reporting errors.
- Sarah Moninger – Student
- Candra Throckmorton, Ph.D. – Signal Analysis Solutions, LL
- Kevin Caves
- Leighanne Davis
- Juliessa Pavon, MD – Duke University Medical Center, Department of Medicine; Durham VA Geriatrics (GRECC)