Smart self-assessment of muscle fatigability.

System to monitor, in free, living conditions related with self-perceived and muscle fatigability as an dynamic marker of an older person’s physical reserve capacity and resilience

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Fatigability in Outcomes to monitor Resilience Targets in Older persons

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in the next 30 years, the world’s population aged 60+ years is projected to double from 1 billion in 2020 to nearly 2.1 billion in 2050; although the benefits of a longer life span are indisputable, it is of utmost importance that these are experienced with as much good health, functionality, and quality of life as possible. Loss of intrinsic capacity is a common health condition associated with aging, which leads older adults to require significant help from others, and the rapid increase in population with functional decline introduces significant pressure on current social and healthcare structures, due to the escalating costs and demand for their services.

Our consortium is developing an integrated platform, composed of hardware, software, and data analytics, to assess intrinsic capacity and its changes in daily life. We also develop its related clinical pathways and business models for use in daily practice where we foresee 3 different pathways for:

  1. independent use as an early warning system for the functional decline
  2. professional guided use for early detection of functional decline related to chronic diseases
  3. professional guided use to monitor and optimize recovery after interventions like hip surgery

What’s our goal?

FORTO aims at developing a user-friendly device and supporting system for self-assessment of muscle fatigability in older persons. Early changes in health are difficult to assess as measurements that currently exist are insufficiently sensitive for changes. eforto® allows to identify small changes in intrinsic reserves. eforto® can be used for a variety of applications like acting as an early warning system for deterioration of the general health status long BEFORE it can be detected by other methods. eforto® can also be applied to monitor and detect delayed recovery in older patients when dismissed from the hospital (e.g. after acute infection or fracture).

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Milestones & Achievements

eforto® will allow self-assessment of self-perceived and muscle fatigability by measuring the maximum force older persons can apply and sustain until their handgrip strength drops to 50% of its maximum