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Launched in 2020, the main objective of the IBERUS project is to create a new strategy for network cooperation in research, development and innovation in the healthcare sector.

The project, led by the Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV), has also benefited from the participation of three other Spanish technology centers: CTIC, which specializes in cutting-edge technologies and Artificial Intelligence, ITCL, a benchmark center in Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, electronic design and embedded systems applied to digital healthcare, and TEKNIKER, which specializes in Advanced Manufacturing, Surface Engineering, Product Engineering and ICTs.

The aim of this project is to strengthen the scientific and technological excellence of the cluster at both the national and international level, as well as its capabilities and assets in the field of BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, thus reinforcing and encouraging the processes by which knowledge is transferred to the Spanish industrial fabric.

 

NedAMHPlus/IBV is a software application designed by the Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV) to help the clinician to carry out an objective analysis of gait in a simple, fast and - of paramount importance - easily interpretable way, given that it focuses on detecting and quantifying the primary dynamic and kinematic deficits thereof. The following clinical case allows us to demonstrate the usefulness of this application in the process of interpreting the results obtained through this test and making therapeutic decisions based on those results.

 

Three types of therapeutic aids are available for the sensorimotor rehabilitation of the hand: physical therapy, electrophysical modalities and orthoses. A systematic review of the effects of electrophysical therapies has been developed to provide an integrated overview support evidence-based therapeutic decision-making.

 

Thursday, 23 September 2021 11:51

FallSkip: contributions to the clinical field

In 2017, in line with its philosophy of promoting and transferring knowledge and technology, the Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV) developed FallSkip/IBV, a fall risk assessment application. This tool meets an explicit public healthcare demand, due to the high prevalence of falls among elderly people and the associated costs. FallSkip allows users to carry out, in just under two minutes, a complete assessment test and to obtain results on gait, balance, sitting and standing and reaction time, as well as an instantaneous final fall risk index. Its validity and reliability have been proved within diverse clinical contexts, including patients with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson's disease.

The objectivity of the results it provides, as well as its versatility and agility, make FallSkip a very useful tool in several types of care processes, where the quality of the care is primordial, not to mention efficiency and speed. Other current clinical uses include its use in programs for the prevention of falls in the elderly population in Primary Care, or in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services, at both the care and research levels. Regarding the latter, the doctors involved highlight its simplicity, objectivity and its usefulness during the objectification of functional evolution and the design of specific treatments.

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