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angle-left "Smart soles" in shoes to help patients recover from a broken hip

RI-MUHC team receives a $648,239 grant for their eHealth innovative project

Mar 3, 2016

Hip fractures are one of the most common injuries sustained by the elderly population following a fall. This often results in a number of complications, and many patients never fully recover. A team from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) led by clinician scientist Dr. Suzanne Morin, in partnership with Greybox Solutions Inc., decided to tackle this problem by developing a rehabilitation and e-learning program using a "smart" shoe sole which connects to a tablet to provide remote monitoring and coaching. This technology will guide patients healing from hip fractures and their families through the recovery period at home.

Their project, called HIP@HOME, is one of 22 innovative eHealth projects from across the country supporting mental health and youth and seniors with complex care needs which received a total of $13.8M from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) eHealth Innovation Partnership Program (eHIPP). The funding was announced today by the Minister of Health, Jane Philpott, and the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains. Read more