Large-scale Rehabilitation Center Sensing

Building on our Berkley East project, The Center for SMART Health has extended its smart sensing infrastructure to one of the largest physical medicine and rehabilitation hospitals on the West Coast. A partnership of Cedars-Sinai, UCLA Health, and Select Medical the California Rehabilitation Institute provides advanced acute inpatient care to patients recovering from a stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, orthopedic injury, neuromuscular illness, cancer, and other medical conditions. We are using deployed sensors throughout this facility to examine the correlation between remote monitoring sensor measurements vs. physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), and nursing evaluations, particularly in regards to discharge outcomes.

Berkeley: Sensing in Rehabilitation Centers

The Center for SMART Health developed a low-cost (<$300) and easy-to-install integrated “smart system” to remotely assess elderly patients during inpatient rehabilitation. This system was Implemented and deployed at Berkley East Convalescent Hospital, in a >100 inpatient rehabilitation setting for short-term stays (e.g., up to three weeks) post-hospital admission for surgery or other medical care. We have deployed sensors throughout the entire building to automatically collect and monitor data from patients as they move around the facility, allowing for the creation of new algorithms for early prediction of rehabilitation success/failure resulting in more efficient triage of individuals who may qualify for earlier discharge or require more attention and intensive care.

Helping the Elderly Regain Independence

The Center for SMART Health is harnessing a wide range of wearable technologies to provide sophisticated, continuous physical activity tracking methods and objective assessment, while still being unobtrusive and easy to use in daily activities. Our Sensing in At-Risk Populations (SARP) is enabling healthcare providers to gain a detailed understanding of an individual’s functional, mental, and psychological well-being, particularly among frail patients with serious illnesses or high-risk comorbidities. Combining wearable and environmental sensors, wireless devices, and a HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based analytic engine, SARP provides real-time display of a user’s status over time, providing healthcare providers and caregivers a daily storyline. SARP’s algorithms provide for early prediction of rehabilitation failure or success, enabling staff to efficiently triage, admit, and discharge patients.