Movendo, Maragal Medical Team Up to Predict Older Adults’ Fall Risk


December 27, 2021

Movendo Technology, which develops and commercializes robotic and digital rehabilitation solutions, has announced a partnership with Maragal Medical to integrate its robotic system Hunova into a fall prevention screening for older patients. The Hunova is a programmable robotic medical device that can deliver more than 200 evaluations and exercises for postural control, stretching, muscle strengthening, balance, core stability and proprioception.

“Maragal Medical is thrilled to announce that we will be offering complimentary fall prevention screenings at our clinic starting in January 2022,” said Dr. Timothy Gallagher, CEO of Maragal Medical. “Falls among older adults, particularly those over the age of 65 and on Medicare, are a leading cause of unintentional injuries, traumatic hospital admissions, and injury-related deaths. Even minor falls can trigger a fear of falling in older persons, leading them to limit their activity and lose their strength and independence.”

The company said every year, one out of every four adults aged over 65 reported at least one fall, leading to 9 million fall-related injuries, often resulting in hospitalization, trauma, or even death. The company said 95% of all hip fractures are caused by falling, with three out of four being women.

The robot’s Silver Index simulates the static and dynamic “perturbative” elements at the origin of falls in a controlled way, highlighting the specific deficiency of the person and providing personalized rehabilitative intervention. The company said the evaluation is progressive, thanks to the use of artificial intelligence with its machine learning algorithms, along with biomechanical and clinical parameters to obtain the most accurate prediction.

“Over the past two years, utilizing our cutting-edge Hunova robotics technology, we have seen firsthand how objective evaluations and individualized rehabilitation protocols aid our patients in improving flexibility, strength and balance,” said Dr. Michael Marciello, medical director of Maragal Medical. “We are confident that by implementing a formal fall prevention program at our medical clinic, utilizing Hunova’s Silver Index assessment protocol, we will be able to give back to our local community and prevent falls.”

For more details on the company’s robotic system, visit the Movendo website here.

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