The Berlin company Lindera will use the 6 million euros in funding to help secure international growth and expand the use of artificial intelligence in the healthcare sector.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT
Studies show that the Lindera SturzApp sustainably reduces the risk of falling in older people by up to 20% and frees up time and resources for the nursing staff.
The app is currently in use in more than 350 care facilities and therapy centers across Germany.
ON THE RECORD
Diana Heinrichs, Founder and CEO of Lindera, explained how the technology works MobiHealthNews. “Using the simple, monocular camera that can be found on every smartphone or tablet, we generate gait parameters that are accurate to the millimeter and validate them scientifically at the highest level.
“At the beginning we started with our mobility analysis in geriatric care and developed our health application from practice. Nurses use their smartphone and the Lindera app to record a 30 to 40-second video of a person’s walk and answer a psychosocial questionnaire with the patient. Based on these inputs, the AI technology determines the person’s exact risk of falling. On average, the analysis takes about ten minutes. “
Data from the current use of the app in German care facilities show an encouraging effect. “In cooperation with Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin and AOK Baden-Württemberg, we tested our SturzApp for 22 months in 16 inpatient care facilities and have just published the results,” says Heinrichs.
“The app reduced the risk of falling by almost 20%, improved walking speed and significantly reduced the seniors’ fear of falling. Of these, 43% were dementia patients and 76% using aids such as walking frames. The senior citizens’ motivation has also increased: 92% of them have started to improve their health in these existing structures. “
As for Lindera next, she says the company “is currently working on applications for clinics and therapists. Lindera Apps will soon be used in physiotherapy and physical rehabilitation as well as in orthopedics and neurology, especially in the areas of back therapy and everything to do with the musculoskeletal system.
“This is because our 3D AI movement analyzes can be used flexibly. We want to support professionals, patients and private users in the most varied of phases and situations in life to promote mobility as effectively as possible, to enjoy movement and to achieve their goal potential, “concludes Heinrichs.