June 30th to July 4th this summer the ISPGR World Congress 2019 took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, and our superhero team was present hosting a pre-conference workshop titled: Assessing real world mobility: are we ready for the digital revolution?
The goal of the workshop was to provide the audience with an overview of the Mobilise-D project. We reviewed the state of the art of current mobility assessment tools across a range of disease populations to show where we are now. In addition, we reflected upon what the challenges and opportunities are of making mobility assessment digital, as well as measuring it in the real world.
Lynn Rochester (University of Newcastle) kicked off the ball with a brief introduction to the need for optimizing mobility assessment tools and the use of wearable technology to enhance mobility assessment. Following Lynn, Anat Mirelman (Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center) and Jorunn Helbostad (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) presented the state of the arte of mobility assessment in Parkinson’s disease and hip fracture recovery, respectively.
Claudia Mazza (University of Sheffield) presented the key challenges of validating digital assessment tools for use in the real world, and Brian Caulfield (University College Dublin) followed by addressing the advantages and challenges of “big-data” in the context of continuous home monitoring. Finally, Beatrix Vereijken (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) addressed how we can ensure that different groups of stakeholders, and especially patients, will be willing and able to use our digital solution in daily life. To top the workshop off, there was a good discussion with the audience about the different topics presented and the Mobilise-D project itself, during which many good questions and valuable insights emerged.