Barron Associates Awarded NIH Grant to Develop Hospital Patient Mobility Tracker

Hospitalization and prolonged immobilization often lead to the functional decline of vulnerable older persons. Bed rest and inactivity accelerate the functional changes that are part of normal aging; the link between inactivity and adverse outcomes is increasingly appreciated by medical professionals, and the mobilization of patients is a critical aspect of patient care.

The Barron Associates Patient/Resident Mobility Tracker (PREEMPT) will provide an effective, accurate, noninvasive, and practicable method for automatically documenting patient mobility, providing the desired activity and body posture information that is relevant in both hospital and senior care settings.