KMZU’s Sandi Wilson spoke with Marjorie Skubic, Professor of Computer and Electrical Engineering at the University of Missouri about their research in using a new system comprised of sensors to monitor a person’s health at home.

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Professor Skubic says these sensors capture a lot of information that can help prevent unnecessary hospitalizations for older adults.

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The sensor system can help sync health information between homes and hospitals. The user never has to wear any sensors: they are all mounted within the home.

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Researchers at the University of Missouri College of Engineering have been experimenting with a new type of technology for the past decade to help older adults. It’s a new sensor system that monitors one’s health and syncs information between hospitals and homes.

According to Professor of Computer and Electrical Engineering, Marjorie Skubic, these sensors capture a wealth of information and sends it to doctors. The sensors are mounted within the residence and are never worn. The user never has to do anything do the system.

The sensors have the technology to detect if a person has a fall and call for emergency medical personnel. Also, they gather information about how the person fell, and what can be done to help prevent it from happening again.

All health information gathered is backed up to a server so if the system were to ever crash or fail the information is protected from deletion.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation estimates that the U.S. spends $31 billion annually for preventable hospitalizations among adults. Professor Skubic says many hospitalizations could be avoided through better integration and coordination of medical care.