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1. (WO2018087286) METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR HANDGRIP STRENGTH ASSESSMENT USING PRESSURE-SENSITIVE ELEMENTS

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/087286    International Application No.:    PCT/EP2017/078885
Publication Date: Fri May 18 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Sat Nov 11 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: G16H 40/63
G16H 50/20
Applicants: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
Inventors: PARVANEH, Saman
MILOSEVIC, Mladen
Title: METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR HANDGRIP STRENGTH ASSESSMENT USING PRESSURE-SENSITIVE ELEMENTS
Abstract:
The described embodiments relate to computing devices (102, 202) capable of assessing handgrip strength, and using data collected during a handgrip strength assessment to assist a user or medical provider. The computing device can include an array of pressure sensitive elements (204) to determine a force of pressure applied at different locations (114) on the computing device. The pressure of the handgrip (108) can be monitored for a time period in order to determine metrics such as average strength of the grip over time and decay in strength of the grip over time. Such metrics can be tracked over a multiple handgrip strength assessments in order to track how the metrics change over time. The computing device can communicate with electronic healthcare systems (216, 226, 232), such as electronic medical records (230), in order that hospitals and other medical providers can access and analyze the data in order to find clinical pathways to treat related medical conditions.