EFIMoves: Diagnostik und Therapie in Bewegung

One of the greatest deficits in the health care system is the lack of objective and individualized performance measurement of medical diagnostic and therapeutic intervention procedures in the areas of primary prevention, screening and disease treatment. Recent technology advancements in sensor-based motion analysis are focused on mobile diagnostic procedures that make the cost-effective and individualized evaluation criteria of movement and activity in the day-to-day life measurable and ascertainable. The “DRG system” used in German hospitals for performance measurements redeem diagnostic and therapeutic procedures regardless of its medical success. The immediate and sustainable impact of the intervention is not considered in the financial evaluation. To this effect, there exists no cross-sector and objective monitoring system for the obtainable therapeutic improvement of movement disorder or for the influence on our patient´s life quality.

The focus of our EFI project “EFIMoves” lies on the development and validation of modern and multimodal medical engineering diagnostic procedures. The goal is conducting a qualitative and quantitative acquisition of movement disorders to gain sustainable comparable data for therapeutic treatment procedures. Every motion sequence can be registered in a cost-effective, simple and individualized manner via the mobile and integrated sensor-based movement analysis. The sensor-based movement analysis is built on the latest diagnostic approaches of MRI based imaging and biomechanical analysis procedure.

This concept is transferable to all movement disorders; the current project will primarily examine the following movement disorders as proof-of-principle:

  • neuronal movement disorders (e.g. Parkinson’s disease)
  • musculoskeletal movement disorders (e.g. osteoarthritis)