BodyNotes - Remote Collaboration Applied to Prosthetics
Remote interaction addressing anatomical landmarks and physical objects will be an important component of healthcare. Simply aiming a webcam and pointing to a location is not an effective solution because the receiving party cannot easily provide feedback or identify other important landmarks. BodyNotes is a mobile tool designed to address these issues. During Health and Wellness Innovation 2011, David Sengeh of the Biomechatronics group and Alex Olwal of the Camera Culture group at the MIT Media Lab built a prototype of BodyNotes and applied the technology to the problem of prosthetic socket pain tracking and modification management. Patients can easily track pain related to socket fit over time and then communicate remotely with a prosthetist to efficiently address issues that arise. BodyNotes integrates with CollaboRhythm for extended functionality. This allows BodyNotes to leverage the Indivo X back-end of CollaboRhythm for secure patient data storage and front-end tools for experience sampling, data visualization, and remote collaboration.
BodyNotes is a mobile tool that enhances the interaction between patients and healthcare practitioners. Anna, an amputee, uses BodyNotes to track the pain and comfort she feels throughout the day when wearing her prosthetic limb.
Anna can view visualizations and summaries of her reported pain by location, intensity, time, duration and activity.
This data is also accessible to Anna’s prosthetist.
BodyNotes also allows remote, real-time collaboration.
During their session, Anna uses a photo to indicate the exact points where she feels pain. Since this screen is simultaneously seen by the prosthetist, and the interaction is synchronized, he can show what modifications Anna could do on her own.
BodyNotes enables advanced logging and telemedicine functionality on mainstream mobile phones. It has the potential to improve health care and communication, allowing patients and doctors to better spend their time by reducing the need for office visits.