Digital Box and Block Test

Technology is changing the scope and quality of healthcare through applications such as telemedicine and home health technology by offering a cost-effective and accessible means to manage chronic disease. People are increasingly taking a proactive role in monitoring and maintaining their health, e.g., monitoring blood pressure to prevent stroke, or measuring blood sugar levels to regulate diabetes. One of the most pressing health issues we face today is stroke. Statistics from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. While more and more stroke rehabilitation therapy are conducted in patient’s home, care providers still requires patients to visit the clinic to perform the clinical assessments.

We investigate a computational tool – the Digital Box and Block Test (DBBT) – that can help medical professionals record and assess rehabilitation progress of stroke patients with easy setup. Embedding this technology in the residential spaces could also help patients to relearn and recall how to use their arms, hands and fingers. With the system, care providers would be able to more precisely detect, track, and monitor patient’s post-stroke functional motor improvements remotely.

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