February 13, 2015 Preliminary Results Find Digital Health Solution Most Accurate in Assessing Function in Veterans Who Utilize Lower Limb Prosthetics
Washington, D.C. February 13, 2015 – Modus Health, a digital health company focused on providing accurate and actionable physical activity data and analytics to inform clinical decision making, improve efficiency for payors, and optimize outcomes for patients, announced today promising initial study findings which could have a profound effect on the delivery of prosthetic devices and services in the military, veteran and civilian sectors.
Preliminary findings from a clinical study led by Dr. Bradeigh Godfrey, principal investigator at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Salt Lake City, indicate that the Modus StepWatch™ activity monitor, applied in conjunction with the Modus Trex™ O&P functional level algorithm, was the most accurate method for determining the functional level of veterans who rely on lower limb prosthetic devices. The Modus algorithm had the highest correlation to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ K-level system relative to the six-minute walk test, Amputee Mobility Predictor with Prosthesis, and daily steps.
The Modus functional level algorithm, based on real –world walking quantity and intensity, is preferable to relying solely on clinic-based functional level determinations. In this study, clinic-based functional level determinations relied on patient self-report of activity, physical examination, observation of gait, and clinical judgment. However, patient self-report was demonstrated to be highly subjective. Clinical capacity tests like the six-minute walking test are objective but provide only a snapshot of a patient’s walking function and do not include day-to-day variability or the influence of life-style decisions on actual function. The results of this study further support the use of the Modus Trex™ O&P functional level algorithm as a real-world objective measure of functional levels in lower limb prosthesis users.
Initial study findings follow:
Preliminary data on the accuracy of the Modus algorithm for functional level will be presented at the 2015 Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX, March 10-14. The title of the poster is “Evaluation of Objective Methods for Determining Functional Classification Level (K- level) in Transtibial Amputees”. Although data is on-going, the current results with 12 subjects demonstrated statistically significant correlations between objective functional measures and the criterion functional K-levels: Modus algorithm r=0.95, 6-Minute Walk Test r=0.86, and Amputee Mobility Predictor with Prosthesis r=0.91. These results further support the accuracy of the Modus algorithm as a real-world objective measure of functional levels in lower limb prosthetic users.
“The O&P industry’s shift to data-driven outcomes is long overdue,” commented Doug McCormack, CEO of Modus Health, LLC. “ The Veterans Health Administration has shown leadership by incorporating the use of outcomes monitoring devices into clinical care. The Salt Lake City VA research results will do much to reaffirm the potential to utilize objective outcomes data to improve the quality of care for veterans and all persons who rely on lower limb prosthetics technology.”
About modus health modus health’s mission is to provide accurate and actionable physical activity data and analytics to inform clinical decision making, improve efficiency for payers, and optimize outcomes for patients. We focus on patient segments with slow or irregular gait, in which our StepWatch™ technology is uniquely accurate in measuring physical activity. For more information visit modushealth.com