Project 1: Evaluation of a test system to measure safe force thresholds on delicate tissue
2019 – 2021
Project goal: Able Innovations is creating novel, zero-effort technology that eliminates the need for human involvement in transfers of individuals with restricted mobility. Existing technologies used for transfers such as bed to bed or bed to chair require significant physical labour by clinical staff to move the patient into and out of the lift systems. The result is frequent and significant injuries to the staff and time off work. The current systems are also undignified for the patient being transferred. Existing lift technology can also cause injury to the patient because of the forces applied during the transfer especially for patients with delicate skin which can commonly occur through natural aging. Able Innovations has been collaborating with Carleton University to develop a “skin” force sensor that can measure the normal and shear forces applied by lift systems. This work has results in a lab bench sensor design and initial evaluation results showing it potential. In this project, the sensor will be evaluated in a research facility in a hospital to test existing lift systems and the novel Able Innovation systems. The goal of the work is to evaluate the performance of the sensor within the lift application and then to specifically assess the forces applied by existing lifts and the Able Innovation lift with a goal to ensure that the Able Innovations system operates within a safe range.
PI: Bruce Wallace
Students: Steven Cramp
Other Funding: AGE-WELL SIP and MITACS Accelerate
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
S. Cramp, B. Wallace, “Dynamic Shear and Normal Forces on Patient Skin in Sling Lift Transfers”, 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications (MeMeA), 2021.
Monday, August 3, 2020
S. Cramp, B. Wallace “Evaluation of the Pressure Applied to a Patients Skin During Patient Transfer”, The 20th IEEE International Conference on BioInformatics And BioEngineering (BIBE), 2020.
Project 2: Able Innovations ALTA Pilot at Bruyère
2021 – 2023
Project goal: Repositioning or transferring patients is a frequent activity in hospitals and often requires more than one healthcare worker. This is a problem because of nursing and other staff shortages. Also, the physical effort involved in patient transfers can lead to worker injuries. Some devices such as transfer boards and lifts can help healthcare staff in repositioning or transferring patients. The proposed research project will assess how these existing devices and a novel technology being introduced by Able Innovations compare with regards to the manpower and time needed to use them and their ability to prevent injuries as well as associated costs. This will be achieved by: 1) direct observation of healthcare workers using these devices, 2) an economic analysis. Because of the aging of the population and healthcare personnel shortages, our project could lead to a more safe and efficient method to transfer patients in the hospital and a reduction of associated costs to the Canadian healthcare system.
PI: Martin Bilodeau, Paula Doering
Students: Amos Buh
Other Funding: AGE-WELL SIP, OBIO
Thursday, October 13, 2022
M. Bilodeau, P. Doering, B. Wallace, H. Sveistrup, A. Hsu, M. Egan, J. Singh, P. Mishra, B. Daly, S. Budhiraja, A. Farajzadeh, D. Jo, M. Goubran, “Implementation of a novel patient transfer device to improve workflow efficiency and safety in the hospital – a pilot study.”, AGE-WELL AGM, 2022.
Project 3: Able Innovations Smart Transport Assist System
Project goal: Able Innovations is creating a novel lateral patient transfer system (ALTA Platform™) that significantly reduces the risk of injury to staff and patient during a bed to gurney or other lateral transfer. This project will focus on a movement assistance system to staff to be able to quickly and efficiently move the ALTA Platform™ system within the hospital between rooms or to position it precisely for a transfer. The project will focus exploration of the motion assistance system design including key questions such as how a staff member controls the system, the need for multiple modes of operation (transport, positioning), adaptive/dynamic assistance level, steering and other directional control and braking assist. A movement system is required as the ALTA Platform™ platform will be significantly heavier than the traditional hospital gurney and it has the potential to be used in novel applications such as repositioning of patients including bariatric patients in bed which will require precision movements. A key goal of the project will be for the movement assist system to be intuitive for staff to use and understand (minimal training) while also being safe for staff and patient.
PI: Bruce Wallace
Students: Bahareh Chimehi
Other Funding: OCI VIP
Saturday, October 14, 2023
B. Wallace, B. Chimehi, A. Laghai, P. Forster, J. Larivière-Chartier, P. Masson, L. Ault, “Able Innovations ALTA Research on New Features”, AGE-WELL AGM, 2023.
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Chimehi, B. “Sensor System to Determine Force and Direction for Push Handles on Patient Transport System”, M.A.Sc. Thesis, Carleton University, 2023.
Friday, March 31, 2023
P. Chang, B. Chimehi, J. Huang, N. Levi, B. Wallace, and R. Wang, ‘Transportation Assistant for Patient Transfer Device’, Provisional US Patent and Trademark Office, #63/456,132, March 31, 2023
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
B. Chimehi, B. Wallace, “Decision Tree Machine Learning to Determine Direction of Steering Force for Hospital Bed Push Handle System”, 2023 IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications (MeMeA), 2023.
Friday, February 24, 2023
B. Chimehi, B. Wallace, “Machine Learning to Determine Handle Force and Direction Using Strain Gauge Measurements”, 2023 IEEE International Instrumentation Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC), 2023.
Thursday, October 13, 2022
B. Chimehi, B. Wallace, “Able Innovations Smart Transport Assist System”, AGE-WELL AGM, 2022
Monday, October 30, 2023
Able Innovations Demonstrates Push Handle System at AGEWELL AGM
Research partner Able Innovations demonstrated the push handle system at the AGEWELL AGM 2023. This is a direct result of the work done by Bahareh Chimehi in her MASc Thesis. So exciting to see the amazing path to commercialization of this work that is only possible through close collaboration between the SAM3 team and...
Friday, October 27, 2023
Jayiesh Singh is the CEO of Able Innovations Inc. that created the Alta Platform.
Jayiesh, the CEO of Able Innovations and our partner for many projects with Able Innovations was interviewed by CBC Metro Morning (CBC Toronto). Hear the interview here....
Sunday, March 19, 2023
Jayiesh Singh presenting the Able Innovation ALTA at envisAGE launch
See this great presentation by Jayiesh Singh CEO of Able Innovations at the recent envisAGE launch. He tells the story of Able Innovations and the ALTA platform including the extensive collaboration with SAM3, Carleton and Bruyère across the years. See our many collaboration projects with Able Innovations. ...
Monday, February 27, 2023
Bruyère Procures Innovative Patient Transfer Technology Developed with Help of Carleton Researcher
Carleton News story on the Able Innovations ALTA purchase by...
Monday, February 27, 2023
Bruyère Procures Innovative Patient Transfer Technology by Able Innovations
The full story including video links is here Research at the bedside has a literal meaning with Able Innovations, a Canadian robotics company focused on patient transfer technology. Today, Bruyère has announced the procurement of Able Innovations’ ALTA Platform™, a robotic patient transfer device akin to a hospital bed, for its complex...
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Innovation at the Bedside with Able Innovations
Link to Bruyère story Our frontline teams make hundreds of lateral transfers each year when helping patients move. Whether it is to move patients between units or appointments, or to facilitate bathing or changes to bedding, these transfers are a routine part of any hospital’s day. Yet, despite their commonality, transfers can pose challenges...
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Congratulations to SAM3 partner company Able Innovations on winning the AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge
Startup developing ‘effortless’ patient-transfer technology wins AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge: Toronto competition Able Innovations, a Toronto startup working on an automated patient-transfer technology, has won the second competition in the three-part AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge. Jayiesh Singh, founder and CEO of Able...
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Congratulations to Able Innovations on being a finalist in the AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge
Able Innovation is a project partner with SAM3. Finalists announced in startup competition that will showcase technology-based solutions for seniors and caregivers Fifteen Canadian startups have been chosen to compete in this year’s AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge, it was announced today. Finalists will be challenged to explain how their...