Three
IUPUI
researchers
have
launched
Health
Smart
Technologies
Inc.
to
commercialize
technology
that
quanitifies
pressure
used
during
manual
therapy
to
treat
soft-tissue
injuries.

INDIANAPOLIS

Physical
and
occupational
therapists,
athletic
trainers,
chiropractors,
veterinarians,
and
other
medical
professionals
could
improve
the
outcomes
of
manual
therapy
to
treat
soft-tissue
injuries
by
using
patent-pending,
handheld
instruments
being
developed
by
IUPUI
entrepreneurs.

Health
Smart
Technologies
Inc.,
a
medical
device
startup,
is
developing
a
force-sensing
instrument
system
called
Quantifiable
Soft
Tissue
Manipulation,
or
QSTM,
that
can
quantify
the
forces
applied
during
manual
therapy.
A
metal
tip
on
each
device
transmits
the
applied
forces
to
a
3D
load
cell
that
sends
measured
force
signals
to
a
microprocessor.
The
microprocessor
computes
the
pressure,
angle,
duration
and
stroke
frequency
of
the
tool
during
targeted
soft-tissue
manipulation.
The
information
can
be
displayed
on
a
laptop
computer
or
a
tablet
for
real-time
monitoring
and
recording
of
relevant
data.

Terry
Loghmani,
an
associate
professor
in
the School
of
Health
and
Rehabilitation
Sciences
 at
IUPUI,
is
president
of
Health
Smart
Technologies.
She
said
there
are
currently
no
clinical
methods
to
quantify
the
force
and
motion
variables
used
in
soft-tissue
manipulation,
such
as
therapeutic
massage.
This
can
lead
to
variable
and
inconsistent
application
within
and
between
clinicians.

“This
is
a
problem
because
the
results
of
soft-tissue
manipulation
are
dependent
on
pressure,”
she
said.
“My
colleagues
and
I
have
conducted
interviews
and
surveys
with
medical
professionals
around
the
country,
and
the
results
show
a
clear
need
for
this
kind
of
technology.”

Loghmani
said Quantifiable
Soft
Tissue
Manipulation integrates
an
accelerometer,
force
sensors,
a
gyroscope
and
software
to
compute
the
force
and
motion
parameters.

“It
accurately
measures
the
force,
orientation
and
angle
of
pressure
delivered
to
the
intact
surface
of
a
patient’s
skin
during
soft-tissue
manipulation
treatment
used
as
a
noninvasive
and
nonpharmacological
approach
to
musculoskeletal
injuries,”
she
said.

Sohel
Anwar
and
Stanley
Chien
of
the Purdue
School
of
Engineering
and
Technology
at
IUPUI
 co-founded
Health
Smart
Technologies
with
Loghmani.
Anwar
is
an
associate
professor
of
mechanical
engineering,
and
Chien
is
a
professor
of
electrical
and
computer
engineering.
The
startup
licensed Quantifiable
Soft
Tissue
Manipulation
from
the Indiana
University
Innovation
and
Commercialization
Office
,
which
protects,
markets
and
licenses
intellectual
property
developed
at
Indiana
University
so
it
can
be
commercialized
by
industry.

Loghmani
said
Health
Smart
Technologies
will
create
prototypes
of the
instrument
system
for
beta
testing.
The
company
will
also
conduct
soft-tissue
manipulation
trials
to
determine
the
best
parameters
to
treat
specific
clinical
conditions,
like
low
back
pain.

“Along
with
developing
QSTM,
we
will
look
to
secure
industry
partnerships
or
sublicensees,”
she
said.
“We
will
also
pursue
local
and
federal
grants.”

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