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Hand Assessment and Treatment System (HATS)

Gegenwärtig benutzte Methoden zur Begutachtung der menschlichen Hand, z. B. nach Verletzungen, Erkrankungen oder Operationen der Hand, basieren entweder auf der Anwendung einfacher mechanischer Instrumente zum Messen der Finger- und Handgelenkbeweglichkeiten, Umfänge bei Schwellungen, Finger- und Handkräfte etc. oder auf dem Einsatz sehr teurer elektronischer Handvermessungssysteme aus den USA.

Im HATS-Projekt wird ein Handbegutachtungssystem entwickelt, das die Erhebung, Visualisierung, Analyse, Berichterstellung und Verwaltung von Patienten(hand)daten vereinfacht und beschleunigt.

Das HATS-System zielt insbesondere darauf ab, die für die Handbegutachtung benötigte Zeit zu verringern, die Genauigkeit und Wiederholbarkeit von Messungen zu verbessern, erhobene Daten zu visualisieren und einen Therapieverlauf zu dokumentieren, und das Erstellen von medizinisch-therapeutischen Berichten zu unterstützen.

Es besteht aus drei Hauptkomponenten: einem Satz einfacher elektronischer Handvermessungsgeräte, einem tragbaren Datenerfassungsgerät und einem stationären (vernetzten) PC zur Patientendatenverwaltung.

(Kongreßbeitrag ECRR 1998)



Beginn:

01.01.1997


Abschluss:

31.12.1999


Art:

Gefördertes Projekt


Kostenträger:


Europäische Kommission



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Abstract

Hand Assessment and Treatment System (HATS)

Methods currently being applied for hand assessment after hand injuries or hand surgery are based either on wide-
spread simple mechanical instruments such as mechanical goniometers, plastic rulers, everyday tape measures, vigrometers, volumeters, dynamometers, and pinch gauges or on very expensive electronic hand assessment systems developed in the USA.

In the HATS project a hand assessment system has been developed that speeds up the processes of acquisition, visualisation, analysis, reporting, and management of patients' hand data.

The HATS system supports therapists during hand assessment and avoids the drawbacks of other approaches: the labour intensive, time consuming and inaccurate measurements on the one hand, and the high price of the US systems on the other hand. In particular the computer-
based hand assessment system shall reduce the time for hand assessment,increase the accuracy and repeatability of measurements, visualise the measured data and the improvements during therapy, and support the writing of assessment reports.

The system consists of three main components: a set of Assessment Tools, a Data Acquisition Box, and a stationary PC running the Data Management & Analysis Software.

Using the HATS system the hand therapist measures all relevant characteristics (range of active and passive movements of finger joints, active force of fingers and of the hand, oedema swelling etc.) of the patient's hand(s) with the help of the new developed Assessment Tools incorporating electronic sensors. Their outward appearance and usage are quite similar to the simple mechanical tools widely used; however, data are measured and transfered automatically to the Data Acquisition Box on request of the therapist (instead of hand-writing data onto spread-sheets). The Data Acquisition Box guides the therapist through the series of measurements, questions and observations of the patient's hands using multi-
media menus. It serves as a portable recorder of the data, which is then transfered to the stationary PC. Here the Data Management & Analysis Software analyses and further processes the patient data. It visualises the data of a single assessment session as well as of a sequence of previous assessments by applying a variety of graphical representations of the hand. Furthermore, a semi-automatic Report Assistant supports the doctors and therapists in writing reports, e.g. for patient documentation or for purposes of insurance companies.


ABSTRACT 6TH EUROPEAN CONGRESS ON RESEARCH IN REHABILITATION
BERLIN 1998:
'Methods currently being applied for hand assessment after hand injuries or hand surgery are based either on wide-
spread simple mechanical instruments such as mechanical goniometers, plastic rulers, everyday tape measures, vigrometers, volumeters, dynamometers, and pinch gauges or on very expensive electronic hand assessment systems developed in the USA. In the HATS project a hand assessment system is being developed that will speed up the processes of acquisition, visualisation, analysis, reporting, and management of patients' hand data. The HATS system supports therapists during hand assessment and avoids the drawbacks of other approaches: the labour intensive, time consuming and inaccurate measurements on the one hand, and the high price of the US systems on the other. In particular the computer-based hand assessment system shall: reduce the time for hand assessment, increase the accuracy and repeatability of measurements, visualise the measured data and the improvements during therapy, and support the writing of assessment reports.

The system consists of three main components: a set of Assessment Tools, a Data Acquisition Box, a stationary PC running the Data Management & Analysis Software.

Using the HATS system the hand therapist measures all relevant characteristics (range of active and passive movements of finger joints, active force of fingers and of the hand, oedema swelling etc.) of the patient's hand(s) with the help of the new developed Assessment Tools incorporating electronic sensors. Their outward appearance and usage are quite similar to the simple mechanical tools widely used; however, data is measured and transferred automatically to the Data Acquisition Box on request of the therapist (instead of manually transferring data onto spreadsheets). The Data Acquisition Box guides the therapist through the series of measurements, questions and observations of the patient's hands using multi-media menus. It serves as a portable recorder of the data, which is then transferred to the stationary PC. Here the Data Management & Analysis Software analyses and further processes the patient data. It visualises the data of a single assessment session as well as of a sequence of previous assessments by applying a variety of graphical representations of the hand. Furthermore, a semi-automatic Report Assistant supports the doctors and therapists in writing reports, e.g. for patient documentation or for purposes of insurance companies. A detailed system evaluation is planned in hospitals in England and Germany. The project is supported by CEC within the TIDE Programme. Project partners are: FTB and Orthopädische Klinik, both of Evangelische Stiftung Volmarstein (Germany); Rehab Robotics, Staffordshire University, Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals Trust, North Staffordshire Hospital Trust (UK); Lund University (Sweden).'


Referenznummer:

R/FO2008


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