Embedded Assessment: Using Location Technology to Assess Activity and Mobility of Individuals Aging with Disabilities

Investigators:  Kurt Johnson, PhD, Mark Harniss, PhD, Shwetak Patel, PhD, Ke-Yu Chen, MS

Embedded assessment refers to the use of sensor systems embedded in home and community that monitor an individual’s functional capabilities and detect meaningful changes. With embedded assessment technologies, health professionals and family members may be able to remotely monitor the health of individuals as they age in place. By doing so, they may be able to identify and intervene before declines in health escalate.

In 2009 - 2013, this project completed a series of pilot studies that investigated the accuracy, acceptability and feasibility of implementing an embedded assessment system in the homes of individuals aging with disabilities.