Founded in 2012, and with operations and partners in Asia, Europe, Canada and the United States, ForaHealthyMe invests in R&D. All R&D is conducted in Ontario in collaboration with local universities and hospitals.
The company takes a collaborative approach to working with healthcare institutions. Between 2015 & 2020, the company has been the recipient of several health innovation grants from the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.
To date, partners include the Lawson Health Research Institute, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, the Ontario Ministry of Health, Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University, and Hamilton Health Sciences Research.
Our applications are built on a foundation of research. Collaborative projects include randomized controlled trials, clinical and community-based research projects. Our research and work have been published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, presented at the International Society of Posture and Gait Research and the Intelligent Health AI 2020 Summit.
“Great ideas having a coach, background, demonstrations and coaching about what to do.”
Patient comment for trial with elderly patients.
Virtual Rehab Trial Results
ForaHealthyMe Inc. and the Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE), and the McMaster University Department of Kinesiology completed a research project to test, refine and evaluate an adaptive activity with range of motion model (AARoM) for the elderly.
Study participants ranged in age from 65 to 83 years old.
The project included embedding and evaluating established clinical protocols into a computer system to develop new approaches to treat and support patients with chronic health issues such as musculoskeletal care, and in need of rehabilitation support.
Participants not only interacted with the system by responding the rehab protocols prescribed by researchers, but also provided feedback on a variety of elements.
With comments like, “Exercise steps were clear and easy to follow”, “the program is logical and easy to follow” and “I think it’d be very beneficial down the road for people looking to exercise from a distance,” the majority of participants responded favourably to the system.
In addition, the majority of participants said they would use the system again and also recommend it.
What our clients are saying
"The program is logical and easy to follow"
"I think it'd be very beneficial down the road for people looking to exercise from a distance"
"I felt comfortable doing the test, having a chair for balance was very useful"
ForaHealthyMe Inc. has successfully completed its research project entitled An evaluation of a proprietary motion capture system via kinematic analysis.
In collaboration with Kinesiologists and Physical Therapists from York University’s Orthopedic & Neuro-mechanics Lab and funding support from the Health Ecosphere program, the goal was to create a software-based solution which utilizes video and infrared recordings of human motion to assist health providers with the analysis of their clients’ functional capability during the preoperative and rehabilitation phases of care.
Utilizing a virtual environment containing a depiction of client and trainer avatars (CA and TA, respectively), a computerized model recreates the client’s movements within the virtual environment, while an avatar depicts the trainer avatar who coaches the client on how to perform prescribed exercises.
The research concludes that the ForaHealthyMe virtual rehab system is a reliable tool that has demonstrated performance comparable to that of a goniometer. A goniometer is an instrument that either measures an angle or allows an object to be rotated to a precise angular position.
The results of this project have been accepted for a poster presentation at the 2019 International Society of Posture and Gait Research conference.
The company is collaborating with the University of Buffalo Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine to conduct a pilot to closely monitor patients and gather data during the index event and following discharge.
This will allow researchers to identify patterns of change in patient symptoms and physiologic variables that also predict treatment failure.
The vision is that outcome determinants identified via data can be translated to personalized precision therapy of exacerbation, with consequent reduction in the rate of treatment failure and readmission.
In 2015, the company, in partnership with the Faculty of Health, York University, the Center for Addiction and Mental Health and North York General Hospital were among a list of 22 projects funded by the Government of Canada, under the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) e-Health Innovation Partnership Program (eHIPP) in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).
The three-year, student-centred project was developed to support York University students’ mental well-being through an evidence-based eHealth solution that includes the following key components: mindfulness principles and practice; cognitive behaviour therapy approaches; and a student-centred virtual community.
At the announcement of the grants, Federal Minister of Health, the Honourable Jane Philpott, stated, "I am excited to see Canadian ingenuity at work to support the health of Canadians. These projects have the potential to make high quality health services more available to the young Canadians who need them, and they are making great strides for the delivery of increased home services..."
The company and its partners Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Center for Family Medicine are conducting a clinical research project to enhance the support and services to patients with spinal cord injuries and other mobility disabilities from acute care, through rehab and during the transition back home.
Funded through Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the project is one of 15 innovative health technologies funded via grants from the new Health Technologies Fund (HTF). Successful projects were announced on April 4th, 2017 by Health Minister, Eric Hoskins.
Previously, Ontario Centers of Excellence projects included partnering with the Faculty of Health at York University and Division of Vascular Surgery at the St. Michael's Hospital to conduct research into Peripheral Arterial Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease.
The results included a peer-reviewed paper entitled - A Virtual Health Community for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease. The paper was presented the 4th International Conference on Current and Future Trends of Information and Communication Technologies in Healthcare (ICTH) and a submission to the Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery.