Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
• Diagnosis Support • Rehabilitation • Vocational Rehab •
In line with our mission to apply our innovations to the most pressing brain-related problems facing the human condition, a separate division of Brain Power is addressing traumatic brain injury (TBI), the signature injury of our time.
We have significant backing and funding from the US Government, in collaboration with our strategic partner (TIAX, LLC). Using state-of the-art neuroscience and neurotechnology, we are working to adapt Google Glass to detect and rate the severity of traumatic brain injuries immediately after they happen, and then help the injured person recover and quantify his/her recovery.
As with all our products, we take a user-centered design approach and consult regularly with those who have been injured and those whose careers are devoted to assessing and assisting them.
What We Address
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are silent and invisible but the repercussions are deep, impacting home life and employment, and often-related issues such as depression. Our platform aims to overcome some unique challenges to diagnosis and recovery of TBI patients:
Complexity in diagnosis
TBI is a broad category of injury; imagine if “body injury” were considered one thing. Further, the effects of a TBI may not show up until months and years later, sometimes with unknowable and inter-dependent links to one or more injuries. Even “gold standard” techniques like MRI sometimes reveal vague results that cannot clearly be linked to the physical injury, nor to the eventual symptoms and deficits.
The effects of a TBI are very unpredictable; it can come down to something as arbitrary as which way someone was looking when a blast went off. (A partially turned head could lead to violent twisting of the brain.) Two people standing next to each other may experience the same event, yet one walks away, and the other never walks nor talks. Thus, we cannot just measure the event, but must focus on the brain, and the mind.
Rehabilitation can be grueling and adherence to the exercises and therapy can dwindle. Also, the timecourse of recovery varies widely, and much is unknown as to why. Our system makes both assessment and rehab game-like and fun, and big data from users will be analyzed to identify prognostic categories and predict early on who falls into which.
The effects of a TBI strike to the core of the human being (mind, personality, communication, awareness, self-sufficiency). However, the *signs* of the injuries are not usually visible. There are often no scars or surface wounds to signal to family and friends that something has drastically changed with their loved one. This adds a significant additional challenge to those coping with injuries to their brain/mind.
Professional Sports is an area where TBI are all too common. Injuries may begin as subtle but repeated injury and the passage of time can tell a more troubling story. Sports teams and schools: work with us to design a scientific approach to detect TBI on the field, keep players out of harm’s way, defend your actions, and motivate injured players to adhere to and excel at rehabilitation and retraining excercises.
We are working with the US Government to develop our TBI product for use with our veterans and wounded warriors to help detect brain injuries, and to help them recover from their injuries. Veterans advocates, government agencies, clinics: contact us to customize for you a lightweight, portable, easy to use, inexpensive, rugged, engaging device for assessment and for rehabilitation.
Falls & Eldercare
Many brain injuries happen at home. Dangers are compounded later in life. We take into account some of the unique challenges of eldercare in designing our systems.
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