AI Case Study

Kaia Health alleviates back pain with an AI-powered motion tracking and correction technology app

Kaia Health has developed an app that offers a treatment program for people who suffer from back pain. The app leverages artificial intelligence technology to power motion tracking and correction technology. Through a smartphone's front-facing camera, the app tracks connective points on the body, which it then uses in tandem with an on-screen wireframe model to guide users through exercises. Reportedly, the app has been downloaded more than 100,000 times in Germany in its first year of availability while 40% of users continue to use it for at least six months.

Industry

Healthcare

Healthcare Equipment And Supplies

Project Overview

"Kaia Health, a startup that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and motion-tracking technology to build a treatment program with no more than a smartphone or tablet.

In a clinical study conducted at the Technical University of Munich’s Center for Pain Therapy and other leading institutions in Germany, its app-based approach reduced lower back pain by 40 percent. And a slew of independent research — including a 2011 study of chronic pain — has shown its brand of psychotherapy to be an effective form of treatment for long-term ailments.

The app, which previously launched in Germany and the U.K. and hits U.S. shores today, was developed with advisement from “physiotherapists,” “pain management physicians,” “orthopedic surgeons,” and “clinical psychologists,” Kaia Health claims. (It’s registered as a Class 1 medical device with the Food and Drug Administration.) It tracks connective points on the body using an iOS or Android device’s front-facing camera, which it uses in tandem with an on-screen wireframe model to walk users through any of 120 15-minute exercises.

The Kaia app’s video portal contains clips covering basic back pain information, step-by-step physiotherapy exercises for the lower back and lateral muscles, and psychological strategies such as mindfulness and muscle relaxation. And a built-in chat tool lets users consult with a physiotherapist or sports scientist on questions related to exercises.

Not so incidentally, the Kaia app’s underlying algorithms power the two other apps in Kaia Health’s portfolio: the Perfect Squat Challenge and Kaia COPD. The former gives real-time audio feedback on users’ poses, and Kaia COPD walks patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease through breathing exercises designed to reduce lung inflammation that can obstruct airflow."

Reported Results

"The Kaia app was downloaded more than 100,000 times in Germany in its first year of availability, according to the company, and 40 percent of people continued to use it roughly 3 times a week for at least six months."

Technology

AI-powered motion tracking and correction technology

Function

R And D

Product Development

Background

"Back pain — which 31 million people in the U.S. experience at any given time — is the leading cause of disability worldwide. It’s also the most common reason for missed work, and the second-most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office."

Benefits

Data

connective points on the body using an iOS or Android device’s front-facing camera