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The Step Training System, designed to improve muscle strength, balance and coordination in elderly patients, was inspired by the video game Dance Dance Revolution, and represents one of the interactive tele-health applications that many believe will revolutionise the care and follow-up of remote patients.
Promotion of such initiatives could help reduce the incidence of falls, which cost the NSW economy over $500 million last year alone, according to Dr Stuart Smith, senior research scientist for Neuroscience Research Australia. "Not only can we get people to take a test to see how likely it is that they'll have a fall," he said, "but they can review their own results, and, if necessary, set up a video consultation with a remote fall-prevention expert. This gives us the ability to potentially deliver fall-prevention tools into the home that previously were almost impossible to deliver."