​​​Virtual Integrated Therapy for Active Living (VITAL) Health Box: A Monitoring and Motivating Companion to Reduce Frailty And Maintain Health for Older Adults

Project IDRRG2/16006
PartnerTan Tock Seng Hospital
FocusPrecision Rehabilitation, Aging, Frailty
Clinical PI
Dr LOH Yong Joo​
Adjunct Research Scientist, Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore
Senior Consultant and Deputy head of department in Rehabilitation Medicine
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Technical PI
Prof THENG Yin Leng
Professor and Associate Provost (Faculty Affairs)
Acting Executive Director of the Ageing Research Institute for Society and Education (ARISE)
Founding Director of the Centre of Healthy and Sustainable Cities at Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University


The challenge

Frailty is a geriatric syndrome. It presents as an increased vulnerability due to diminished physiologic abilities that result in increased risk of falls, hospitalisation and mortality.

Many scales have been validated for the diagnosis of frailty but they all require time and expertise to perform accurately.

There has not been any previous research on the use of innovative technology in the diagnosis of frailty. However, recent clinical studies have explored the use of such technologies in frailty treatment.


The proposed solution

This research project aims to develop and evaluate a novel virtual integrated therapy system named “Virtual Integrated Therapy for Active Living (Health Box)” for both the assessment as well as treatment of frailty.