Ability Data

  • The Challenge

    With an increasingly ageing population and workforce, there is a growing need to provide solutions that will assist the elderly mobile to continue to:

    • ·  Manage the activities of daily living independently and
    • ·  Contribute to the workforce if they so choose, even as  their physical stamina, strength and mobility  decline. 
  • The Solution

    While we have had success borrowing scientific data from Western studies made since the 1980s, this did not help us with mobility issues specific to the Asia region. For example, while there was plenty of data around hip mobility, the most common joint degeneration in Asia is that of the knee, specifically knee osteoarthritis.

The Ability Data – an Asian Consortium

We needed a common database of case studies of patients across Asian demographics of all ages and genders for all upper and lower limb abilities, and a baseline set of data from healthy patients to use as a benchmark for what would be considered the normal range of mobility within a specific age and gender demographic.

With such a large volume of data, we would be able to study the change in parameters across time and, based on comparable case studies, map the recovery trajectory for individual patients working towards a known normal range of mobility based on their age, gender, weight, ethnicity and other useful data.

The problem was that, given the size of the Singapore population, we simply didn’t have the number of cases available. However, having a large volume of data was critical in order to be able to detect patterns and map recovery timeframes and plan effective data-driven rehabilitation programmes. So, we looked for assistance from our Asian counterparts and created a consortium, which currently comprises partners from China, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan, with whom we could grow and share a common database. Research institutions in Australia and Switzerland have also expressed interest to join.

The Ability Data aims to create the world’s largest database of physical ability of people across age groups.