Wireless medical device receives backing from Allianz

ViSafe device uses wireless biomechanical technology to measure a worker’s movement

The ViSafe medical device. Image credit: dorsaVi.

The ViSafe medical device. Image credit: dorsaVi.

A medical device which measures worker’s movement and muscle activity using wireless biomechanical technology will be recommended for use in Australian workplaces by insurance company Allianz.

ViSafe was developed by medical device company dorsaVi (ASX: DVL). According to CEO Andrew Ronchi, it will offer insights into how a worker operates in high risk work areas such as construction sites.

“Once risks are identified, the captured data can be used to re-engineer work environments to reduce risks and at the same time increase productivity,” he said in a statement.

The device uses wireless biomechanical and electrophysiological technology to measure a worker’s movement/muscle activity to better manage their physical work demands and help reduce injury rates and work-related costs.

According to Allianz Victoria Workers Compensation general manager Norm Cockerell, the device could reduce the likelihood of workplace injury while cutting down costs associated with health and safety.

“Reducing workplace incidents will see fewer claims on insurers and help employers manage the cost of their insurance premiums,” he said in a statement.

According to a Safe Work Australia report (PDF), there were 132,570 workers’ compensation claims for serious work-related injuries or illnesses, with 20 per cent of serious claims involving a back injury in 2010-2011.

In addition, the report found that in 2011-2012, 42.4 per cent of all claims were for strains and 13.7 per cent of claims were for musculoskeletal disorders.

dorsaVi has been contacted for more information by Computerworld Australia.

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