Wearable solution to prevent workplace shoulder injuries

Soter Analytics

Friday, 02 October, 2020

Wearable solution to prevent workplace shoulder injuries

Soter Analytics has launched SoterCoach — a wearable solution designed to prevent injuries in the workplace.

Reported to be the first of its kind to the market, SoterCoach builds on Soter’s original wearable solution (developed to prevent back injuries), which forms the cornerstone of the new technology. The new device is interchangeable between the shoulder and back, featuring a graphically pleasing management dashboard and an upgraded user-friendly app that boasts multiple ergonomic coaching programs.

The solution consists of a 2 x 3 cm lightweight clip-on device providing real-time biofeedback coupled with a personal app exhibiting data and in situ micro-learning, accompanied by an online dashboard. The combination has resulted in high user engagement and has proven to reduce the risk of injury in manual handling industries.

“Putting ourselves in the shoes of our clients — truly understanding their problems, barriers and facilitators, and engaging in empathetic listening, we are now so proud to launch our new SoterCoach solution that has been built off the back of direct customer feedback,” Soter Analytics founder and CEO Matthew Hart said.

Soter partnered with St John of God Subiaco Hospital (SJOGSH) in Western Australia to build the shoulder training functionality, based on direct feedback and insight from wearers. The design team used feedback to address issues that were discouraging use — such as wearability, weight, size, app engagement and encroachment — to build a product that is easily deployable and user-friendly. Feedback has shown a 98% positive rate of engagement for the manual handling training programs.

Five years of user experience has allowed Soter Analytics to build a product that is up to professional standards. The wearable solution has been proven by multiple case studies, white papers and a team of doctors, engineers, ergonomists, movement specialists and data scientists, with parameters backed by international safety standards for musculoskeletal safety in the workplace.

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