Safety, Security and Privacy

Qinematic values safety, privacy and personal integrity. Before a scan, individuals are asked to give informed consent. They must agree to the scan Provider controlling the health data, and they agree to perform the exercises at their own risk.

An Organisation is expected to know their obligations to the local and regional data protection and privacy laws. Within the limits of the law, Qinematic will act according to the instructions of the Organisation or provider. As a European company, we are required to follow the GDPR.


Consent of the individual

Every individual who performs a Posture Scan is asked to read and agree to the Privacy Policy statement before proceeding with the scan. This is to ensure that an individual understands that their data is processed by Qinematic, but controlled by the Organisation or Provider.

The Privacy Policy is summarised at the start of every scan. Ticking the box is considered giving informed consent. The person consents to data management by the Provider, and to Qinematic anonymising their data for Research & Development purposes.

 
 

Safety of the individual

Safety is essential for Qinematic. For technical reasons, the service is limited to accommodate people with all four limbs, and who can stand and walk independently without assistance or an assistive device. Attempting an exercise is only recommended if an individual is confident that they can perform a task voluntarily. Exercises should not be performed if there is any risk of falling, injury or significant discomfort. To avoid any accidents, individuals and Providers should consider the physical, sensory and cognitive abilities of the test person before starting the test. Poor cognition, poor eyesight, poor hearing, poor balance, pain, fear of falling or fear of pain can affect function. Always practise the squat and balance exercises before the scan begins, to help the software determine the level of ability. Only continue with a scan if the Provider and the test person are sure that the exercise can be performed safely.  Ask for assistance if in any doubt about the ability to safely perform a task.

The basic criteria for the test person to do the exercise safely are if they can stand independently on 1 leg. As a general rule - if they live at home alone, can ascend/descend a step or stairs safely and without a rail, then they should be safe. If they cannot go downstairs without a rail, then they probably need supervision, or should not do the tests.

 
 

Always remind an individual to practise an exercise along with the instruction video. This will help familiarise them with the tasks and improve repeatability. The software activates ‘Easy mode’ for partial weight-bearing in single leg stance and single-leg squat to allow a scan to continue at lower levels of function. After three failed attempts at these tasks, the exercise ends and go to the next task. The final attempt will be recorded.

As a precaution, individuals may be asked to confirm that they can safely perform the tasks. We recommend caution with anyone above the age of 50, and/or have reported a recent fall or pain in the body, especially the lower back, pelvis or the lower limbs.

The following slide show illustrates the questions and practice tasks that may be asked of individuals, depending on the Settings determined by the Provider or Administrator.