Virtual assistant takes out SA round of iAwards


The 'Anna Cares' digital daily personal assistant developed by Flinders University spin-out company Clevertar has taken out the best new product and the health category at the South Australian state iAwards.

Anna Cares is a cloud-based solution that allows aged and disability service providers to keep in contact with clients in their homes and check that they are taking their medications and taking part in daily activities.

It uses a relational agent or clever avatar called Anna who appears on an iPad provided to the client. Anna guides the client through their daily activities, reminds them to take their medications and any appointment they may have, asks them about their wellbeing and delivers messages by voice from the person's family or service provider.

Providers can log in remotely and add doctor's appointments and medications reminders to the calendar, as can families. Families can log into the system through their web browser, and service providers can manage a number of clients using the technology through a dashboard.

Clevertar was spun out of Flinders Uni's Centre for Knowledge and Interaction Technologies, which focuses on care and assistive technology solutions, in 2012.

At the moment the technology is only available through Clevertar's service provider network, but the company is building a family-only version, along with an Android version of the app.

The Remote Area Health Corps won the health category in the Northern Territory iAwards for its eLearning modules. Both winners will go on to compete at the national iAwards in Melbourne from August 25 to 27.

Posted in Aged Care

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