ITAC 2015: Hills launches Care@Home home monitoring system

Hills Health Solutions has launched a new home monitoring system for older people that can track deviations from daily routines and potentially prevent adverse incidents, and is also now offering the world first silicon-based arthritis pendant it has developed for people with low manual dexterity to both the hospital and aged care sectors.

Hills signed an agreement with Israeli M2M firm Essence earlier this year for the Care@Home platform, which is able to monitor and intelligently analyse the daily habits and routines of older people living at home and predict and even prevent incidents before they are likely to occur.

The Adelaide-headquartered company has dropped the Lively range of home sensors from its distribution list and is instead offering Care@Home, as well as investing more in low frequency and wireless systems such as its Sonitor range of falls sensors and wearable pendants and wrist tags that feature dynamic location finding and long battery life.

Head of Hills Health Solutions Tom Sykes said Care@Home was unlike other devices in the medical alarm market that predominantly provide an emergency response rather than preventing the emergency.

“Based on customer feedback we turned the model around and decided to launch a solution that make intelligent decisions based on changes in a resident’s daily routines,” Mr Sykes said.

Launching the new range at the Information Technology in Aged Care (ITAC) conference on the Gold Coast today, Mr Sykes said Hills saw Care@Home as a significant improvement over traditional personal emergency response alarms and an opportunity to tailor care services based on a resident’s individual needs.

The platform uses sensors and advanced analytics to learn the daily habits and routines of older people and then generates alerts if deviations occur that could indicate a change in health conditions.

Care@Home connects with monitoring centres, care providers and families and notifies all parties of changes such as skipping meals, disrupted sleep or reduced mobility around the home.

Mr Sykes said Care@Home was NBN ready but does not need a internet connection as it can work off a 3G SIM card. The range also features an alarm that the resident can press that will enable two-way communication with monitoring centres.

Hills also displayed the Hills Arthritis Pendant it has developed at its Innovation Centre in Adelaide in association with University of South Australia industrial designers Robert White, Daniel Weiss, Peter Schumacher and Sandy Walker, which recently won a Design Industry of Australia award.

Featuring a translucent silicone bulb that people with arthritis or low dexterity need only gently squeeze rather than have to push a button, the arthritis pendant also uses LED lights within the silicone bulb that change colour when the pendant is activated, meaning the resident or patient can see that they've successfully triggered a nurse call.

Mr Sykes said the arthritis pendant has been designed to work with all third-party nurse call systems like Austco, not just Hills' own brands such as Questek.

Posted in Aged Care

Tags: Hills Health Solutions

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