Staying Connected and Providing Care with New Technologies
Caring for our aging parents and others who wish to remain independent and live at home is becoming easier with new approaches that combine mobile applications with caregiving solutions.
Here are some interesting companies making collaborative care easier using secure messaging applications and integrating medical devices.
OnKöl connects the elderly and those with special needs to their family and caregivers. The onköl app apprises family members and caregivers of every happening from important signs to incoming/outgoing calls to emergency situations.
OnKöl sets up a reminder for the user to take their medications, for example, on a regular or periodic basis and also notifies those subscribing to the feed in case a dosage is missed. OnKöl can connect wirelessly to hundreds of medical devices virtually. Once OnKöl is in place, day-to-day coordination becomes much easier, allowing busy family members and other caregivers to stay in touch.
TruSense updates subscribers on the location of their loved ones. Families can easily track them and remain informed of their location inside and outside the home. Using sensors placed in the home information can be shared including home-like temperature, open and closed doors, and movement through various rooms.
Sometimes routines change gradually day by day. Changes in physical activity, eating habits and more won’t go unnoticed with the CarePredict app, which provides predictive analysis of the routines of loved ones. It offers a summary and graphical analysis of the physical movement in the form of trends and compares it with the previous week’s trend.
Eating habits are tracked and notifications sensed and reported when irregularities occur. If a loved one has not woken up at the usual time, the app notifies subscribers, who can keep track of sleeping habit changes, while also providing proactive health and emergency alerts.
The Sensara system also track all present and past signals and patterns and provides the same basic features as other services. Where Sensara is different is in their machine learning capabilities; by continuously receiving signals over time, the software “learns” about the individual behavior and automatically adjusts to changing patterns. This helps reduce false alarms up to 90% and results in a quicker response when a real alarm is triggered.
Canarycare also tracks movement, monitors the temperature, and oversees door activity without using Wi-Fi or wires. Through its special portal, one can view it from anywhere. No internet or phone line is needed, just cellular connections. Subscribers receive alerts through e-mail or text.
Finally, Mybitat is another smart home monitoring system for the elderly, designed to respect privacy while being able to alert whoever is required when the senior’s physical or mental condition may be in jeopardy.
This technology combines advanced sensors, cloud-based software, and behavioral analytics to keep track of the seniors’ routine and detect anomalies, which allow them to live longer at home with an enhanced quality of life.
The app offers many benefits like voice and video calling, medication reminders, notifications to caregivers, temperature detection, and more.
Our team at TeleMedPro will continue to follow developments in this exciting new space, including the future integration of these consumer-based home health monitoring solutions with professional telemedicine and telehealth solutions, further expanding the “circle of care” to include family members, friends, professional caregivers, doctors, nurses and specialists in “Smart Health Homes” of the future.
Telemedicine is arguably the hottest trend in healthcare, with consumers more willing than ever to see a doctor remotely.
In a national study by The Alliance for Connected Care, polling more than 2,000 consumers, 64% said they would be willing to have a telehealth visit with their doctor via video.
With the rapid evolution of the health care industry, health care delivery organizations – whether medical clinics, hospitals, or insurance companies – are constantly looking for innovative solutions to meet economic and operational challenges.
The Internet of Things is embracing not only technical industries but other fields as well. IoT has the potential to reach areas where it has never been before, which opens up new opportunities for creative implementation.