Seniors Are Safer With Help from New Remote Monitor System
Remote patient monitoring (RPM) applications continue to proliferate. We recently wrote about Equip’s RPM platform designed to help treat eating disorders . Other recent Health Tech Insider posts featured telehealth selfies for dental care and a platform that enables people to participate in telehealth using their own TVs . Dumfries and Galloway HSCP (Health and Social Care Partnership) announced this week it has successfully implemented HAS Technology ‘s ARMED prevention technology for nighttime support with for adults with intellectual disabilities. ARMED is an approved medical device in the UK that employs AI and wearables to support independent living for people who otherwise might need to move to a care facility. The ARMED platform identifies risks to support prevention, early intervention, and self-management. ARMED also uses machine learning and wearables to prevent falls and to help patients manage medications. Over time, ARMED monitors a patient’s significant well-being metrics via RPM. When the platform identifies changes in risks based on patient-specific behavior and biometrics, ARMED can help patients and clinical care staff make informed decisions about treatments. ARMED also helps care services manage resources for use where they are most needed. According to Barbara Aitken, Professional Lead for Social Work for the Community Directorate at the HSCP, using ARMED has already had noticeable affects with patients. For example, the platform encourages patients to be more active during the daytime. ARMED’s encouragement has resulted in more restful sleep for those who increase their daily activity. When patients sleep better, agencies and care facilities can manage overnight services more efficiently. Aitken also reported that patients who increase their activity also gain confidence in their own wellbeing and in their ability to remain relatively independent. We’ve written before about our interest in technologies that support aging-in-place for elderly people who prefer not to leave their homes. Dumfries and Galloway’s implementation of HAS’s ARMED technology chalks up another significant win-win-win application for RPM.