Sevagram, an organization for elderly care in Limburg, has joined forces with Kepler Vision Technologies to deploy the Kepler Night Nurse software for visual recognition of human activities in the Panhuys nursing home. The Panhuys offers a home to people with dementia. The nursing home has a total of 60 places. It consists of six group homes, each for ten residents. In addition, there are four sheltered houses. The Kepler Night Nurse software provides live data from optical sensors. It can quickly detect falls, patient discomfort, and abnormal behavior. This new technology, which combines machine learning and computer vision, surpasses all old-fashioned motion sensors, such as bed mats, bedposts, and door clickers. The Kepler Night Nurse automatically adds summaries to a resident’s medical record.
It sends an alarm when a resident has fallen, but also a notification when a resident cannot get out of bed or stays in the bathroom longer than expected. The technology reduces the number of alarms to 1 new accurate alarm per 100 old vague and false alarms. The software also prevents nursing staff from having to perform repetitive activities, such as walking rounds at night, Kepler and Sevagram said.
Dr. Harro Stokman, CEO and founder of Kepler Vision Technologies said: “We are extremely excited about the new partnership with Sevagram. Together with Sevagram, we will contribute to the care of the elderly. Our product significantly reduces the workload for staff and further increases residents’ well-being and safety.”
Data for better decision making
Innovation manager of Sevagram, Tim van de Geijn said: “One of Sevagram’s ambitions is to have early signaling in the air in the future. For example, the step from fall detection to fall prevention can be made: no longer signaling that a resident has fallen, but preventing someone from falling through monitoring and analysis of behavior. That means enormous health gains and a better quality of life. It also provides data that can be used in choices for care and well-being. The family and treatment team can do something with this: what form of fall prevention is appropriate, what space is possible for this individual resident? We think Kepler’s technology can help us realize this ambition.”
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