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Empresa británica que ofrece un software de salud y bienestar busca cuidadores de personas mayores

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOUK20171024001
Publicado:
08/11/2017
Caducidad:
08/11/2018
Resumen:
Una pyme británica ha desarrollado un software de salud y bienestar para personas mayores y sus cuidadores. Este software se ha diseñado para resolver el problema sobre el uso irregular que las personas mayores hacen de las soluciones actuales, ayudándoles a establecer sus rutinas, promover el cuidado personal y reducir la soledad. Los familiares y cuidadores ofrecen su apoyo y supervisión de forma remota para garantizar el bienestar de las personas mayores. La empresa busca centros de la tercera edad, ONGs, autoridades locales y otros organismos de cuidado de personas mayores para probar la tecnología y establecer acuerdos de cooperación en materia de investigación.

Details

Tittle:
UK health and wellbeing software technology looking for elderly care partners
Summary:
A UK SME has developed a health and well-being software technology for use by elderly people and their carers. It is designed to overcome the problem of irregular use by the elderly of existing solutions, by helping establish routines; promote self-care; reduce loneliness. Families and carers can remotely support and monitor for safeguarding and wellbeing. The company targets care homes, NGOs, local authorities and other elderly care organisations as testbeds via research cooperation agreement.
Description:
A UK SME with technical expertise in developing real-time mission-critical software for industrial applications has developed a scalable, high-security, multi-user, multi-threaded mobile software framework with multiple sensors and data authenticity. Data is encrypted, securely shared and seamlessly synchronized between clients and cloud. The technology offers a highly responsive experience regardless of communication interruptions. In November 2016 the company won a UK government ´First-of-a-Kind´ national technology innovation competition for embedding this software framework in Health and Well-being mobile application.
The software is designed and developed entirely in-house. A stable beta-version mobile app has been released and available for download on Android.
In standalone mode (single user) the app lets a person organize and maintain their daily routines, incl. for health self-care, well-being and independence, increase social interactions (going out, phone calls and web access), and measure and promote physical activity.
The app has 7 main screens:
1. [To Do] a list of personalized daily routines (e.g. ´take medicine at 10:00´, ´go for a walk before lunch´) with automatic reminders if a person forgets.
2. [Places] a list of geo-locations (e.g. ´Home´, ´School´, ´Brother´, ´Hospital´, ´Shops´). Instant satellite navigation travel directions and live bus/train timetables (via 3rd party) and an option to automatically send a message to notify a person when you approach the destination or arrive.
3. [Contacts] shows photographs of people. Click to make a phone call or send a message. Great for visually impaired or people with reading difficulties.
4. [Map] shows where a person has been (routes and places).
5. [Web] list of web bookmarks (with pictures). Lets a person quickly access safe, useful websites.
6. [Live Story] a live stream of automatic events, e.g. what time a person did their daily routine(s), what time they arrive and depart from place locations, how much daily physical activity a person does, what time a person charges their phone, what time a person picks-up their phone in the morning, and how a person feels during the day, etc.
7. [Feelings] a series of special emoji/icons lets a person click to express their feelings, emotions and care needs.
In multi-user mode a group of people can more effectively care for and support a vulnerable person. It allows a trusted person or group to see another person´s ´Live Story´, i.e. if they are maintaining their daily routines and independence, e.g. is a person mobile, how frequently they leave their home, are they doing enough physical activity, are they socially interacting, and how they are feeling and do they have unmet care needs. This allows for early identification of well-being concerns, e.g. is a person forgetting to charge their phone, or forgetting to take their medicine, or going to bed and waking up at irregular times, etc.
To date a major cause for health and well-being apps being largely unsuccessful is that they are not being used sustainably by elderly. There remains a first-to-market business opportunity and to establish what it needs for an app to be interesting and valuable to older adults so that they use it daily along with their family members and carers. The challenge for this product is to provide more immersive, interesting and valuable experience to older adult users. Therefore the company is looking for organisations providing around the clock elderly care (care homes) or working closely with elderly (NGOs, local authorities, family associations) for tests and trials to measure behavior change and efficacy of the user experience, self-care, physical activity and well-being, who would be offered research cooperation agreement.
Advantages and Innovations:
The product is designed to overcome the barriers experienced by older adults, such as: (1) the insufficient technology skills to setup and use an app; (2) reluctance to use a mobile phone; (3) doubts about technology usefulness (older adults must perceive an app is useful and valuable for them to want to use it daily).
Product advantages:
1. Remote setup. A family member/carer can use their own phone to setup the app on a vulnerable person´s phone, and organize a person´s phone contacts (with photos), web bookmarks (safe and valuable websites), places to visit (e.g. for satellite navigation, bus/train times) and daily ´To Do´ list (well-being routines).
2. Product lets families/carers support an older adult to establish and maintain a habit of using a mobile phone/tablet, e.g. a battery-sensor and accelerometer motion sensor lets people see if an older adult remembers to pick up the phone in the morning, keep it with them during the day, and remembers to charge the battery at night.
3.The ´Live Story´ feature delivers a continuous dynamic stream of interesting family events that older adults feel is valuable and captivating. It increases family interactions and makes the app stand out from other well-being apps, making its use a rewarding and valuable experience.
A "Live Story" example for a grandmother: it notifies her when grandchildren leave home in the morning and when they arrive at school; she can see how people are feeling (perhaps sad or being cyber-bullied); she can see her grandchildren´s daily routines (knows when they play sport and if they forget to do practice music).
4. Dependable safety. If an older adult has a problem the product provides large phone buttons (with photographs) so they can click to call for help, or press an SOS button (alerts everyone in the group), or a motion-sensor SOS (no need to open the phone). If their phone is switched off or has no signal other family/carers can be automatically alerted.
Stage of Development:
Field tested/evaluated
IPs:
Other

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The company is currently in the stage of industrial testing its solution through pilot tests on potential end-users, before launching the product into the UK and European market. So far the company´s technique for project success has been ad-hoc trial with end users who are carers for their family on a small scale in the UK.
The sought partners will ideally be business or public sector organisations with strong links to family networks and with the skills necessary to address any barriers (e.g. language, regulation etc.) to "localise" the software for the particular country.
Organisations with an established portfolio in family and well being such as elderly well-being charities, care homes, (medical and non-medical) post-operative care centres, family associations, local authorities, are sought as potential partners within the framework of a research cooperation agreement.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME <= 10
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
01004001 Applications for Health
01003018 User Interfaces, Usability