Smart sensors make homes safer

Monday, 16 November, 2020

Smart sensors make homes safer

CSIRO has developed a new sensor-based in-home heath monitoring system, enabling users to send real-time data to their healthcare professionals.

The solution is licensed to HSC Technology Group and incorporates a patent pending algorithm that will be integrated into the group’s TALIUS Smart Analytics platform and service the aged-care and supported-living sectors.

With Australia’s ageing population predicted to rise to 22% by 2056, and more than 80% of senior Australians over 60 opting to live at home, aged-care facilities and the broader healthcare system will face increasing pressure to provide transparent, high-quality care.

Ensuring a strong focus on consumer-directed care while addressing aged-care quality standards such as access to personal and clinical care, and access to daily living support services, becomes critical.

CSIRO Health Services Group leader Dr Mohan Karunanithi said technology can support greater quality and provide more informed continuity of care for citizens who choose to live independently, keeping their families updated remotely, while also providing 24/7 healthcare information to medical care teams and clinicians.

“Australians are choosing to live longer in their own homes. However, as we age, or as a result of chronic condition, daily tasks can become increasingly difficult, putting our health and safety at risk,” Dr Karunanithi said.

“Numerous trials of our Smarter Safer Homes platform across Australia have shown technology-enabled systems and smart sensors can deliver a high-quality, in-home care model suitable for independent living and reducing these risks.”

The CSIRO Smarter Safer Homes Objective Activities of Daily Living algorithm will be one of the foundational technologies of the HSC TALIUS platform.

The algorithm will turn collated sensor data into measures of an individual’s daily life activities such as meal preparation, mobility, hygiene and grooming.

This information in the HSC platform will offer users a secure way to self-manage at home, while simultaneously sharing medical information with healthcare providers and family members via a smartphone app and web portal.

Healthcare providers will be able to use the data to detect and assess changes to treatments or care support, intervene early if an emergency is predicted and create accurate reports for transparency and accountability.

HSC Technology Group Managing Director Graham Russell said CSIRO’s advanced technology is essential to providing accurate information for real-time care.

“Our mission is to help the sector shift from reactive to proactive care for those who need it. Our end-to-end technology solutions offer clients privacy, but transparency and comfort to loved ones and healthcare providers with 24/7 access to information,” Russell said.

“We’re delighted to have CSIRO’s innovative technology an integrated part of our platform, enabling us to deliver on our commitment of offering customers simple and meaningful solutions.”

Smarter Safer Homes technology was developed by CSIRO’s digital health research team at the Australian e-Health Research Centre.

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