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Artificial Intelligence will improve the operational efficiency and financial return of your business

The use of sensors capturing a resident’s daily activity coupled with artificial intelligence has been proven to improve bed occupancy rates by 5%[1] – lowering hospitalisations, reducing falls, and predicting deteriorating health. It enables earlier and more targeted medical intervention.[2]

We all know the hard statistic that 1 in 3 seniors fall each year and that 88% of reported falls require hospitalisation.[3]

We also know that around 3,500 suffer a hip fracture in NZ each year from that fall with an average hospital stay of 25 days. More than half of those with a hip fracture will require help with daily activities for up to 2 years post release from hospital, and approximately 27% of those with a hip fracture will die within a year.

Using sensor technology in conjunction with Artificial Intelligence can predict:

  • A fall risk 3 weeks before a potential fall with 85% accuracy[4]
  • A health decline up to 40 days prior to hospitalization for UTI, pneumonia, congestive heart failure, delirium, low blood sugar, depression and dementia[5]
  • Early warning of COVID-19[6]

Falls do not occur just because someone ages​. Many falls are:

  • linked to a person’s physical condition, change in medication or a medical problem, such as arthritis, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or overactive bladder (OAB) ​
  • indicators of declining health and deteriorating motor function, and they are associated with significant morbidity​[7]

Using technology to capture data on an ongoing basis has been shown to deliver an increased Length of Stay (LOS) for residents in a village (rest home) from 1.8 years to 4.3 years.  This can deliver positive financial benefit for Villages (rest homes) and better health outcomes for residents[8].  It also means a higher bed occupancy and the potential for less specialised nursing care post hospitalisation, provides better data for input into clinical decisions, and the opportunity to deepen the insights from an integrated patient management approach.

For caregivers and medical staff, it means:

  • Being enabled to be more proactive in their approach to healthcare where technology can be used to provide early indicators or predictors for falls and deteriorating health conditions offering sooner intervention
  • Reduced staff workload managing hospital transfers /stays and post-op care

For operators and owners, it means:

  • Increased bed occupancy by up to 5%[9]
  • Reduced hospitalisations and post op care[10]
  • Point of difference from other aged care providers with predictive healthcare and improved communication with family members

According to NZ technology company SECURELY®, a growing number of aged care providers are moving towards operating in a technology-enabled environment where resident activity can be monitored discreetly using sensors and insights delivered using artificial intelligence.

SECURELY® General Manager Mark Smith says data collected by passive infra-red sensors, bed sensors and depth sensors are invaluable in predicting falls, signalling deteriorating health and allowing for early medical intervention to reduce hospital stays.

“In the right setting, data can also support a family member having that difficult conversation with a loved one about increasing the level of care they require.”

Mark Smith said COVID- 19 had a significant emotional impact on families unable to visit or communicate with residents.

Technology available now allows family to view the same information as a caregiver, with an automatic text each morning when the resident is out of bed and moving about.

“The peace of mind for families is priceless, irrespective of if they live close by or in another town.  It also means less calls to the aged care facility with daily checks on a resident’s wellbeing.”

Stephen Murray, SECURELY’s Business Manager Health and Village is working closely with Village Owners, Managers, and clinical staff to implement new technologies into the aged care sector to improve profitability and outcomes for seniors.

Stephen can be contacted directly on 027 290 1124 or via email stephen.murray@securely.nz

To RVA members SECURELY® can offer 2 months free for the FAMILY pack*

*T&C’s

  1. To be eligible for the 60 days (two months) free monitoring, the client must agree to a 36-month term contract and complete all standard (Electra Services Limited) SECURELY paperwork.
  2. Hardware and installation fees may apply
  3. This offer valid till 30 September and is subject to change without notice and at the sole discretion of (Electra Services Limited) Securely.
  4. All standard (Electra Services Limited) SECURELY Terms and Conditions apply; these can be found at www.Securely.nz.

For all SECURELY T&CS click here 

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[1] Rantz, et al., 2015 Enhanced registered nurse care coordination with sensor technology: Impact on length of stay and cost
in aging in place housing

[2] Rantz, et al., 2015

[3] ACC falls data

[4] Rantz, et al., 2015

[5] Rantz, et al., 2015

[6] Rantz, et al., 2015

[7] Falls in the Elderly Secondary to Urinary Symptoms Yousef Soliman, MD,1 Richard Meyer, MD,2 and Neil Baum, MD3

[8] Rantz, et al., 2015

[9] Rantz, et al., 2015

[10] Rantz, et al., 2015