Monitoring without watching
Care.ai’s monitoring system includes a sensor package about the size of a hardback book that care providers can mount on a wall. Optical sensors feed data to the onboard Coral Mini PCIe Accelerator. The processor runs AI algorithms trained on an extensive library of behavioral data from healthcare settings.
The AI can detect when a patient falls, when someone in a weakened state risks a fall by getting out of bed before they’ve fully recovered, when a dementia patient wanders out of their room, and other potentially dangerous conditions. It can even verify that care providers entering rooms use handwashing stations. The AI then sends alerts via its power-over-ethernet connection or Wi-Fi straight to nursing stations, the cell phone of a loved-one, or another specified device.
The result is what Toleti calls a self-aware room. “Imagine a Tesla car sitting in a room,” Toleti suggests. In other words, the same kind of processing power and reaction time that lets a self-driving car navigate highways goes to work in a room ensuring patient safety, thanks to care.ai. None of which would be possible without being freed by Coral of the latency burden imposed by cloud-based processing.
“What the team at care.ai has put together is truly ground-breaking,” says Mark Crandall, CIO at Consulate Health Care, which provides services to seniors at 140 centers around the U.S. "This is the first and only autonomous monitoring solution in healthcare that can truly transform an ordinary room into a self-aware room."
At Consulate Health Care, the system helps prevent patients from falling, from developing pressure ulcers, from wandering off, and more. Crandall likes that the system doesn’t impose any burdens on patients. It requires no action from them, and they don’t even have to wear a monitoring device. Every other system he's seen requires one or the other, curtailing independence. Compliance with U.S. healthcare privacy regulations is another key selling point for Crandall. “Care.ai’s architecture was built from the ground up with the security of our patient data in mind,” he says.
A future of smart healthcare
Along with the pilot project at Consulate, Toleti says care.ai is working with several other Hospitals and post-acute care pilot customers. He'd like to see care.ai bring a new standard of care for at-risk patients in hospitals, residential care centers, and homes around the world.
Fortunately, Toleti’s mother sustained only minor injuries from her fall. But Toleti hopes the scare that inspired him to found care.ai will soon help tens of thousands of others stay safe while remaining independent and maintaining their privacy, even as it gives peace of mind to loved ones both near and far.
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