In recent years, the application of artificial intelligence in homecare has resulted in a radical change in the way patients and caregivers approach and react to better care and living.
The provision of quality healthcare at home while minimizing costs has been a challenge for caregivers, especially when dealing with seniors and critically ill patients. With the advent of Artificial Intelligence, this challenge should become significantly lessened if not eliminated.
Globally, the number of persons aged 60 or over is expected to grow from 962 million in 2017 to 2.1 billion in 2050 and 3.1 billion in 2100, according to a United Nations report. Though adoption levels of elderly care robots are still low compared to other service robot market segments, there has been progressing in terms of elderly care robots equipped with artificial intelligence (AI).
Tools like these are highly data-driven since they continuously collect data about your body, your environment, nutrition, routine activities, check daily vitals, and then run algorithms that learn from that data over time.
AI is rapidly finding applications throughout the elderly care process. Listed below are the leading solutions that utilize AI and machine learning to improve the quality of life of the elderly:
With the assistance of artificial intelligence and patient data, Google Health has developed several tools designed to transform how health care is delivered. With Google Health, people everywhere can be healthier through products and services that connect and make health information meaningful.
In addition to products that empower people with the information they need to make informed choices about their health and technologies that enable more connected care, Google Health is exploring the potential of AI to help diagnose cancer, prevent blindness, and more.
Amazon’s Alexa, the world’s most popular virtual assistant, is getting a makeover as a senior care living solution. Alexa Together offers a minimally invasive way to assist and supervise an elderly loved one or other individual who needs care with Amazon’s voice assistant and associated Echo speakers. Using the platform, caregivers and family members can receive instant alerts when the senior loved one calls for help.
This proves to be a practical solution for caregivers to help seniors age in place safely and comfortably. The service is just one of many solutions available for optimizing virtual assistants and converting them into virtual nurses and caregivers for seniors that prefer to age at home.
Apple Watch Built-in Emergency Features:
The Apple Watch includes features that can assist elderly or vulnerable family members in getting in touch with emergency services. Apple Watch’s Emergency SOS feature can literally save your loved ones’ lives, allowing them to contact emergency services and alert their emergency contacts at the touch of a button.
A second feature is Apple Watch Fall Detection, which relies on accelerometer and gyroscope sensors. Using data from the sensors and a custom algorithm, it analyses wrist trajectory and impact acceleration to detect a hard fall. When you fall, it activates an alarm and vibrations on the watch when you have a hard fall.
Reports show that more than one-third of seniors age 65 or older fall every year. Therefore, a fall detector can save elders’ lives, as they’re highly vulnerable to falls, especially when someone isn’t around to assist them.
With AI-driven “aging in place” solutions, Fujitsu is making waves. With the platform, users can remotely monitor and consult with a health care provider leveraging the power of AI, 5G, and IoT. Designed to improve in-home care quality, Fujitsu gerontechnology can help caregivers strengthen relationships and create a better environment at home. With its AI-based platform, patients’ health status can be detected through audio analysis.
This is the first in-home virtual caregiving platform in the world. By providing audio-based trend analytics, the platform provides insights and care recommendations that help mitigate risks, prevent the bad, and enhance the good. Virtual caregivers aren’t intended to replace physical caregivers, but to extend their reach.
Sensi empowers agencies, caregivers, and families to make data-driven decisions about care, and agencies can provide each older adult with individualized care tailored to his or her individual needs.
With all these AI tools, this spectacular growth emphasizes the need for homecare & healthcare organizations to embrace AI to offer cutting-edge digital solutions. Businesses should explore and exploit the full potential of AI technology by aligning with homecare technology partners, who can strategize on making the right AI investments, allowing your business to add value to your customers of tomorrow.