HAS Technology Group has embarked on a new joint venture to reduce the risk of elderly people from falling and enable the UK healthcare sector to avoid associated costs.
The company has partnered with SOTI, a supplier of mobile and IoT management solutions, to allow its wearable medical device, ARMED, to escalate risks in advance.
How it works
The ARMED platform extracts data from smart watches, manufactured by Polar. Using the SOTI MobiControl application, the Polar is paired with a smartphone via Bluetooth and the data is transferred from the watch to the phone.
This data is then captured, and Medical Grade Device machine learning algorithms are applied to forewarn of medical issues and changes in the behaviour of elderly patients. This also helps healthcare practitioners to prioritise resources accordingly.
HAS Technology said the new partnership could help save the health sector “billions of pounds per year”.
According to the NHS, the annual cost of hip fractures to the UK economy is estimated at around £2 billion.
With over 500 devices in the field, HAS said SOTI MobiControl enabled it to focus on reducing falls and enabling the UK’s health sector to avoid associated costs.
ARMED director Brian Brown said: “ARMED is now a registered medical device and this step, along with machine learning, is significantly contributing to understanding the longer-term impacts of health and lifestyle changes in a more preventative manner.
“We are excited for the future with SOTI and making a huge difference to the quality of life for individuals.”
SOTI regional director of Enterprise Mobility Sarah Edge, said: “HAS Technology has created real value for ARMED customers, helping them to drive efficiencies through dynamic uses of data.
“We are proud to enable ARMED customers to securely manage their devices all in one place and deliver actionable insights that reduce the risk of injury for so many.”