Predictive care management start-up Karantis360 is offering its at-home monitoring solution on a not-for-profit basis to assist caregivers in keeping older and vulnerable adults safe during the COVID-19 crisis.
Karantis360 uses sensors to keep a watchful eye on the daily activities of vulnerable people being cared for in their own home.
Running on the IBM Cloud, the solution identifies and learns an individual’s typical behaviour based on movement, temperature and humidity readings.
Through a mobile app, Karantis360 aims to provide reassurance to caregivers and family members who have access to a more complete picture of the wellbeing of the person in care and can be alerted to changes in normal daily routine which could point to a potential problem.
There is now an urgency to ensure individuals, who are impacted by social isolation, can be monitored for indicators of risks to continued health, due to the current threats of exposure to Covid-19.
Just as important, said Karantis360, is to enable at-risk older adults and vulnerable patients to stay safely in their own homes, or assisted living facilities.
“This not only helps to free up much-needed hospital beds, but also drastically reduces the risk of cross-infection,” a Karantis360 spokesperson said.
The solution, which is available across Europe, the USA, Hong Kong and China, has been installed by a number of public-sector and private care providers in the UK including, York City Council and Consultus Care & Nursing.
Roy Grant, head of ICT & Digital Services, City of York Council, said: “In unprecedented times of enforced social isolation, the Karantis360 solution helps people to live more safely at home and provides reassurance for carers and family members.”
In Italy, care provider Sole Cooperativa is using the Karantis360 solution to monitor the health of individuals living inside one of its social living facilities.
Roberta Massi, president of Sole Cooperativa, said: “Our ability to help reduce some of the impacts of social isolation and to help & support our social care colleagues in these challenging times through our work with Karantis360 is one of the silver linings that has emerged over the recent weeks, and will help us face the challenge of a significant rise in the discharge process over the coming weeks and months.”