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AI Remote monitoring during isolation

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  1. InteliCare Overview

  2. InteliCare Holdings Limited (ACN 622 484 397) is an Australian technology company that has commercialised a hardware and Artificial Intelligence (AI) software system for use in the aged care and health sectors.

  3. The company was founded in 2016 following receipt of a $500k “Royalty for Regions” grant through the Western Australian (WA) Government’s Department of Health, with a remit to develop remote monitoring technology to support people at risk (the elderly and disabled), to live independently. Intelicare developed the system over 3 years, with 25,000+ hours of development, including multiple in-residence trials.

  4. It subsequently commercialised this technology and delivered systems to the WA Department of Health, WA Department of Communities, a range of aged care organisations (both home care and residential living) and independent customers.

  5. This unique capability translates well to monitoring COVID-19 patients in isolation at home to relieve hospitals, particularly the elderly. When coupled with digital health and telehealth technologies it can deliver a scalable solution to diagnose, treat and monitor patients remotely. The company has received initial notifications of interest from the Federal, Victorian and WA Departments of Health.

  6. How it Works

  7. The industry leading machine learning system uses data from non-invasive passive sensors (Internet of Things data - movement, power, door, temperature etc.) to detect changes in an individual’s behaviour patterns and provide peace of mind for family and carers. This is achieved through a smart device application or online portal. The system can easily be self-installed, or installation provided as a service, and is fully transportable and can be used in a range of environments.

  8. Once installed, the system monitors the individual’s domestic behaviour (e.g. sleep, normal household routine, bathroom use and regularity of meal preparation) over a few days. AI systems continuously detect behaviour trends and sends either a daily “all okay” message, or abnormal event alerts through mobile “push” and text notifications to primary care givers and family, with real time feedback. For commercial applications it utilises a cloud-based dashboard to enable care providers to triage multiple residents according to deterioration, based on each resident’s data trends.

  9. The “open” and scalable Microsoft Azure IoT architecture means it leverages emerging sensor technology and can be customised to suit specific needs e.g. incorporation of body temperature sensors, giving InteliCare a significant competitive advantage.  An overview can be found here:

  10. Proposal for COVID19 response

  11. It is recommended the federal Government purchase, mobilise and deploy 5,000 InteliCare systems.  In concert with other telehealth strategies, this will act as a key driver to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 transmission, thus relieving pressure on hospitals and reducing transmission pathways from carers attending to the elderly at home. It will provide added duty of care to the most vulnerable in society and avoid the deterioration of isolated individuals living independently that may otherwise be going unnoticed.

  12. Due to “just in time” manufacturing, only small quantities of inventory are held. Hence, InteliCare must mobilise the supply chain and has already begun discussions with key suppliers. Initial indications from suppliers are that a ramp-up to 3,000-5,000 units is possible in first 6 weeks, with a subsequent mobilisation of possibly 100,000 units over the next 12-16 weeks. It may be possible to expedite.  Additionally, InteliCare has access to 21 million EU-certified and FDA-conforming COVID-19 rapid test kits.  However, it is critical action is taken quickly to exploit the short window of opportunity before the virus becomes more widespread.

  13. Importantly, the product has utility well beyond the current COVID-19 response. Post-pandemic, these systems can be rolled into the Home Care Package waiting list thus reducing hospital re-admission for the vulnerable and elderly.

edited on 9th April 2020, 04:04 by Jason Waller
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