Singapore's St Luke's Eldercare to use Nokia Bell Labs' proprietary video analytics technology to predict and prevent falls among the elderly population
Agreement represents start of reimagination of healthcare in Asia, catering to a critical aspect of healthcare risk within the elder community
24 October, 2017
Singapore - Nokia today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with St Luke's Eldercare (SLEC) to co-develop and conceptualize innovative solutions for the elderly. As part of the MoU, Nokia and SLEC are trialing Asia's first fall prediction video analytics application.
The solution leverages Nokia Bell Labs' proprietary video analytics technology to create an unobtrusive and continuous monitoring system to determine the likelihood of an elderly person falling. The personalized and predictive solution will analyze information about walking speed, gait width and step width, and predict and send an alert when there is an increased risk of the person falling. This application will be integrated into Nokia's IMPACT IoT Platform in the next phase, to allow the caregiver to view and collect information from the solution and other sensors that the elder is using.
A joint study on eldercare IoT innovation, developed by Nokia and the Eden Strategy Institute, revealed that one-in-three elderly Singaporeans is likely to experience a fall once a year, with resulting injuries contributing at least S$1 billion to total healthcare costs.
Being an experienced aged-care service provider with an extensive network of senior care centres around Singapore, SLEC's role is to provide guidance and feedback on the software development process.
Dr. Kenny Tan, Chief Executive Officer of SLEC, said: "Our partnership with Nokia aligns with our commitment to meeting the evolving needs of our patients, clients and caregivers, and our long term vision of transforming community care. We hope that by trialing this solution with Nokia, it will enable significant improvements on fall risk prediction, early intervention, and care provision before seniors suffer an injury."
Danial Mausoof, head of Strategic Marketing, Asia Pacific & Japan for Nokia, said: "Nokia is committed to transforming digital healthcare and our innovative solutions aim to make a real difference in the lives of people. By empowering the elderly to live independently through personalized and predictive solutions, we are shaping the future of technology to transform the human experience, accelerating a digital future and reimagining healthcare in Asia."
Nokia IMPACT IoT Platform key facts:
Gives communication service providers, enterprises and governments a secure, standards-based platform on which to build and scale new IoT services.
Manages data collection, event processing, device management, data contextualization, data analytics and applications enablement for any device, any protocol and across any application.
Features NetGuard Endpoint Security (NES) network-based anti-malware solution providing robust, multi-layered security across the platform to safeguard data, identities and devices.
Provides industry leading device management capabilities with over 1.5 billion devices managed and a device certification program.
Supports wide range of IoT devices, including video cameras, environmental sensors to monitoring temperature and air quality of healthcare institutions, asset trackers to locate medical equipment, and more.
Did you know?
According to UNESCAP, the Asia-Pacific region is currently home to about 60% of the world's population of older persons (age 60 and older). The number of older persons in the region is expected to more than double from 547 million in 2016 to nearly 1.3 billion by 2050.
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About St Luke's Eldercare
SLEC is an aged-care service provider with an extensive network of senior care centers around Singapore, providing center-based daycare, day rehabilitation and nursing services; and home-based medical, nursing and therapy services.
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