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Oldie

Nursing home solution to connect elderly patients with family and healthcare staff using the most personal form of communication, the voice.

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"Up to half of the coronavirus-related deaths in Europe are occurring in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes" and “there is an immediate and urgent need to rethink and adjust how long-term care facilities operate today and in the months to come”, said WHO regional director Hans Kluge at a press conference. It is a “deeply concerning picture” he added.

Considering that the 28 European Union member states plus Switzerland have a total of 3.7 million nursing and residential care beds, representing approximately 3,970 beds for 100,000 people over 65, this pandemic can be defined as a silent massacre, which risks erasing an entire generation from what is happening inside the nursing homes. Every day many of them die all over the world in the same conditions, and in many cases, it is impossible to know if they died because of COVID19. It has become clear over the weeks how nursing homes during the first phase of the pandemic were a fundamental vector for the spread of the virus and now and in the coming months the whole health system will be forced to reform these structures creating more modern and avant-garde environments where, above all, the patient can be constantly monitored by the healthcare staff and his family.

Oldie uses the most authentic and personal natural form of communication, the voice, to connect elderly patients to a new healthcare platform.

Using an Amazon Echo or other home voice assistant, Oldie is able to listen simultaneously to the voices of all patients, process them and identify possible changes related to an infection or disease. If there is something unusual it can send this information to an external server running a more complex sound processing algorithms to further analyze their values and evaluate their health. The software running on the device analyzes all the sounds and in addition to understanding who the sound belongs to, it monitors its health, comparing the sound just listened with its original patient sound, stored during the device set-up phase.

Once the data is processed the results will be sent to the healthcare professionals and therefore creates daily or weekly reports (depending on the patient's needs) which are sent to the patient's family and friends who, using Oldie App on the smartphones, can check and verify the conditions. In an emergency, however, Oldie sends an instant message to the registered family members on the App for an update on the patient's condition.

What is the need are you focusing on?

In the near future, it will be necessary to redesign the nursing homes, inserting cutting-edge tools as Oldie that can improve patients' health conditions monitoring various specific and common diseases of the elderly, such as:

 1. Respiratory tract infections: diseases that affect the airways, including the nasal passages, the bronchus, and the lungs.

2. Other non-respiratory pathologies: through constant monitoring of the voice pattern, acute alterations can be detected in patients, such as heart attack, trauma, acute pain, falls, etc.

 3. Pathologies related to the emotional state: with the perception of the voice, changes in the mood of the patient can be detected that can be of help to the healthcare team in order to analyze pathologies.

4. Sleep hygiene: by monitoring the voice, alterations in the sleep pattern can be detected, allowing early identification of poor night rest and therefore altering the daily dynamics of the patients.

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Sharing a pivot idea your organization is considering or could consider

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

Oldie is a system suited to the current needs of nursing homes and for this reason, it aims through its functionalities of being able to create a system capable of satisfying everyone's needs. 1 More accurate patient monitoring - The COVID19 crisis highlighted how people regulate new patient controls. The checks proved late and superficial. Oldie allows to manage the patient's health conditions more regularly and to assist him during emergencies. 2 Better and faster communication between patients and their families - through the creation of weekly / daily reports (depending on the patient's needs), the family and friends can keep the patient's health conditions under constant observation even during situations of emergency. 3 More effective communication between hospital staff and the patient's family. Using Oldie, parents and friends can remain in constant communication with the healthcare professional to discuss treatments and the patient's health conditions.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

Nursing homes will have to implement new procedures to increase health security and allow a more dignified life for patients and tranquility for their families. Thanks to its simplicity, Oldie has the possibility of being installed in any context for any condition, therefore solving the problems of nursing homes, patients and families at the same time. Oldie is a tool that will improve patients health conditions and above all revolutionize the organization of nursing homes as we have known them so far. The system, in fact, involves and helps all the people who are part of the scenario. This service will allow nursing homes to implement a necessary health security intervention. Oldie is not a replacement of the health staff but a great help for everyone in relation to the early detection of various situations that may favour adequate care for patients. From the point of view of health promotion, there is currently an exhaustive emphasis on prevention and early detection of complications

What is the name of your business or organization?

Oldie.

What is your profession?

Product Designer

Where are you located (country)?

Spain

Where are you located (region)?

  • Europe

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Designer(UX/CX/Design Research)
  • Healthcare/Medical
  • Technology

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • Less than 1 year old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Concept/I have not yet formed an organization

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Investment
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

In the medical field, it is necessary to have the possibility to partner with healthcare organizations, research institutions to study and verify the technology designed and developed for the recognition of pathologies through the analysis by patients' voice. Furthermore, being an absolutely innovative product, having partners in the health field can allow us to verify how the oldie functions are accepted by patients, the healthcare staff and the family of the patients.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

it will be necessary to carefully study each pathology that Oldie intends to monitor and detect, to design a voice reading and analysis system capable of distinguishing one disease from another with extreme precision. So you will need a thorough and specific analysis to create a rapid pathological recognition system and therefore I can instantly help the medical staff.

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

In order to design Oldie, it was necessary to interview doctors and nurses of the nursing homes sector and to identify the daily difficulties for patients, health staff and family. Through this process, it was understood that the real benefit of this product is not to replace the health staff but to be able to give real and daily support during the pathology prevention process. The people we interviewed said they were in favor of the implementation of a service of this type because it is capable of managing all the cases of a nursing house constantly and continuously, day and by night.

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