"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.