NHS Highland deploys innovative tech to protect care home residents against COVID-19

NHS Highland deploys innovative tech to protect care home residents against COVID-19

As soon as inside the care house, the technology monitors and signals social distancing in between personnel, citizens and visitors. In addition, heat maps are produced in real-time to imagine areas where social distancing is being inadvertently broken. Modifications can then be made to the structure designs, regimens and space occupancy numbers.

Developed by Wyld Networks, the innovation utilizes an app on geozones and smart devices, which are software-based virtual walls surrounding the care house. The software decides whether visitors and personnel can or can not go into the facility based upon individuals health status and level of threat.

In the case of a COVID-19 break out, those at risk can be informed and scheduled for screening within the NHS.

Image illustrates how a geozone would operate in a care house to detect if individuals are social distancingIn the battle versus coronavirus, NHS Highland, Highland Health Ventures (HHVL) and Wyld Networks are collaborating to release technology to help in reducing the spread of infections, consisting of COVID-19, in care houses.

The innovation is currently being established by Wyld Networks and the very first care house to utilize it, which is expected to be from October, will be Castlehill Care Home in Inverness, led by HHVL under the guidance of NHS Highland.

Frances Hines, Research, Development & & Innovation Manager at NHS Highland, stated: “NHS Highland is interested in implementing many brand-new procedures to support care homes to assist protect citizens and personnel and help in avoiding the spread of Covid-19. We are now looking for to bring together innovative innovations to release in care houses who wish to take part in supporting these actions.”

Highland Health Ventures (HHVL) is a company established with the remit to bring development into the healthcare system and has a cooperation agreement with NHS Highland and Wyld Networks.

Castlehill Care Home is one of a number of care homes owned by Morar Living, part of the Simply UK Group.

Linda Meston, Director of Care for Morar Living, commented: “We pride ourselves on offering the greatest quality care while giving our locals the choices that they would have if they were living individually. We have actually developed a safe environment for our citizens and personnel in our care houses and think that innovation will play an important function in guaranteeing that continued safety.”

When inside the care home, the technology keeps track of and alerts social distancing between staff, visitors and residents. Additionally, heat maps are produced in real-time to imagine locations where social distancing is being inadvertently broken. Modifications can then be made to the building designs, regimens and space tenancy numbers.