IoT devices can assist in the provision of discrete, reliable, and easy-to-use aid to seniors and people with special care needs. Develco Products provides state-of-the-art wireless products for IoT systems that help seniors and people with special care needs live more independent and safer lives. IoT systems for healthcare can provide safer and more efficient elder care and help limit overall healthcare costs.
When employing our white label IoT devices in a healthcare solution, all information is sent from the individual devices, through a gateway, such as the Squid.link Gateway, directly to a monitoring station in, for instance, a care facility. This enables caretakers to react instantly in case of an emergency.
The call for smarter healthcare
Worldwide changes in demography and a rise in the overall population are causing an increase in the elderly population and patients with special care needs. Unfortunately, these changes present an overwhelming challenge to the global healthcare industry. As a whole, the healthcare industry has traditionally been characterized by manual processes and close monitoring of patients. To help the changes to society, the healthcare industry must become as efficient as possible without sacrificing the quality of care. Fortunately, IoT and independent living technology show great potential as aids in overcoming these challenges, given that effective healthcare greatly depends upon the speed and accuracy that IoT solutions are able to provide.
Facilitate independent living with IoT devices
With the help of smart healthcare solutions, seniors can continue living at home independently as IoT devices give them the security of being monitored and enable them to quickly call for help in cases of emergencies.
For instance, the wireless Motion Sensor Mini, allows relatives or caregivers to track the status and exact whereabouts of the senior. Moreover, a smart healthcare solution including the sensor is able to immediately notify relatives or personnel via Zigbee communication, if the sensor finds something to be out of the ordinary. Thanks to this monitoring, the senior can feel safe in their home, knowing that they will get help in emergencies.
A wireless call button provides an easy way to independently call for help in case of emergencies. Worn around the wrist or as a necklace, the Panic Button is always in reach when needed. Depending on your solution, a call from the Panic Button can alert friends, family, or healthcare professionals.
You can also give a voice to your solution using the Smart Siren. With the siren’s voice prompt function, you can record up to 50 voice messages to remind seniors of certain actions. For instance, it can remind them to take medication at a given time.
Give peace of mind to relatives of seniors
Wireless sensors offer gentle and discrete monitoring of elderly people and people with special care needs, providing the possibility of a more comfortable life in their own homes. Through monitoring the health and habits of their relatives, IoT technology can give peace of mind for family members, who, through their phone or tablet, can ensure their loved ones are safe.
Well-placed sensors such as Window Sensors or Motion Sensors can detect the senior’s movements indoors and when they have last opened a window or left the house. Integrated into a smart healthcare solution, relatives can be notified about irregularities in the movements of their loved ones that could indicate accidents.
A smart plug can have a number of uses in independent living and healthcare solutions. The Smart Plug Mini enables relatives to turn off electrical devices remotely, for instance, in case an Alzheimer’s patient has forgotten to turn off the stove.
Reduce stress for healthcare professionals
IoT devices can also vastly improve the quality of service in care centers or hospitals, where different sensors can instantly notify staff about the behavior and status of patients who are incapable of caring for themselves.
In the case of Alzheimer’s patients for example, the Window Sensor can notify personnel when patients are leaving or entering a room. Motion Sensors positioned at different places in a care facility can provide further knowledge about patients’ movements.
With a water-resistant call button, a wireless emergency button can always be mounted within reach - even in the bathroom. The Panic Button can also be used as a wearable for more agile patients to make sure they are able to call for help even if they are not in reach of the wall-mounted emergency button.
Make healthcare processes in the public sector more efficient and limit costs
Our changing world presents challenges for governments all over the globe. The current challenges include maintaining the well-being of citizens despite population aging and widespread threats to their health while limiting healthcare costs. The IoT makes it possible to solve the challenges by enhancing the efficiency of current processes in the public healthcare sector. With the right platform, the entrance to the IoT is made easy.
Through IoT devices, such as wearables measuring health conditions, medical devices automating supply of medicine, and sensors monitoring patients, essential data can be collected and evaluated. With these data, public sectors can not only respond quickly to those in need but also with greater accuracy and efficiency. The increased efficiency enables healthcare costs to be reduced.
It requires the right platform to make the valuable data available. The white label product platform offered by Develco Products includes a wide range of IoT devices, allowing governments to include the functionality they need to solve their specific challenges. As the heart of a healthcare solution, the mature and secure Squid.link gateway is capable of collecting data from devices across wireless technologies and vendors. The product portfolio also includes sensors, alarms, smart plugs, and smart relays, which are all easy to install, allow over-the-air updates to minimize maintenance, and are based on the secure wireless technology Zigbee.