Telecare is an area with an important need for renewal and innovation. The COVID-19 pandemic and the current changes in our society demand a step forward in the sector.
As we have commented in previous publicationsthe introduction of wearable electronic devices (bracelets, smartwatches and similar) has been a first step in the arrival of new technologies in the sector. Through these devices and the latest technological innovations, it is possible to monitor vital signs in a non-invasive way (with a greater or lesser level of precision).
Innovation within this field is constant and each new iteration of sensors facilitates better monitoring quality and the measurement of new parameters. Currently, it is possible to measure values such as: heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, respiratory rate, body temperature and electrodermal activity (EDA).
Beyond innovations within the hardware field, the sector really demands more innovation in the IT systems that support these technologies. The creation of software ecosystems, which accompany data analysis and post-processing, will enable the development of an early warning system for worsening health. Artificial intelligence, deep learning and personalised systems with early detection capabilities are firm bets to achieve this goal.
At Intelligent Data we are currently working on the development of algorithms to calculate possible health risks for telecare users:
- Health developments, with special emphasis on deteriorating health and/or worsening health of elderly and/or chronically ill people.
- Infection prediction and prevention.
Through our research, we aim to develop a more comprehensive traceability system, capable of analysing any indoor and outdoor daily activity. Our aim is to achieve a system that is able to help prevent possible health deterioration and improve people's lives through prevention.