Telemedical alarm and health-monitoring system
with potential to promote early discharge and reduce hospital admissions
Telemedical alarm and health-monitoring system. WristCare Home System with Health Monitoring Service is a health surveillance solution for people at risk from falls, with dementia, those recently discharged from hospital, who want to delay residential care, are physically or mentally impaired or for patients with long-term chronic conditions. The wrist-worn alarm and health monitoring system continually analyses a person's overall health and well-being, sending alarms automatically if unusual activity is detected. Alarms are sent to a 24-hour alarm-receiving centre or, alternatively, to a family member or neighbour. An automated message describes the type of alarm being set off. The wrist-worn bracelet will also automatically trigger alarms when the user is unable to do so, for example, when they lose consciousness due to a fall. By monitoring the user's activity levels, a nurse is able to build a picture of the person's lifestyle pattern in order to detect any potential health problems at an earlier stage. The system has been part of a major pilot scheme in Surrey, UK, where healthcare professionals are using it alongside other telecare equipment. "We initially signed up to do the trial for three months in September 2005, extending it to the end of March 2006, and our evidence suggests that it has really helped the patients on the scheme so we will continue to offer it on an ongoing basis," said Caroline Still, Community Alarm Centre Manager at Surrey's Mole Valley Call Centre. "We have six patients using the NRS WristCare system, including a person with epilepsy and dementia who never before remembered to put on a conventional alarm." Three WristCare packages will be available: the Fall Prevention Package, the Health Conditions Package and the Personal Safety Package.