Fall predictor judged the best in Innovation in Digital Healthcare
MonitorGO has been awarded the Innovation in Digital Healthcare category at the TSA’s 2015 International Technology Enabled Care Conference. The TSA (Telecare Services Association) is the industry body for telecare and telehealth and works with over 350 providers of technology related care providers across the UK and beyond.
Already recognised for its innovation in its reactive personal alarm for the elderly – the MonitorGO device that summons help in the event of a fall or emergency – this award is in recognition of the development of a predictive fall device that the company is engaged in.
MonitorGO is currently working with its partners at the university hospitals of Southampton and Newcastle, and with University of Newcastle to develop a device that uses the data of the standard MonitorGO alarm device to create a system that is both predictive and preventative which is a very exciting area for research and development that could potentially vastly reduce the number of falls in the elderly; a source of great distress to those involved and great cost to the NHS. The launch of this new system is anticipated for 2017.
The award was presented to MonitorGO MD, Stephen Bradbury, at the conference on 17th November. Simon Weston was the keynote speaker at the conference and the award was presented by TSA CEO, Alyson Scurfield.
Stephen spoke of the motivation behind further development of the MonitorGO system:
“We were pleased with MonitorGO as an aid for getting help in the event of a fall or unconsciousness but it frustrated us that this was still a reactive system, only of benefit after the event. Yes, it can help to minimise injury and other consequences but it would be even better to be able to predict, and therefore prevent, those falls from happening in the first place. Our research so far indicates that this can in fact be a reality because of the data that we’re able to interpret from the system. Therefore, these developments have the potential to create a really valuable healthcare device. This award is testament to that.”
The following video explains more about the predictive MonitorGO device: