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COVID-19: Wearable front-line medical operators communication system

Country of Origin: Italy
Reference Number: TOIT20200402001
Publication Date: 2 April 2020

Summary

An innovative Italian company has developed a communication platform integrated with wearable devices to support front-line medical operators (nurses, triage-pretriage operators, care-givers) to communicate with a centralized medical center or to collect patients vital parameter, with full hands free approach. The company is looking for partners for commercial agreements with technical assistance to enhance the use of the platform in hospitals, local health authorities and private biotech firms.

Description

An innovative Italian company specialized in intuitive Mixed and Augmented Reality solutions needed to more effectively train employees and improve efficiency, safety, and accuracy in mission-critical context, has developed a communication platform integrated with wearable devices to support front-line medical operators (nurses, triage-pretriage operators, care-givers) to communicate with a centralized medical center or to collect patients vital parameter, with full hands free approach. The company is looking for partners for commercial agreements with technical assistance to enhance the use of the platform in hospitals, local health authorities and private biotech firms.
The system is a Hands Free collaborative platform, that thanks to the integration with an easy2use smart glasses, enables “front-line nurses” to get in touch with a centralized medical center as well as having access to triage procedures, or even collecting patients vitals, without having direct contact with patients themselves.
Moreover, thanks to the unique multiservice approach, the same system can be used to provide guidelines to remote patients for self-checkup, improving the capability to discharge caregiving activities from hospital by leaving patients at home.

In the specific case of COVID-19 emergency, the system can support in 5 different fields, that have already been tested for the emergency in China.

● Proctoring – The system allows real time, and asynchronous, recording from the nurses' perspective to allow first-hand observation, reducing the need for proctors to be on-site at all times.
● Rounding / Consulting / Teaching - With System “store and forward,” recording capability, new caregiving procedures can be disseminated quickly. Real time streaming can also assist providers during patient rounds with off-site specialists.
● Thermal imaging - Hands-free infrared thermography helps screen for elevated body temperatures, which may indicate the presence of a fever, all without requiring the use of the hands. The screener can remain mobile and protected to avoid infected parties entering clean zones by using just his voice.
● Patient vitals collection / Procedures – The system allows front-line nurses' to follow triage procedures with hands free approach, by certifying any single activity and automating patient vitals collection.
● Patient Self-checkup – The system frontend is also available in touch version, to provide remote patient in app-dedicated checklists to share with the centralized medical center their health status.
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Advantages and Innovations

In coherence with many innovation drivers identified by the European Digital Agenda 2020, the system will have impact on the following area: 
• Dematerialization
The system proposes the dematerialization of processes and services, in a very specific 'vertical' context introducing simplification, traceability, and possibility of personalization.
• Wide and ultra-wide band (5G)
The new services developed in the system are in full synergy with the actions aimed to stimulate a greater diffusion of ultra-broadband for the benefit of businesses, citizens and PA in line with the objectives set for 2020 by the European "Digital Agenda".
• Social innovation
Assuming that technological innovation should not be an end in itself but rather in the service of social innovation, the system puts in place hybrid and multidisciplinary skills, with an approach centered on the empowerment of citizens who use the services.
• Leverage on skills
Specific actions are planned within the project aimed at strengthening the skills of the care givers engaged with the system usage. On this regard, it is important to have full awareness of the fact that skills (effective use of the IT tool, problem solving, ability to establish positive personal relationships not only in presence but also through a telematic channel) are necessary to make this change possible and put it into practice.
Compared to current solutions this platform enables:
- Real hands-free approach during the activity, this allows the hands to be always available for patient care, as well as always having clean hands
- Platform is ready for multi-site & multi-level usage, thanks to a smart infrastructure based on workspace
- Smart Glasses UI is designed to guide users step by step, speeding up their learning curve
- The platform is much more than a (already known) wearable video conference system, since the front-line can collect during the video call, patient parameters storing them on the centralized platform.

IPR status

Trade Marks,Copyright

Stage Of Development

Already on the market

Stage Of Development Comment

The system is already available on the market with applications in other sectors. The concept and the value has already been validated by all the approached industries. The company is now validating the solution for the "Healthcare" sector

Requested partner

The company is looking for partners for commercial agreements with technical assistance to enhance the use of the platform in hospitals, local health authorities and private biotech industries.
Since the system is mainly delivered with SaaS approach, the partner support rules will be mainly:
1) Local Training on the platform usage
2) Platform Setting-up based on customer needs
3) 1st level support on platform usage to end users
4) 1st level support on mobile app (phone and wearables) usage

Dissemination Countries

Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Russia, United Kingdom, USA

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