Australian property and technology outfit Rudder Group has announced it is in the final stages of developing a cloud-based monitoring solution for aged care homes that can monitor vital signs and detect falls.

The unobtrusive monitoring system uses radar-based technology fitted into the ceiling above a bed to monitor residents’ sleep and capture health data including heart rate and respiration rate in real-time.

The data is analysed by software to identify trends and predict future illness or disease.

The radar technology can also detect falls, and in some cases pre-empt them, and alert the appropriate person such as a staff member.

The new solution will be launched and distributed through Rudder Group subsidiary NC Health in 2022.

Chris Li

Rudder Group director and co-founder Chris Li said current health technology and vital sign monitoring solutions required active engagement from users.

“Our vision was to create unobtrusive and seamless technology that is invisible to the eye, requires minimal engagement and enables users to live freely, but most importantly does not stop working and collecting this critical health data,” Mr Li said.

The technology is based on years of research at the University of New South Wales where Mr Li was a full-time academic researching a range of biomedical and technology topics.

UNSW is also currently conducting extensive clinical trials to measure the efficacy of the radar-based technology.

Nick Ning

Fellow Rudder Group director and co-founder Nick Ning said radar-based technology enabled constant monitoring and the ability to deliver high-quality healthcare advice remotely.

“With data shared in real-time with medical practitioners, it feeds into a contactless system of monitoring existing health conditions and aiding to predict future illness and disease,” Mr Ning said.

“Our vision is to one day have full integration with government health apps like MyGov,” he said.

The devices can be installed into new buildings or retrofitted in existing homes.

Main image: Rudder Group’s monitoring system uses radar-based technology fitted into the ceiling above a bed to monitor residents

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