Artificial Intelligence To Prevent Falls
Predict Falls Before They Happen with Our Patent Pending Technology
The Heron Point Fall Prevention System requires only a single camera placed in a common area. This camera then passively monitors residents’ gait on a daily basis. From this data, the system quantifies walk features for each resident, such as step length and balance.
Based on existing clinical research, these features and their rate of change are combined to determine which residents are likely to have a fall in the coming weeks. A report with this list of at-risk residents is sent to facility staff on a weekly basis.
Staff then put targeted preventative measures in place in order to help those who are likely to suffer a fall (such as physical therapy appointments, walking aids, or medication changes).
Immediate alerting is also available for rapid increases in fall risk, such as in cases where medication dosage may be incorrect.
Detect Fall Risk with a Single Camera
In order to track resident gaits, the system requires a single device to be placed in a common area where residents are likely to pass through on a daily basis, such as the entrance to a dining hall. The device is minimal in size and installation takes only a matter of minutes. Installation requires access to wi-fi, a standard outlet, and a list of all residents.
An algorithm on the device detects when someone walks by it; when this happens, the device records a clip of the person walking. The device then sends this data to a secure, HIPAA-certified AWS cloud server for future processing.
When a new clip is sent to the secure servers, key features (such as step length and walking speed) are extracted from the video. From these features, a fall risk score is generated. The system then assigns this fall risk score to a resident by using the gait itself. The details of a person’s gait are unique to them, much like a fingerprint.
On a weekly basis, a report is generated of fall risk scores and changes in fall risk score for all residents. A link to this report is then emailed to facility staff. Reports can be accessed through a secure, HIPAA-compliant web form.
Better. Easier. Cheaper.
Avoid wearables or large camera systems for fall prevention, both of which invade resident privacy and require constant, expensive maintenance.
Return on Investment
The annual resident turnover across all assisted living residences stands at an astounding 50%. A large part of this turnover is due to residents requiring more intensive care as the result of a fall injury.
The average 100-person assisted living facility will have 34 residents fall per year. 17 of these falls will lead to a serious injury and the resident requiring more intensive care. The average cost to replace a resident is over $13,500. This leads to >$230,000 total costs per a year from falls per 100-residents.
By preventing falls, the Fall Prevention System can save the typical 100-resident facilities over $100k per year in resident turnover costs.
Complete ROI Calculation
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