The CSIRO has licensed an ‘activities of daily living’ algorithm that will enable sensors placed around the home to gather information about an older person’s daily activities and alert healthcare providers if anything is amiss.

The Smarter Safer Homes algorithm turns sensor data into measures of daily activity such as meal preparation, mobility and hygiene.

The information is shared in real time with healthcare providers or family members via an app and web portal.

The technology, developed by CSIRO’s digital health research team at the Australian e-Health Research Centre, has been exclusively licensed to Australian data analytics company HSC Technology.

The soon-to-be patented algorithm will be integrated into HSC’s TALIUS analytics platform.

“The CSIRO’s algorithm, combined with our sensor data, will provide a better preventive care solution and a proactive care platform for aged care providers,” HSC Technology Group managing director Graham Russell told Community Care Review.

CSIRO Health Services Group leader Dr Mohan Karunanithi said trials had shown the technology can help older people stay at home for longer.

“Numerous trials of our Smarter Safer Homes platform across Australia have shown technology-enabled systems and smart sensors can deliver a high quality, in-home care model suitable for independent living and reducing these risks,” he said.

Hayylo signs deal with Civica

In other technology news, Australian customer service platform Hayylo has announced a new partnership with global software vendor Civica.

The deal will see Civica’s Carelink cloud-based client management system combined with Hayylo’s customer service tools which are currently being marketed to Australian home care providers.

“The combined product set of CIVICA Carelink+ and Hayylo, provides an end to end solution for management, engagement and efficiency,” Hayylo CEO Greg Satur said.

Hayylo is a relative newcomer which launched in 2014 and has fewer than 50 employees. It says the partnership with Civica, which has 3,000 customers in more than 10 countries,  will help it expand its products into new sectors, including the disability sector, and new markets in the UK, NZ and beyond. 

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