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European Care Homes Track Patient Rolling in Beds

An IoT-based solution from digitalAngel, using Nalta software and Dell Boomi connectivity, allows facilities such as Carehome Zorgspectrum to identify which patients need to be rolled over, in order to prevent bed sores.
By Claire Swedberg
Mar 18, 2018

Carehome Zorgspectrum, located in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands, is one of several European care facilities deploying an Internet of Things (IoT) system that detects the well-being of patients by capturing sensor-based data from patient mattresses. The solution makes that data available to management and health-care providers, while also offering the possibility of connecting to a company's existing software-based data.

The system, which automatically tracks when patients leave their beds, as well as how often and when they turn over, is provided by digitalAngel and is built with the support of its local partner, Dutch platform integrator Nalta. Dell Boomi, an independent unit of Dell Technologies, accesses digitalAngel's data through its cloud-based software platform. The Boomi platform is being used as an integration-platform-as-a-service. DigitalAngel's solution, powered by Boomi's technology, was piloted last year until around September, and has since been permanently deployed at Carehome Zorgspectrum.

Carehome Zorgspectrum's facility
For long-term patients isolated in beds, care providers need to keep an eye on their movements during the nights. To avoid developing bed sores, patients need to roll at regular intervals, such as every few hours. Without the IoT system, care providers cannot be sure whether or not a patient has rolled over, and thus often go through the process of rolling each patient over every three hours, whether or not they need to be moved, so as to ensure that they don't develop lesions.

digitalAngel's Peter de Lange
This is not only time–consuming and laborious for staff members, but disturbing for patients who are sleeping and may not need to be rolled over. In some cases, in fact, a patient may have just turned over, and employees may inadvertently roll a patient back into a position in which he or she had remained for several hours.

Netherlands-based digitalAngel was launched in 2017 to develop and provide a system that would connect data collected from intelligent care products in hospitals or nursing homes on a cloud-based platform. The aim, says Peter de Lange, digitalAngel's managing director and co-founder, was to create a solution that would benefit both patients and caregivers—something, he says, that would "increase the quality of life of patients and increase the well-being of care professionals."

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