At the end of 2021, Päijät-Sote launched a design competition as part of the KOHTI project, the aim of which was to utilize technology in services brought to the homes of elderly people. In April 2022, the artificial intelligence agency Smartbi was chosen as the winner of the design competition and the supplier of the solution in the nutrition section, whose solution supports the assessment and monitoring of the well-being of home care clients.
The core of the solution is to monitor the client's nutritional status between treatment visits - without losing privacy. A camera is placed in an elderly person's home, which monitors the customer's nutritional status with the help of machine vision, i.e. food eaten, its amount and possible spoilage. The camera produces information that is not saved as an image, but is automatically transferred to data. After this, the footage is destroyed to ensure the protection of the customer's privacy. The nurse automatically receives information and has time to react quickly if there are changes in the client's condition.
PILOT STARTS AT THE END OF 2022
The solution will see the light of day at the end of 2022, when Smartbi and Päijät-Sote pilot it together with voluntary customers.
The Area Director Piritta Mattila from Päijät-Sote emphasizes that good nutrition is a very important factor in terms of an elderly person's ability to function, which contributes to living at home for as long as possible.
“I am excited about this new solution and I hope that it will provide support for monitoring the nutritional status of home care clients. It is sometimes challenging to notice the deterioration of the nutritional status early enough. It is possible to still improve the customer's well-being and to prevent many challenges, for example, the risk of falling and general deterioration of well-being. If we get good results from the experiment, we have opportunities for many different further developments.”
Piritta Mattila, Tulosaluejohtaja, Päijät-Sote
TOWARDS AN INTERNATIONAL PILOT
After piloting, the aim is to get the solution into an actual customer trial for home care customers in Päijät-Häme, and after that for use in different welfare areas in Finland and abroad.
“Home care support is one of the areas of social and health care where artificial intelligence has the most to offer in the next few years. The new solutions not only bring security and quality years to the ageing population, they also free up caregivers' time for more important care tasks like giving personal assistance and connecting with the client. It is great that Päijät-Sote is actively developing and implementing new solutions.”
Mika Koivula, CEO, Smartbi