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Early warning through camera based vital signs monitoring enabling a better quality of life

The problem we’re solving
The number of people aged 60+ will pass 20 million by 2030, exacerbating pressure on health and social care, carers and family. Methods such as the National Early Warning Score can predict a heart attack within 24 hours, but this requires that users’ vital signs are regularly checked. This has meant labour-intensive manual checks, connecting medical equipment or wearables. For older users this can be complex, inconvenient and uncomfortable and challenging for dementia sufferers.

How it works
Xim’s lifelight™ technology provides early warning of critical health events for older patients at low cost without the inconvenience of wearables or manually logging data. Using only a standard camera plus advanced software in the cloud, the system can detect a user’s vital signs by observing tiny changes in skin colour. If there is a high health risk within the next 24 hours, nursing staff and carers will be alerted while there is time to intervene. This will allow patients who are currently rarely monitored to be constantly checked for signs of deterioration, reducing deaths and incidents as well as providing peace of mind to relatives.

Xim has been awarded funding by Innovate UK to prototype and trial preventative monitoring technology combining computer vision with data analytics to address the challenge of providing early warning for older patients at low cost. The product of the project will be a service initially targeted at the care-home sector but extending to home-based monitoring and low-tech hospitals as well as temporary / field hospitals.
Outcomes include:
– Reduced deaths and incidents.
– Coping with increasing demand from an ageing population with more complex and severe needs.
– Reduced litigation.