Tragus Monitoring System
The growth of aging populations across the developed world has increased the need for elderly people to stay at home. More than 33% of adults aged 65+ fall once per year. Of those who fall, 20–30% suffer moderate to severe injuries that reduce mobility and independence, and increase the risk of premature hospitalisations for the elderly.
Maintaining independence, privacy and quality of life whilst managing health and safety risks is a challenge. Demand for monitoring systems that are appropriately matched to users’ needs, and for some users, systems that work autonomously (without user-input) is rising. Suitably matched systems have enormous potential to support older people to reside for longer in the community and ease pressure on hospital and residential aged care facilities.
UTS researchers are developing a system which combines novel sensing techniques with a user-definable web-based interface. Wireless networked sensors monitor the location and status of an individual resident and communicate relevant information and alerts so that care-givers can be kept informed and respond appropriately. The system can be expanded and adapted over time to optimise the level of monitoring relevant to the resident’s changing needs.
We are seeking industry partners or investors with an interest in licensing this patent pending technology and engaging with UTS on further development and commercialisation.