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ARMED revolutionises falls prevention tech in 2020

We all know that 2020 has undoubtedly been an incredibly challenging year for the housing, health and social care sectors, but for many of us it has also highlighted just how essential technology and intelligent data is for enabling proactive person-centred care and service delivery. 

We all know that 2020 has undoubtedly been an incredibly challenging year for the housing, health and social care sectors, but for many of us it has also highlighted just how essential technology and intelligent data is for enabling proactive person-centred care and service delivery. 

The pandemic quickly exposed a real and urgent need for digital transformation within the care sector and we saw technology being adopted at a faster rate than ever before.

During this year, our innovative ARMED wearable solution was transformed to enable remote deployment with configuration in advance to allow a Service User to simply ‘wear and go’, allowing monitoring from afar. 

We’re proud to share some of the achievements that have allowed ARMED to make a difference this year…

Wearable tech adopted by Cardiff Council to help prevent residents falls 

In 2020, ARMED was adopted by Cardiff Council as part of its Telecare response service to put preventative measures into place for its community and residents. 

With this assistive technology, residents are able to monitor their daily health and mobility, and their professional support network will be alerted to any potential risk trends. At this point, the council may speak to their GP, the Independent Living Service, or Community Rehab physios and put a plan in place to manage falls prevention.

Twenty individuals were initially identified as having a potential ‘falls risk’ and provided with ARMED’s wearable technology, so that their sleep and mobility data could be remotely monitored. The scheme is now rolling out further. 

ARMED received official medical device certification

ARMED has been certified as an official medical device after confirming to EU standards. As a certified medical device, in accordance with the Medical Device Directive (MDD), ARMED can now be used in clinical settings.

Technology has a huge role to play moving forward and with so much evidence to support the benefits of early detection, this reinforces ARMED’s credibility, especially within NHS spheres where MDD is well recognised. 

This process can usually take up to nine months but, with the herculean effort of the team at ARMED, we reduced that timescale by several months.

ARMED streamlines for rapid and remote roll out during the pandemic with ARMED in a Box

Throughout 2020, HAS Technology has been offering a three-month free trial of ARMED, which has seen significant uptake since COVID-19. The launch of ‘ARMED in a box’ came shortly after official advice to health and social care professionals in the UK to switch to remote interaction where possible. This was designed to limit the spread of the virus whilst still maintaining access to vital support services, and further underlines the importance of health and social care services having a strong digital infrastructure. 

The ARMED machine learning models have been remodelled in order to capture data from the wearable device only during the current COVID-19 epidemic and thus minimise service user contact but maximise the ability for stratifying risk.

Multiple award wins for ARMED

This year we have celebrated multiple award wins for our ARMED solution. We were crowned as winners in the Tomorrow’s Care Awards due to our innovative approach in assisting people to live more independently and to reduce falls and associated hospital admissions. 

We were also thrilled to be announced as the winners at two prestigious ceremonies, The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards and The Digital Health and Care Awards for our ability to change culture through innovative technology that enables individuals to live more independently.  

We scooped the two awards thanks to our proven success rate and quick expansion, leading to the creation of new jobs while also demonstrating how artificial intelligence can revolutionise preventative care. 

Live webinars success

Finally, in preparation for a difficult winter for the health and social care sector and after studying the DHSC winter plan and identifying the challenges, we put together a series of live webinars to show how organisations are using innovative solution to help with delivering quality care services. 

Over 200 organisations across the UK tuned into our live webinars, alongside Microsoft and TSA – the Voice of TEC.

For more information on our final webinar and to request a video copy click here.

This pandemic has brought to light how technology can assist healthcare professionals, while strongly supporting the concept of ageing well and preventing further health issues. 

ARMED has not only shown how assistive technology can be of benefit during a time of crisis, but also how it can support the sector as we move forward. 

The ARMED team sends their best wishes for the season and look forward to supporting independence and reducing hospital admissions due to falls in 2021.