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Vital data in view

The shortage of care and nursing staff is a global problem. By the end of 2030 there will be a world wide shortage of 40 million nursing staff. Reasons are the weak wage development and rising demand due to the demographic changes. This trend makes senior citizens the main demand group, causing significant pressure on the health care system. This prospect is worrying for health care services, the people concerned and their families. Nevertheless, many people do not want to leave their familiar environment, even when in need of care, and would like more control, independence and active participation in health care. This results in greater demand for technical support. Current support systems, however, require the collaboration of the user, are specific to each manufacturer and have no regard for the user's privacy.

covibo is a technical allround-carefree system, which allows elderly people longer independent living in their own homes. It improves care, safety and comfort without disruption to their usual day to day living. At the same time it eases the load on the relatives and the care system. High benefit and ease of use are of high importance.

covibo combines three basic functions, automatic vital data capture, activity tracking and therapy plan. For the automatic vital data capture, the system takes the data immediately after the measurement, like weight and blood pressure, then stores and documents it. So there is no added effort besides the normal measuring. A resident's activity level will be passively tracked by movement detectors, door contact sensors and the operation of the system. Exceptional inactivity triggers the sending of an alarm. All taking of medication and measurements will be entered into the therapy plan, so that reminders are sounded and measures are not forgotten. Sensitive data is stored locally in the home. Residents may give access to specific data to relatives, care services or doctors. The system consists of a compact base station, a mobile app and a web service. The base station contains all functions and interfaces for environment devices, and also acts as a digital data store. The app allows visual inspection of the data. In case the resident rejects the mobile app, they have the option for a system without user interaction. The web service, not visible to the end user, can access the data externally.

The area of application is private dwellings in cooperation with the family or private home helps. This approach is a reaction to the growing demand for flexible services in the domestic sphere. The potential cooperation with care providers widens the aerea of application. The most appropriate form of care depends on the care requirements and needs of the client. Bluetooth Low Energy is the market favourite close range communication technology and so is used in covibo. The number of measuring devices and sensors using this technology is constantly rising. The choice of add-on devices is independent of manufacturers, making for an open, easy to integrate system. covibo is currently being used and tested under real life conditions in cooperation with a care service provider.