HSC Technology Group: Simplifying Elderly Patient Care with IoT

HSC Technology Group: Simplifying Elderly Patient Care with IoT

Today, as COVID-19 continues to disrupt every business sector, industry leaders and forward-thinking executives are seeking next-gen technology capable of aiding them in transforming their operations to cope with the pandemic. Compared to all the industries, the healthcare sector is the one that is most affected. With strict social distancing measures in place, hospitals and caregiving facilities are now shifting their emphasis on the deployment of telehealth and remote patient engagement solutions. However, as these solutions are primarily designed for tech-savvy users, medical institutions and aged care providers who specialize in the treatment and care of geriatric residents are struggling to effectively reap the benefits of deploying innovative patient care solutions. Addressing this challenge with its IoT-based resident engagement system is Australia-based HSC Technology Group. “As aging residents are not accustomed to modern, tech-driven devices, we offer a smart solution that uses a television, which is a technology familiar to older individuals, for delivering care,” says Graham Russell, managing director of HSC Technology Group (“HSC”).

The company’s resident engagement system comprises a set-top box, remote control with a microphone and speaker, as well as a camera that can be plugged to the top of any television set. HSC’s resident engagement tool runs on Android OS and seamlessly integrates with customer-grade offerings such as Comcast, Firestick, and more. Furthermore, to enhance the engagement levels, the company provides a customizable entertainment module with content preferred by the resident. The module comprises leading streaming services alongside radio, audiobooks, and podcasts. HSC also has an enterprise-grade remote device management system that facilitates users to call in and request content directly. On the other hand, as HSC’s solution leverages AWS, its clients can efficiently scale the deployment of the resident engagement system and simplify communication between a resident and their caregivers.

“A doctor can directly get in touch with the resident through TV; all a user has to do is press OK to turn on the camera and start their consultation session,” states Russell. And to take this process a step further, the company has developed IoT-powered devices in collaboration with leading medtech providers, which the resident can simply place on their bodies to enable the remote measurement of their vital signs.

As aging patients & residents are not accustomed to modern, tech-driven devices, we offer a smart solution that uses a television, which is a technology familiar to older individuals, for delivering care


With these capabilities, the company enables caregivers to send messages to their residents on their TVs as overlayed messages, which are much easier for the users to comprehend. “For instance, healthcare providers can seamlessly send notifications for medication and vitals assessment across their facility easily, cost-effectively, and most importantly, safely,” adds Russell. At the same time, the company’s solution has embedded a calendar feature that delivers a resident’s daily, weekly, and monthly medical schedule that updates in real-time in tandem with the changes in the real-world care giving workflow. Alternatively, the company white labels its offerings to firms in the healthcare sector, which includes comprehensive customizability with respect to the development of branding, logos, colors, and more.

From a portfolio standpoint, HSC plans to develop a resident engagement system that can act like an intelligent home solution with sensors to track and assess the vital signs of a resident continually and in real-time. This will complement the company’s existing range of Smart Care and Smart Home solutions. In addition, the gathered patient data can then be run through data analytics, which will allow medical practitioners gain critical insights on a user’s condition. “With this system, we are trying to shift the approach of caregiving from reactive to proactive and assist healthcare providers detect and intervene before emergencies,” concludes Russell.

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Company
HSC Technology Group

Headquarters
Sydney, Australia

Management
Graham Russell, Managing Director

Description
Australia-based HSC Technology Group provides an IoT-based patient engagement system that simplifies the user experience for elderly residents, thereby enhancing the overall care process. The company’s resident engagement system comprises a set-top box, remote control with a microphone and speaker, as well as a camera that can be plugged to the top of any television set. HSC’s resident engagement tool runs on Android OS and seamlessly integrates with customer-grade offerings such as Comcast, Firestick, and more. Furthermore, to enhance the engagement levels, the company provides a customizable entertainment module with content preferred by the resident. The module comprises leading streaming services alongside radio, audiobooks, and podcasts

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HSC Technology Group to assist G Medical expand remote patient monitoring services into Australia and New Zealand

• Expanded agreement with G Medical Innovations will allow hospitals and other healthcare providers access to 24-hour remote patient monitoring services

• Large market opportunity and shared revenue model based on tiered subscription model of ~A$19-$35 per month

HSC Technology Group (ASX: HSC) has expanded its agreement with mobile and telehealth company G Medical Innovations (ASX: GMV)to offer G Medical’s Independent Diagnostic Facilities Testing (IDTF) type infrastructure and remote patient monitoring solutions in Australia and New Zealand.

The development follows an initial non-exclusive agreement secured in April, where G Medical integrated its Prizma device into HSC’s uVue telehealth platform to monitor the vital signs of elderly patients in a nursing home setting. This broadened agreement allows G Medical to now introduce its 24-hour remote patient monitoring service through an established and respected partner that has leading assistive technology platforms.

The expanded offering deliver to patients a more comprehensive service which can be utilised by hospitals, health insurance companies and independent practice organisations, and other operators for transitional care programs, allowing patients to return home earlier by using 24-hour remote patient monitoring.

Patients enrolled under the service will be charged a subscription fee ranging from ~$A19-$35 per month, which will be shared between HSC Technology Group, G Medical, and third-party providers.

HSC Technology Group has an established network of healthcare solution resellers and healthcare providers, with significant patients numbers across Australia and New Zealand and G Medical is confident of implementation in the near term. Discussions with potential partners are well progressed and HSC Technology Group looks forward to providing updates on binding agreements and first patient enrolments when appropriate.

HSC Technology Group, Graham Russell, said telehealth provides the remote connection of patients with health professionals to visually see a patient in their home or hospital bed, but without access to live and historical vital signs data.

“This can increase the risk of misdiagnosis and has limited the adoption of telehealth across the sector, even though telehealth offers massive benefits to the health sector by reducing risk of cross infection when entering doctor surgeries and hospitals with heightened infection risk,” he said.

“This integration with G Medical and their Prizma platform will provide vital signs data directly to the doctors desk with access to historical readings, improving health outcomes for remotely isolated people and people with chronic disease who can access these services anywhere with an internet connection.

“The extension of our technology to G Medical will enable our 24hour response centres to monitor vital signs data readings, and if a patient’s reading is outside their doctors recommended parameters our response centre will call the patient and request another reading and then instigate triage health intervention.

“These advances will take telehealth to the next level and significantly improve patients' lives who can now monitor their health provocatively from home and have a 24hour response triage if required.”

This announcement has been authorised by the Board of Directors of HSC Technology Group Ltd.