The GERAS Centre for Aging Research, a partnership between Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University, will be leading a research study to pilot one of the world’s first “smart” hospital beds and assess its impact on patient care and the work of health care providers.
The GERAS Centre partnership is with Norwegian company, Ably Medical to test their innovative hospital bed. This wireless bed has sensors built in to monitor the patient’s health data. Upon changes to the data, the system predicts possible outcomes and provides insights for early intervention. On top of that, the bed’s design models that of the human spine and moves to provide better mobility and stability.
The next generation hospital beds Ably Medical and four hospitals in the Ontario region have together secured funding from Centre for Aging + Brain Innovation (CABHI) for a 24 month project.
The Ably Bed combines innovative and state-of-the-art technology with (a) non-intrusive patient monitoring, (b) novel bed frame construction that allows high-fidelity movement of patient, (c) machine learning capacity that learns from patient behaviour, (d) collaborative integration into medical care routines and procedures. The Ably Bed is the bed that learns, knows, mobilises and collaborates. Project objectives The Ably Bed project will demonstrate and validate results by reducing the impact of three main cost-drivers: (1) Fall injuries, (2) Pressure ulcers, and (3) Nurse-load. Results will be reduced cost, improved quality of care, and improved use of resources in modern health care systems.