Vivago Vista and the Care Watch
At the core of the Vivago system is the Care Watch. To the wearer, it’s a normal watch showing the date and time. It stays on day and night, in the bath and shower and lasts for months on a charge. It’s convenient, unobtrusive and dignified. It also comes in a range of colours.
The watch records micro and macro movements and sends data every 20 seconds to Vista where short and longer term trends are analysed. The micro movements include muscle tension and breathing as well as physical movement. Vivago provides 80% of the accuracy of a polysomniograph (brain wave measurements) in determining whether a person is awake and goes further by detecting when somebody has fallen unconscious. It does this by knowing the difference between the normal transition of consciousness to falling asleep and becoming unconscious. It can even determine when somebody has fallen unconscious while asleep.
Any sudden change in a person’s health, such as the contraction of a UTI or the flu virus results in a significant change to their circadian rhythm. Vivago will detect this and alert the carer or call centre. This is one of several ways in which Vivago provides a level of protection not possible with older 'Telecare' technologies.
The Care Watch also reports when there is a risk of hypothermia and has an emergency call button. Its base station provides a voice call facility.
How Vivago Helps in and out of the Home
For a person living at home, Vivago can inform carers and relatives that a vulnerable person has left their home – valuable when somebody is concerned perhaps that the wearer doesn't answer the door or the phone. When they do leave the home, there is the option of a small keyring device to extend Vivago’s emergency call facility (with voice). Location is tracked and immediately available, and for those who may lose their way geo-fencing can be activated.
The pro-active Vivago approach enables monitoring and early intervention in numerous situations not previously possible.
The Vivago system saves costs by enabling timely treatment, better targeting of resources and earlier discharge from hospital.
How Vivago Helps in Care Homes and Hospitals
By virtue of its cellular design and almost infinite flexibility in implementation, care homes and hospitals can know where residents are and even provide access control. Care attendance can be monitored and audited. Actions such as regular turning are visible in the data.
Pain control can be more effectively managed, especially where patients are unable to communicate effectively.
With Vivago, care quality and wellbeing can be monitored beyond subjective assessment.
How Vivago Compares with Telecare at Home
According to the British Medical Journal, Telecare pendants are only worn 50% of the time and when people need to call for help, 80% of the time they don’t or can’t. While Vivago has an emergency call button, it’s a proactive system; the key component, the Care Watch, stays on the wrist all the time (and alerts carers if it’s removed). Other sensors can be added, but the watch provides protection for somebody who falls unconscious - something that telecare systems can’t help with. Carers and relatives of the watch wearer can check their wellbeing in an instant to find out how active they are, how much sleep they’ve had, whether they’re home or out of the house, whether they are asleep or awake as well as trends in their circadian rhythm.
What is Circadian Rhythm?
Circadian rhythms are produced by natural factors within the body. Circadian rhythm is the measurement of physical and behavioural activity over a 24-hour period.
Comparing the difference between daytime and night-time activity levels can give carers and relatives a very strong indication of the condition of someone's health. Circadian rhythm is measured from 0.0 to 1.0, with 0.5 representing an equal balance of sleep quality vs daytime movement. The lower the number, the stronger the difference between sleep and daytime activity. Therefore, 0.0 could be considered the 'perfect' number and would represent someone who sleeps without waking during the night and consistently sleeps for a healthy duration. During the daytime, this person would be highly active and not sleep at all.
To learn more about circadian rhythms and how they can provide an accurate representation of someone's health, view our case studies.