Three Square Market hopes to use its microchipping technologies for vulnerable patients
A leader in micro market technology, servicing markets in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, Three Square Market has been infamous in microchipping willing employees, and is set to take its technology to the next level.
Developing a new chip which will be powered by body heat, according to CNBC, the business will harness GPS technology and voice recognition software, and are looking to utilise the technology to support the healthcare sector and give vulnerable patients and their families greater reassurance.
At present, employees can use their RFID chip to open doors, log in to computers, and purchase snacks, with no GPS technology placed within the software.
If approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the new chip could become a potential gamechanger.
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"It's not only GPS and voice activation, it's working on monitoring your vital signs, and there are different medical institutions that obviously want that," said Patrick McMullan, President of Three Square Market and chip technology business Three Square Chip.
The technology could provide greater support to those with dementia and Alzheimer’s and provide a greater support to families and care givers.
In the upcoming months, the company has confirmed to Technology Review that it will be working with two hospitals, where healthcare professionals will be given chipped bracelets to wear, which will note when they are washing their hands, as a basic trial.
"You see a lot of discussion now about implants, and how they can take your heartbeat, get your blood glucose levels — you see Amazon just hiring a top-notch doctor, you see Walmart filing for patents on this.
“What we've really done is made it acceptable, or brought it to the forefront where people are now talking about it and looking at the benefits it can do for a person," added Three Square Market Chief Executive Officer, Todd Westby.
NHS care homes are better than private, report finds
A new survey has found that 60% of people with parents in NHS care homes believe the quality of care has improved, compared to just 49% of respondents with parents in private care facilities.
The survey was conducted by Kepler Vision Technologies, an AI-driven company formed at the University of Amsterdam. It was carried out among UK adults with parents over the age of 75.
Respondents cited more capable care staff and better monitoring systems as being the main reasons for improvement.
However those who do not have parents in assisted living facilities had a different viewpoint - in this case only 35% of respondents believe that NHS facilities are improving, compared to 32% who believe it is only improving in the private sector.
Only 18% of people whose parents live with them or independently believe care home staff are able to look after residents to a good standard.
Kepler Vision say this difference in opinion is due to perceived budget cuts and financial pressures, with 67% of people commenting that a lack of funding has had a negative effect on care in both NHS and private care facilities.
Other key findings of the survey include:
* Out of those who say quality has declined in care homes, 69% say the NHS is dealing with budget cuts and increased financial pressure, while 65% also said that the private system is dealing with these pressures too
* 55% said that they or their parent have money saved specifically to pay for their future care
* 35% said the idea of their parent in a care home makes them feel frightened, although 32% say it makes them feel secure
* 52% are worried about their parent catching COVID
* 47% are worried about their parent being lonely
* 46% are concerned they could fall over alone
The announcement of this research follows the UK government's decision to delay presenting its social care budget till the autumn.
Commenting on the research, Dr Harro Stokman, CEO of Kepler Vision Technologies said: “While it is good to see that people recognise the importance of staff and face-to-face interaction in elderly care, the huge gap in opinion between those with parents in care and those without shows that there are unfair negative perceptions around the residential care space.
"More can and should be done by care homes to give people the confidence that their relatives will receive the very best care - by highlighting the excellent work of staff and how well they are able to monitor resident’s needs with easy-to-use technology.”