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Senior Living Facility Launches Novel Pilot to Support Aging in Place

Mission Health is “in new territory,” Tina Thomas, senior vice president of operations, told Home Healthcare News. They are launching a pilot with digital health startup Reemo and business analytics firm Teradata to collect and analyze behavioral and health data not only on their own residents but also on potential residents who hope to age in their homes as long as possible.  

Founded in 2013, Reemo utilizes smartwatches and sensors to gather a variety of health data about seniors, and provides that in dashboards to caregivers, family members, and the older adults themselves…Teradata [is] a major business analytics firm that did $2.5 billion in revenue in 2015 and counts major health systems such as Harvard Pilgrim among its customers. Together, the companies believe they can deliver super-charged analytics and clinical insights about senior populations.

“We’d been chatting with Reemo and were very excited about the wearables, but it was the analytics piece that captured our attention,” Tina Thomas, senior vice president of operations at Mission Health, told Home Health Care News. “It’s a different platform than what we’ve seen.”

The Residence at North Ridge, a [Mission Health continuing care retirement community (CRCC)] in Minneapolis with 150 total units of assisted living and independent living, will be the site for the Reemo/Teradata pilot.

The pilot uses Samsung Gear S2 watches along with some in-unit sensors. Reemo co-founder and CEO Al Baker says that the watch’s “cool factor” is helping them recruit trial participants.

The devices capture information such as sleep patterns, number of steps, and heart rate. Taking these raw data points and being able to translate them into clinical insights is where Teradata—with its industrial-scale capabilities and previous work with massive amounts of health data—will be able to help Reemo and providers go the next level, according to Randy Lea, vice president of strategic initiatives at Teradata.

What makes this Mission Health pilot so novel is that it will also be offered to non-residents who hope to age in place as long as possible. In addition to building brand awareness in the community at large for Mission Health, the data can help caregivers and potential residents make informed decisions about when it’s time to move into assisted living, for example.

[Seniors] will be able to come into the CCRC on a regular basis for wellness exams…“This is new territory for us,” Thomas said. “Someone could come in once a month, and we’d look at her data, and say, you’ve got this many steps, your heart rate is x, we can do some other baseline assessments to help them make some decisions about their physical activity and what they can do to feel better, and to have better conversations with their doctors.”

Photo Credit: “Samsung” by Dennis Haslam, CC BY 2.0

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