£44,000 NHS Digital grant awarded to bring AI into care homes

KareInn, an Electronic Care Planning platform have teamed up with Ally Software, who provide Acoustic Monitoring and registered charity Care Provider, Friends of the Elderly (FOTE) and  won a bid for a share of the Government’s £4.8 million, NHS Digital Pathways grant. This will assist in the roll out of the leading-edge technology across FOTE homes.

The groundbreaking partnership will enable the FOTE charity to link the KareInn and Ally systems together, to create an integrated service offering that directly benefits management, staff and residents at FOTE.

“The new service will look at individuals history and patterns, and pass insights and prompts from the night shift to the day shift to improve residents health and wellbeing”

Rachelle, CEO of KareInn explains. “It can predict whether something might be wrong, and is able to spot anomalies in patterns of health”. The tool helps staff by recommending a check, if it notices something worrying or unexpected.

“It can predict whether something might be wrong, and is able to spot anomalies in patterns of health”

— Rachelle Mills, CEO, KareInn

This is a real advantage over the old paper driven system.Having such a detailed dashboard of healthcare metrics means that care can be truly personalised for each resident through observations and trends using analytic patterns.

The Ally system uses highly sensitive acoustic listening devices to monitor and keep service users safe at night, and ensures service users are not disturbed when they are sound asleep, thus allowing for a better next day.

The technology can even help with early detection of possible chest and urine infections, and prevent falls, all delivered using smart phone technology.

Thomas Tredinnick, Co-Founder and CEO of Ally Labs, said “Ally Labs is thrilled to be working with Friends of the Elderly and KareInn. Together we have provided their service users with safer care and a better night’s sleep. Additionally, the opportunity to integrate our software with KareInn will set new communication standards between these types of technologies and improve the day to day lives of front-line staff”

Richard Macintyre, Director of Quality and Innovation at Friends of the Elderly, was delighted the charity had been one of the few not-for-profit providers to be awarded the NHS Digital Pathfinders Grant.

He said: “We’ve already had great success using the KareInn and Ally systems as small pilots and now this money will allow us to scale up and integrate both systems into one smartphone app and really exploit both systems full potential.

“I firmly believe that AI and machine learning has the potential power to transform the delivery of care for the sector. I am convinced Friends of the Elderly will be at the forefront of this revolution as the benefits for our service users are quite significant.”