IBM and Avamere partner on cognitive computing for the elderly


IBM and Avamere partner on cognitive computing for the elderly

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IBM and the Avamere Family of Companies, which includes Avamere Health Services, Infinity Rehab, Signature Hospice, Home Health and Home Care, are to conduct a six-month research study that will apply IBM cognitive computing to help caregivers improve eldercare at senior living and health centers.

By analyzing data streaming from sensors in senior living facilities, Avamere hopes to gain insights into physical and environmental conditions, and obtain deeper learnings into the factors that affect 30-day hospital readmission rates in patients.

Avamere is working with IBM researchers to monitor movement, air quality, gait analysis, factors that could lead to fall risk, and daily activities, including personal hygiene, sleeping patterns, incontinence and trips to the bathroom. IBM will then leverage its cognitive computing to analyze this streaming sensor data to help Avamere create and maintain a contextual understanding of its residents.

"By combining IBM's expertise in Cognitive Eldercare with Avamere's intimate knowledge of patients in the post-acute setting, we can gain insights that may help transform the way individuals age in place," said Dr. Ruoyi Zhou, Director of Accessibility Research at IBM. "Helping Avamere uncover new insights can help family members, caregivers, nurses and physicians identify potential risks and better prescribe care to minimize hospital readmission."

According to the United States Census Bureau, by 2020 there will be more people aged 65 and older than there will be children under 5, and this increase of older adults and their dynamic healthcare needs will require more intelligent solutions.

"Smarter care management and creative population health solutions are necessary to meet the ever-evolving needs of our seniors," says John W. Morgan, CEO Avamere Family of Companies. "Avamere has never shied away from taking on difficult problems. We successfully developed and initiated advance care management models and became a leader in value-based payment reform through the Center for (CMS) Medicare's Bundled Payments for Care Improvement pilot program. Collaborating with IBM Research for this project is the next step in how Avamere will deliver patient-centered quality care and outcomes through smart senior living settings."

IBM, Avamer, Eldercare, Cognitive computing, US