On Monday 26 September, Connected Health and ORPEA Residences Ireland (“ORPEA”) began a pilot study of Connected Health’s airCeption device in two residential care homes (Figures 1-3), TLC Centre, Santry, and Kilminchy Lodge Nursing Home, Portlaoise. airCeption is a small neat device that “sniffs” the air for odours linked to incontinence. Where residents of residential care homes, living with incontinence, are unable to self-toilet or alert carers when an event occurs, airCeption will detect an event and, via a simple user-friendly app, alerting the care team. Early notification of an event allows for greater resident comfort, a proposed reduction in incontinence associated dermatitis, a painful skin condition requiring additional medical care, and increased efficiencies for residential care staff.
The airCeption pilot study is part of the Health Innovation Hub Ireland Open Call 2022 (link) where innovative companies have the opportunity to work with healthcare organisations to show the efficacy and value of their products in a live environment. These pilots highlight the benefits of novel solutions to the needs of patients, healthcare staff, and the healthcare system. In turn, successful pilots demonstrating value should be considered as must haves for modern patient centred healthcare systems.
Steven Griffin, HIHI Manager, Galway
This collaboration between Connected Health and ORPEA shows their dedication to develop and explore new and inventive solutions to improve resident care, quality of life, and operational efficiencies. This pilot is a great opportunity for an innovative company to highlight the benefits of their product in a live environment while improving conditions for the residents and staff.
Rebecca Vogel, Director of Technology and Special Projects, Connected Health
“We’re delighted to be working with the ORPEA on piloting airCeption with HIHI, incontinence is a huge issue in the elderly care sector in particular. We’re very excited to be in engaged in providing an incontinence management solution that will enable prompt changes and contribute to overall dignity for a patient as well as reallocate staff work capacity.”
John Kelly, Chief Technology Officer, Connected Health
“The insights derived from partnerships like these are invaluable for early-stage technology companies. The collaboration with ORPEA is exciting and will provide Connected Health with rich streams of use-case data, providing a deeper understanding of the impacts of airCeption® and how it advances incontinence care.”
Elaine Keane, Chief Quality Officer, ORPEA Residences Ireland
ORPEA is delighted to participate in this pilot study of airCeption with Connected Health and supported by the Health Innovation Hub Ireland in our homes in Kilminchy and Santry. As a committed and responsible provider, ORPEA’s ambition is to be a forerunner and innovator by anticipating the evolution of care delivery methods. By keeping a constant watch on innovative devices such as airCeption, and new approaches to care, ORPEA aims to provide itself with the means to offer solutions that are ever better adapted to the needs of residents, but also to the expectations of its employees.
Connected Health Ltd is an independent private home care provider. Connected Health’s services include home care, technology enabled care, remote health monitoring, community enablement, training and nursing agency services.
Health Innovation Hub Ireland
Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) brings enterprise and healthcare professionals together to ideate, evaluate, pilot and drive commercialisation and adoption of innovative technologies, products and services, while enabling greater innovation in healthcare delivery.
HIHI supports companies by providing access to the Irish healthcare system to support product development from early stage validation through to product pilots.
HIHI is a national government backed initiative supported by Enterprise Ireland and the Health Service Executive.