A preventative health-care system developed at the University of South Florida that has already been tested at one assisted-living facility and is currently being evaluated at another. The system uses an RFID application developed with Silent Partner Technologies to track residents’ movements. These movement patterns are then mined for clues that could indicate early stages of dementia.
Many researches have linked wandering behaviors with dementia. This tendency causes individuals to wander from their homes and is one major reason their families place them in assisted-living facilities or nursing homes for their safety where they can be closely monitored. Silent Partner Technologies has contributed in the USF research by successfully implementing an RFID tracking solution. It is already being employed increasingly within these facilities, where the technology can be combined with an alarm system designed to prevent residents from leaving the facilities unaccompanied.
Read more about RFID patient tracking and the USF dementia research study.