The ilogs safety watch “James” ticks for quick help in care
The Klagenfurt ilogs Group has developed a safety watch with an integrated e-health system designed to save lives.
Report of the Kleinen Zeitung by Livia Steiner, 13.07.2019
The Carinthian company “ilogs” has developed a new software product: A safety watch with the integrated e-health system called “JAMES” for the care of elderly people. The main function of the watch is to send a signal in case of an emergency so that help will come as soon as possible.
The emergency contact can be either a family member or a hospital in case of a more serious problem. For faster assistance, the location is also shared. The tele-care system of the ilogs group is currently used by 100 people in Carinthia. The safety watch also regularly transmits data such as weight and blood pressure directly to a care center, where a responsible nurse is notified if certain values are abnormal.
With these innovations in the health sector, the company has established itself as the “world market leader”. The head office is in Klagenfurt, but with locations in Vienna, France, England and the USA, this Carinthian company has a turnover of 10 million euros per year. A new project is particularly close to the heart of managing director Walter Johann Liebhart: “Many people recognise too high blood pressure too late”. Therefore, a new version of the safety watch is currently being tested in Poland. Three million people will be equipped with the device, which is intended to detect problems early.
Research from Carinthia – FH Seniors take control into their own hands
New technologies enable elderly people to monitor their health. The FH Carinthia conducts tests for this purpose.
Blood pressure values, weight, blood sugar levels, heart rate. The so-called “vital parameters”, which should be monitored regularly in old age, are not easy to keep track of. Chronically ill or elderly people in particular face the challenge of having their “values” under control.
Technology can help – and improve the quality of life of the elderly. This is at least the ambition of the FH research project “Smart VitAALity”, which is being promoted in the Engineering & IT study area. The person in charge is Johannes Oberzaucher, whose area of expertise lies in medical information technology:
“The system we are testing is designed to enable elderly people to monitor their health themselves and thus give them back some control over their lives.”
110 households in Ferlach, Klagenfurt and Villach have already been equipped with a tablet computer and a Smartwatch. The devices enable pulse measurement, movement control and an alarm function to call for help. The project is not only about medical issues, but also about social issues:
“We want to encourage the participants to communicate with each other. For this reason, we have also set up a digital neighborhood assistance service, which can be used to request support from the surrounding area for minor everyday problems. This should stimulate social interaction,” says Oberzaucher.
But also in medical matters the users are not left alone: The recorded health data is monitored by medical staff who can intervene in an advisory capacity if necessary. There is no need to worry about data security, assures Oberzaucher: “We use state-of-the-art encryption”.
The pilot test is primarily intended to examine the suitability of such technical support systems for everyday use and their effect on the quality of life for senior citizens – and also to clarify whether a business model is behind them. Because demographic change is progressing, geriatric care will not be possible without technical assistance.
“We can already see that senior citizens’ acceptance of technology is very high,” says Oberzaucher.
ABOUT THE PROJECT Smart VitAALity is based on the concept of Active and Assisted Living (AAL). Senior citizens should gain more independence with technical support. The project is endowed with 1.2 million euros, with Joanneum Research, ilogs mobile software and Hilfswerk Kärnten on board.
MEGA DEAL: Carinthian software for Chinese Olympic stars
What do Carinthia and China have in common? A lot more since this week! Because a IT company in Klagenfurt is now the partner of the largest Chinese sports association. With the help of the intelligent training software from Carinthia, the top athletes from the Middle Kingdom should mature into Olympic champions!
Making everyday life easier. With this project, the experts at “ilogs” Klagenfurt began developing mobile phone and computer solutions many years ago.
Outstanding examples are the parking reservation system for international airports or the GPS emergency call (“Safe Motion”); which can save lives in an emergency.
2011 saw the breakthrough into the international sports world with the start-up “SimpliFlow”.
“With this software you can document every training unit digitally and with pinpoint accuracy.” Every coach can immediately see how his athlete is in shape – even when he is not on site,” explains founder Patrick Sadovnik.
Many international top clubs and also NHL stars (whose names remain secret) rely on the Carinthian invention.
In the future, China’s sports stars – like Olympic champion Han Xiaopeng – will also rely on it. Because “SimpliFlow” becomes a partner of “Irenaworld”, the leading sports organization in China.
The goal is to use the software to reach for gold at the Winter Games in Beijing 2022.
“We are also helping with the development of winter sports in China.” There is much in the making,” says co-founder Walter Liebhart.
In return, the Chinese partners and SkywoodCapital will join SimpliFlow as partners. The way is paved for the global expansion of the Carinthians.
Technology hot spot Carinthia: Innovative mobile IT solutions from Klagenfurt
LR Dobernig visited several technology companies – Important jobs for technology location Carinthia.
During a company visit, technology officer LR Harald Dobernig got an overview of the innovative mobile IT solutions offered jointly by ilogs mobile software GmbH, ilogs information logistics GmbH, geolantis gmbH and SimpliFlow GmbH at the Schleppekurve site in Klagenfurt.
“Thanks to the company ilogs, together with its partner companies in Klagenfurt, creative ideas and solutions for mobile end devices such as smartphones or notebooks are developed, which are in demand both in Carinthia and internationally. I am pleased that such innovative companies are operating successfully in Klagenfurt”, emphasises Dobernig and refers to the creation of important jobs for the technology location Carinthia.
Only recently ilogs, together with social affairs officer LR Ragger, implemented the Pflegeplatzbörse (Nursing Place Exchange), with which nursing place seekers can obtain an overview of the available places in their area with just a few clicks. But other applications in the social sector are also very successful, such as the MOCCA platform, which was recently awarded the eHealth/telemedicine prize “E.T. Award 2012” for innovative patient communication. This covers the nursing and care process from the inpatient and mobile (outpatient) sector to innovative assistance systems and services for telemedicine.
Geolantis is the specialist for mobile applications and processes for the acquisition and management of line and cable networks as well as road and rail networks using geodata and GPS systems. Mobile sports and health systems are developed by the company SimpliFlow.
New emergency system from Carinthia
A company in Klagenfurt has developed a new information system for emergency doctors and hospitals that speeds up the care of emergency patients. In Vienna and Graz it is already in use, in Carinthia negotiations are still ongoing.
Seamless chain of information “Medea” is the name of the system that enables a continuous information chain from alerting the Red Cross to the settlement with the health insurance company. The software was developed by the Klagenfurt company ilogs.
Data collection directly at the emergency siteAll medical data are entered into the program at the same place where the emergency occurred. For example, in addition to the patient’s personal data, symptoms, medication and all initial measures taken are recorded.
For this purpose, the emergency doctor is equipped with a particularly robust laptop, which is with him during all rescue operations. The device can even fall into water without being damaged and can also withstand great vibrations.
User-friendliness as a central element The challenge was to make complicated technology user-friendly, said project manager Franz Waldher.
“When developing such a system, it is very important to give the emergency doctor a very simple way to document data. These must then reach the hospital by a safe, reliable method,” says the expert.
Crucial for quality control of doctors Once all data has been entered into the information system, it is sent to the target hospital while still on site. When the patient arrives there, doctors and nurses already know everything about the emergency and are perfectly prepared for further treatment.
Emergency physician Dieter Kopper: “The entire data acquisition is very important for the quality control of the physicians, because it allows us to track what has happened to the patient so far and what happens to him. The recorded data can be further processed in the hospital. Finally, the health insurance companies can then use the e-card to transfer the data for billing. This makes the administrative process much easier”.
Successful application in Vienna and Graz If the purchase costs and service life are offset, the system costs around ten euros per use, say the developers.
The system is used about 800 times a day for the Vienna ambulance services. It has also been successfully in use in Graz for a year. The purchase is still being negotiated in Carinthia.