Healthsense Collaborates with the University of Minnesota and The Lutheran Home Association on Groundbreaking Alzheimer’s Study
Healthsense is honored to be supporting a five-year study being conducted by the University of Minnesota and The Lutheran Home Association to determine if remote monitoring systems can help those with Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss stay in their homes longer, reduce stress on family caregivers and potentially avoid costly emergency room visits or hospitalizations.
An article published by the Star Tribune on December 21, highlights this study and the experience of one of the study participants. Below is an excerpt from the article. Click on the link below to read the whole article.
“When you look at the landscape of services available to people with memory loss, a lot of them are reactive — something bad happens and then you get support, such as seeking out adult day programs or other long-term care services,” said Joe Gaugler, professor in the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing and leader of the study.
“What attracted me to this technology — if it works the way it says it does — is that this is an option that can actually prevent these negative things from happening and maybe serve as a proactive option for families to consider,” Gaugler said.
As the nation faces the specter of a rapidly aging population, rising medical costs and a future shortage of caregivers, technology may be a vital part of the solution.
The university’s study centers around a monitoring system developed by Healthsense, a Mendota Heights-based health IT company whose technology is being used by 23,000 people in 33 states.