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XeThru radar enables a new generation of elderly care monitoring solutions from Megahealth

After introduction of the medically approved M+ Smart Wireless Sleep Monitor last year, the Shanghai based medical electronics company Megahealth is now building upon their success with the introduction of a new complete elderly care monitoring solution also built upon Novelda’s XeThru UWB radar sensor technology.

Megahealth’s new elderly care health and sleep monitor

A few weeks ago, we posted an article discussing the challenge China is facing in regards of their aging population. According to the United Nations, China is aging more expeditiously than any other country in recent history,1 and it is estimated that by 2053, the number of seniors will surpass 487 million, representing 35% of the population.2 This is, without a doubt, creating an extreme demand for innovative solutions to assist in elderly healthcare.

Our physique changes as we age - so do our sleeping patterns

The amount of sleep needed gradually changes throughout our lifespan. Children and teenagers require more sleep than adults, and as we get older the need for sleep increases again with seniors requiring the same amount of sleep as adolescents – seven to nine hours per night.

Many seniors suffer from sleep deprivation, and not getting the right amount of sleep can cause a series of issues like depression, problems with memory and attention, increased chances for nighttime falls and several other undesired side effects. It is a common misconception that reduced sleep quality comes naturally as we age, but this is not the case. Even though our sleep patterns change with aging, sleepiness and disturbed sleep are not part of the aging process, but could be important signs of other health related problems.3 Thus monitoring and understanding sleep can provide valuable insight into a person’s general health, regardless of age.

Sleep, health and bed presence monitor - all in one!

Based on the same idea and concept as the M+ Smart Wireless Sleep Monitor, Megahealth is now taking their technology to the next level with their new elderly care health and sleep monitoring solution. The new elderly care monitor is built on Novelda’s X4M05 Radar Sensor enabling non-contact vital signs sensing. With Megahealth’s highly advanced signal processing the elderly care monitor has the ability to accurately monitor a person’s movement, respiration and heart rate. Through sophisticated analysis of these metrics the elderly care monitor additionally provides sleep stage analysis, sleep apnea pre-diagnostics and also have the ability to detect falls and bed presence.

One of the challenges to the aging population in China is that an estimated two thirds of older adults in China is living in rural areas, whereas China has experienced a substantial migration of young adults from rural to urban areas over the last decades. This migration has created a geographic separation between aging parents and their children.2

With the availability of such advanced and complete monitoring solution as the elderly care monitor, the family and caretakers are not only provided with a peace of mind and a good understanding of their elder’s health and quality of sleep, but can also get potentially life-saving notifications and alarms for any abnormal situation, allowing them to contact local medical personnel to check up on their loved ones.

As many rural areas might normally not have broadband and WiFi connections readily available Megahealth has also outfitted the units with cellular data connection. This means the elderly care monitor can be used anywhere in the world as long as cellular networks are within reach.

Both WiFi and cellular data connection is available

The elderly care monitor is available now and is currently being installed in several pilot installations throughout China.For more information please contact Wang Jian Jun, COO at Shanghai Megahealth: wangjianjun@megahealth.cn

For more information about the X4M05 radar sensor and its corresponding development platform go to https://www.xethru.com/xethru-development-platform.html

References
1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2017/02/21/chinas-aging-population-becoming-more-of-a-problem/#2de8f7bd140f
2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016718513000857
3. http://www.sleepeducation.org/news/2013/08/07/sleep-and-growing-older