In this MEDICA.de interview, David Meier explains how QUMEA's radar technology provides a unique solution for anonymous patient monitoring and reveals why the Swiss healthtech startup is participating in this year's MEDICA START-UP PARK.
Mr. Meier, what is QUMEA?
David Meier: QUMEA is a mobility monitoring tool that employs state-of-the-art technology to make easier to deliver effective care. Anonymous 3D radar technology monitors vulnerable patients and residents to alert healthcare staff about a patient's mobility status. This provides an early warning system when patients attempt to leave their beds unassisted, ensuring the patient receives assistance before he/she has left the bed. This method delivers effective fall prevention. QUMEA also measures and records the activity of patients and residents, thus supporting behavior analysis and validating therapy decisions.
How does activity monitoring support therapy decisions?
Meier: Our activity curve allows caregivers to retrospectively track the patient's or resident's sleep habits. It indicates whether the patient slept well, whether he/she responded well following the previous evening's therapy and whether sufficient pain relief was administered. QUMEA is also used in nursing homes where this mechanism also helps monitor the dosing of sleep medications.
How does the system work?
Meier: The system consists of three simple components: the sensor, the QUMEA Cloud and the QUMEA app. The sensor is mounted on the ceiling and detects the slightest changes in movement. The raw data is sent to our proprietary Cloud, which subsequently makes AI-based action recommendations. Users are alerted via sounds and imagery thanks to our intuitive mobile app. QUMEA tells caregivers whether patients attempt to sit up, experience restlessness, bed exits or falls. If patients who are at risk of falls wake up, sit up or stand up, the system alerts the nursing staff immediately. This reduces the risk of falling and fall-related injuries – without restraining or preventing the patients from moving.