Scots start-up lands £750k of funding in direction of AI for age-related well being points

A SCOTS start-up has landed £750,000 of funding because it goals to make use of AI to assist older individuals reside independently for longer.

Smplicare has landed the funding to discover the usage of commercially accessible wearable applied sciences to foretell the chance of falls and different age-related well being points.

The Edinburgh-based firm, based in 2021, will use the funds from UK Analysis & Innovation (UKRI) and personal traders for one of many UK’s largest analysis engagements of its variety involving AI, wearables and older adults.

On the conclusion of the examine, the startup plans to launch its digital platform inspiring older individuals to raised handle their very own well being for widespread use subsequent yr.

CEO and co-founder Garrett Sprague says expertise spending for older individuals has “exploded”. (C) Stewart Attwood Images

As a part of the examine, 300 people over 55 years outdated with a current historical past of falls shall be given a mainstream wearable system – corresponding to Fitbit, Garmin or Polar – to supply knowledge that can allow Smplicare to create an AI-powered algorithm that may predict and proactively alert to the chance of a future fall.      

Newest UK Authorities figures present near a 3rd of over-65s and half of over-80s fall at the very least as soon as per yr, incidents that value the NHS greater than £4.4bn yearly.

UK Authorities knowledge additionally estimates that older inhabitants (65+) will develop by greater than 5 million individuals by 2043, putting large added stress on the NHS and well being boards as age-related points and sicknesses rise.

Initially, the examine will concentrate on higher predicting the chance of falls, however the firm can even collect a variety of worthwhile insights impacting the UK’s aged inhabitants corresponding to physique composition, digital inclusion, and behavior change.

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Smplicare is supported within the examine by a group of main knowledge scientists at The Information Lab, Scotland’s Innovation Centre for Information and AI, who will analyse consumer knowledge and validate the AI-powered fashions.

Garrett Sprague, CEO & co-founder, Smplicare, stated: “Individuals typically say ‘older adults don’t use expertise’. That’s simply not true anymore.

“Expertise spending for adults over 65 – together with wearables – exploded throughout the pandemic, up 350% by some estimates.

“It’s not that older individuals don’t use expertise – the fact is that they’ve a low tolerance for dangerous expertise.

“Smplicare’s expertise is easy and permits customers to observe and handle their very own well being knowledge through our bespoke cellular dashboard which is co-designed alongside older adults.

“Our purpose at Smplicare is to empower the way forward for impartial ageing.

“Through the use of on a regular basis wearables and digital well being gadgets we’re harnessing the info from gadgets individuals have already got, to ship actionable insights that promote wellbeing as we age.

“The necessity is rapid and immense, given the quickly ageing inhabitants.

“This examine is among the largest ever performed, and it’ll present an enormous quantity of information that we’ll use to develop higher and higher instruments to allow people to handle their private well being and preserve their independence in later life.”

Brian Hills, CEO, The Information Lab, added: “With stress rising on the UK’s hospitals, care suppliers and well being boards, that is precisely the kind of data-driven innovation the nation wants proper now.

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“As an ageing nation, we are going to face a number of health-related challenges in future. AI and knowledge analytics are shortly turning into a go-to approaches to offer options to assist remedy these.

“Smplicare’s distinctive strategy is squarely centered on enhancing individuals’s lives in a significant and sensible means – an ideal instance of utilizing AI for the higher good.”