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16 February 2021 News

“We think it’s important to understand clients more thoroughly,” explains Inge Meijerman, Innovation & Projects Project Leader at Philadelphia Zorg. That is why we welcome them as a new partner in our HUME pilot project. Philadelphia supports people with disabilities throughout the Netherlands. They live at Philadelphia, receive intensive care or ambulatory guidance. “With all these people we like to look for possibilities and opportunities to live their lives as simply and independently as possible.”

Stress makes communication difficult
“Communication plays an important part in that, and caregivers within Philadelphia pay a lot of attention to communication with residents. Yet for people with difficult-to-understand behavior (MVG), it is sometimes difficult to communicate with caregivers. Especially when he or she experiences stress. Understanding and being understood becomes even more important at such times.”

A sock that measures stress
By working with the HUME, Philadelphia caregivers can better understand complex behavior of clients and recognize tension and stress earlier. Philadelphia is one of the first care institutions to start measuring with the Senti Sock. A sock with sensors that measures skin conductance, one of the indicators for stress.

We start the process with a personalization phase where the caregiver helps the HUME get to know the clients better. This involves the caregiver indicating every stress moment of the client in the HUME app for the first two weeks. In this way, pattern recognition is developed for the client. After these two weeks the HUME will be personalized enough to start with the Early Warning function, where the caregiver gets a signal from the HUME as soon as the stress in the client gets too high.

Inge: “We are happy to be able to work with Mentech!” And we thank Philadelphia for their trust and we look forward to this cooperation with great enthusiasm!


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12 February 2021 News

In the past few months we have been very busy preparing the HUME for use by care providers. Within two weeks, the first care institutions will start measuring with the HUME v2.0! But what does the updated version of the HUME includes? Please read further in this news item.

 

HUME V2.0

There are two sensors that we use to measure with the HUME v2.0. Unlike before, we can now measure with the SentiSock. This is a sock with sensors that we have developed and produced internally. Currently, the sock is able to measure the skin conductance of the wearer. The second sensor, the chest strap, measures the client’s heart rate and movement.

The sensors can now be connected to the HUB. This is important so that data from the sensors is sent to the cloud. The HUB is an app on a phone that takes the caregiver step-by-step through the process of how to put the sensors on the client and how to link them to the app.

Once the data from the sensors is sent to the cloud, the data is processed through behavioral models and converted into stress-related information. Both the static and dynamic models are highly accurate in the HUME v2.0. This means that we can distinguish stress from movement.

Also, it is now possible to personalize the model per person. In this way, the caregiver is asked to give input to the HUME at times when a client is experiencing stress. In this way the HUME gets to know the client very well and can recognize and predict stress even better.

The information from the behavioral models is forwarded to the dashboard app that the caregiver can operate. In this app, the caregiver can indicate which clients she wants to add. In this way the caregiver can keep a close eye on the stress level of the clients!

 

Features

The HUME v2.0 is now able to support the caregiver in three areas:

  • Early Warning function

Early intervention in the event of an escalation can limit the consequences of the escalation such as self-harm

  • Diagnostics

Investigating the cause of escalations or unusual behavior

  • Effect measurement

Measuring the effect of an intervention in approach, offer of activity, change in medication etc.

 

Are you curious how the HUME v2.0 can help you? Please contact us at: and together we will look at the possibilities!

 


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15 January 2021 News

Does the Feelix app contribute to measuring the quality of existence and improving the quality of life? That is the main question of the research of student Kyaro Geeven. Through an effect study with various networks within Severinus, he researches the answer to this question.

Kyaro starts his research by clearly identifying the network around the client together with the legal representatives of the EV(M)B clients. The network consists of all those involved around the client, which can be family, relatives, care institution employees, volunteers, etc.

Subsequently, the entire network is added to the Feelix app so that they all have access. In the app, 9 happiness questions related to the quality of life of the client are added. Based on the answers to these happiness questions, goals are set that contribute to a better quality of life for the client.

Now it is up to the entire network to do as many activities as possible with the clients, which contribute to the goals and ultimately to the quality of life for the client! Once the networks have used the app for a longer period of time the effect can be measured. The happiness questions will be answered again and it will be assessed if the app contributes to measuring the quality of life and the improvement of the quality of life.

As soon as the results are available, we will of course share them!


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12 January 2021 News

We look back on 2020 as an impactful year despite COVID-19. A year in which we had the opportunity to further develop the HUME. A year in which we started working proudly with new partners. A year in which we welcomed a new investor and new enthusiastic colleagues. A year of which we have put together a number of wonderful highlights in this video. Watch & enjoy!

 


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14 December 2020 News

The HUME works with multiple sensors to measure stress. At the moment we use the Movesense which goes around the chest and the Empathica, a strap around the wrist. The sensor around the wrist is not very comfortable to wear all day, that’s why we are developing our own wearable in-house.

This will be a foot sensor, integrated in a sock or in a patch. This makes the sensor less visible and less vulnerable. This foot sensor can measure physiological data such as skin conduction and acceleration.

We will continue to develop this foot sensor in the coming year so that it can also measure skin temperature and heart rate in the future. Furthermore, we are investigating whether we can integrate a similar sensor in other garments, such as a shirt or a glove.

 

Picture: Freepik


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9 December 2020 News

On Friday, December the 4th, Evert Jan Slootweg, CDA Member of the House of Representatives, and Christo Weijs, CDA City Council Member of Eindhoven, visited Mentech in Eindhoven. The reason for this visit was Evert Jan’s question: which bottlenecks are experienced by companies that develop care innovations for long-term care?

Evert Jan is a member of the House of Representatives and also a member of the permanent committee Public Health, Welfare and Sport and is very interested in innovations in healthcare. We have been seeing for years that the demand for quality care in the Netherlands is steadily increasing and the ability to provide this care remains the same. In our view, supporting technology plays an essential role in answering this additional demand for quality of care. Evert Jan: ‘I think that an invention such as Mentech’s will help us to answer the demand for care much better in the future. As a result, care providers will be able to work much better and people will have a much higher quality of life. It was a lot of fun to see what you can do with technology, to make people feel happier and at least understood’.

Thanks again, Evert Jan and Christo, for the visit. We very much appreciated your interest in the HUME and the open discussion. Hope to see you soon!


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1 December 2020 News

A few months ago we applied for the title ‘Most innovative company in the Netherlands’ at the Chamber of Commerce. And we are proud to announce that we have been chosen for the top 100 most innovative companies in the Dutch small and medium-sized business of 2020. On Thursday, January the 21th is the final and we hope that we will be among to the finalists! Check out our participation via this link.


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26 November 2020 News

To introduce the theme of Innovation & Technology during the Kick-off policy framework economy 2030 of the Province of Noord-Brabant, Mentech Innovation was asked to think about what is now needed for start-ups in Brabant to be able to continue, Eric Riegen explains it in this video!

 


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