Smart care solutions like Jubo, an AIoT senior care system, have come into the spotlight in the past few months.
With the pandemic speeding up the trend of digitalization of elderly care, the company behind Jubo reports a surge in demand for its digital tool for patient records as well as fever detection.
“We believe digitalization is the right trend for the nursing industry and all nursing facilities should better prepare themselves for future outbreaks. In the meantime, the Jubo team will continue developing COVID-related functions to meet customers’ needs during this unprecedented time,” said Jessy Kang, co-founder of Smart Ageing Tech.
COVID-19 accelerating digital health reforms
In the first half of 2020, the world witnessed the need for a well-functioning health care system, especially regarding senior care as nursing homes became COVID-19 hot spots in several European countries during the outbreak.
A failing nursing system makes not only the caregivers, but also the families struggle to stay on top of the situation.
“In a post-pandemic world, senior care should still be able to involve family engagement despite all the social distancing measures,” said Kang.
The company’s ultimate goal is to make sure senior care stays connected with its community and local health resources in a more efficient way.
With Jubo’s smart nursing information system (NIS), nurses can execute their records quicker. Utilizing artificial intelligence, Jubo alerts caretakers of any suspicious behavior, such as incorrect drug dosages.
It also helps care professionals monitor the health of elderly residents in real-time and suggests required actions.
Expanding to an overseas market
The Jubo Facility Solution has been deployed in 34 long-term care facilities, serving more than 3,500 elderly patients. The startup is now looking to expand its business to the North American market with a team in Vancouver to develop business partnerships with local software suppliers and potential nursing home clients.
The geriatric care market in North America is expected to be valued at US$ 421.6 billion by the end of 2025.
Smart Ageing Tech’s digital senior care solution is part of an emerging smart aging tech. By 2050, about a quarter of the world’s population (+ 2 billion) will be over the age of 60. To serve the health care needs of this massive market, the age tech market is expected to reach $2 trillion.
Lack of human resources
As the creators of Jubo see it, there are three main problems in the senior care sector: too few caregivers, fragmented communication, and a disconnect between seniors in care centers and their families.
“Lack of caregivers has become a severe problem in the long-term care industry, and we need to transform the labor-intensive industry. One thing that really concerns me is less and less young professionals are willing to contribute their expertise in this industry, so over the years there has been a limited number of newcomers entering the profession,” said Kang.
As an academic for more than 20 years, Kang has had countless discussions with friends in the industry about the senior care problem, but was frustrated by the lack of a real solution.
So he decided to tackle the problem himself and founded the company in 2018.
Jubo’s long-term care solution
The Jubo Long-term Care Solution is a platform that serves senior care facilities, health care professionals, and families by seamlessly automating vital sign measurements and nursing records.
With Jubo, caregivers can do their paperwork in a fraction of the time it normally takes, leaving them with valuable time to develop a closer relationship with those in their care. They also have more time to communicate with the residents’ families.
Jubo’s smart nursing information system collects the residents’ healthcare data from the IoT trolley and all the data is synchronized on the cloud.
In addition to Mandarin, the IoT trolley is powered with several languages, including English, Vietnamese and Indonesian, so that caregivers and nurses from these countries can also use the system.
The Jubo chatbot keeps family members abreast of their elderly family member’s health and general wellbeing.
The company believes that interaction with the chatbot will result in families being more engaged in care plans and daily activities of their loved ones in a long-term care facility.