Telegrafik: the technology from Toulouse that protects seniors
Article published on 5 May 2019, Author: Julie Philippe
Based in the Toulouse region for five years and specialising in the creation of intelligent software, Telegrafik helps seniors to stay independent for as long as possible. To this end, it has created two solutions for individuals and professionals alike.
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Vivago and Telegrafik are combining their connected monitoring and automatic fall detection solutions to more effectively protect nursing home residents and immediately inform nursing staff. The benefits of this complete and innovative device for nursing homes are confirmed after installation in a second establishment.
The watch created by VIVAGO and Otono-me Nursing Homes EDAO: a complete solution for protecting the elderly in nursing homes
After the success of the first interconnected solution in 2016, a second establishment was equipped in early 2019.
“The combination of the two technologies improves the safety of residents and the working comfort of nursing staff,” says Carole Zisa-Garat, CEO of Telegrafik.
On Thursday 25 April, Telegrafik had the opportunity to explain to Cédric Villani, a French mathematician and politician who was awarded the Fields Medal in 2010, how artificial intelligence is enabling seniors to live more independently.
Telegrafik is a 15-person company specialising in the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and the silver economy.
Our goal? To enable vulnerable or elderly people to stay independent for as long as possible in their own home, a seniors’ residence or a nursing home.
To remain living in their own homes
is a wish shared by 90% of elderly people in France
. However, figures show that 81% of falls occur at home.
To protect themselves, vulnerable people are equipped with remote assistance call buttons. When they have a problem, they rely on this call button to be put in touch with an assistance platform and for help to come.
There are also non-wearable solutions, such as Otono-me Home
, which complement the call button. These come in the form of sensors installed in the elderly person’s home, such as motion sensors and door sensors, to enhance protection of the individual.
On the occasion of the 3rd Occitanie edition of the “Women of the Economy” Award Ceremony 2019, Carole Zisa-Garat was the winner of the Social Innovation Prize.
This event, dedicated to talented women in the Occitania region, rewards and shines a spotlight on women with an exemplary professional background who actively contribute to the economic development of their region.
Following a consultation on the care of dependent elderly people launched 6 months ago, a report was submitted on 28 March 2019. For the government, the objective of this report—prepared by Dominique Libault, President of the High Council for the Financing of Social Protection—is to put in place specific short- and long-term solutions with a view to adopting a Dependency Act
by the end of the year.
This report, consisting of a synthesis of the lessons learned from the consultation, has resulted in 175 proposals being drawn up.
Below is our selection from the proposals selected by the government:
– Revaluation of home care services. This can be achieved by providing a tool that allows home help staff to effectively monitor the development over time of the activity of those they care for, thus giving meaning to their daily interventions;
In order to allow seniors to continue living at home independently, it is essential to be able to detect the early warning signs of vulnerability
before a fall.
Once an elderly person has had a fall, it is then likely that they will no longer be able to live alone at home.
Detecting a change in a senior’s activity in advance
Detecting a deterioration in a senior’s activity is helpful not only for their relatives, but also for professionals such as the managers of seniors’ residences.
In this way, they are able to provide more support if needed.
The goals are multiple: to act before a fall, reduce the risk of falling and prevent isolation.
Telegrafik launches itself on the “Smart Care” market
Article published on 12 March 2019, Author: Anne-Marie Véziat
Having just returned from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Toulouse-based start-up Telegrafik has revealed its ambition to scale up this year by becoming a Smart Care player. ”Our technologies have proved their worth and since our inception in 2013, we have implemented sixty projects which have been validated by our partners,” says company president Carole Zisa-Garat.
“It’s time for us to scale up, structure our sales team by hiring four new sales representatives in the second half of the year, and seek new partners.” And presumably also to have a second fundraiser. The first took place in early 2017 and enabled the company to launch its initial solution, Otono-me, a warning and vigilance system for vulnerable people.
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On International Women’s Day, the Mayor of Colomiers awarded the 2019 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Carole Zisa-Garat.
For this edition, the Gender Equality Advisory Committee of Colomiers has chosen to promote women’s entrepreneurship.
This award recognises Telegrafik’ s societal approach and its commitment to gender equality.
Telegrafik was at the 4YFN 2019 start-up event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, to launch its two new solutions, Otono-me One and Otono-me Five (learn more at www.otono-me.com).
Many personalities including the Catalan delegation accompanied by Nadia Pellefigue, vice-president of the Occitania region and responsible for economic development, higher education as well as research and innovation, had the opportunity to visit our booth and discover our solutions for ageing well at home, in seniors’ residences or long-term care homes.
The result? A great event for the Telegrafik team with many international contacts attracted by the Otono-me solution and the Telegrafik intelligent data analysis platform.
Until now, Telegrafik has evolved by providing its’ Otono-me service in the heavily regulated telecare market, making everyday life safer for the elderly as they lose their independence. The company announces the launch of two new products during the Mobile World Congress 2019, bringing Otono-me to the General Public.
Telegrafik enters smart home market
During the Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona from 25th to 28th February, Telegrafik announce the launch of Otono-me One and Otono-me Five, establishing their entry into the General Public smart home market.
Carole Zisa-Garat, founder of the young start-up, has a clear goal: “To offer a more accessible service, allowing the maximum number of people to look after relatives experiencing a loss of independence.”
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Telegrafik, the Artificial Intelligence in Care Services
Article published in the February edition 2019 Author: Juliette Viatte
Specialists in services relating to keeping elderly people at home and monitoring patients, the Start-Up Telegrafik launches their first “Nursing Home at home” in a few days. Founder Carole Zisa-Garat gives us more details.
The Silver Economy sector was relaunched on 22 October 2018 by Agnès Buzyn, French minister for Health and Solidarity. This was when the minister entrusted France Silver Eco to redraft a roadmap of the Silver Economy for the next two years.
The aim: speed up the process and put operational plans in place to broadcast potential practical solutions for vulnerable persons and their relatives as effectively as possible.
Keep reading to find out about the roadmap’s key points
1) The 3 cornerstones of the roadmap are to:
- Bring all active parties together.
- Popularise the Silver Economy.
- Facilitate the market release of existing services, making them known to the General Public more effectively.
The Nursing Home at home is a device allowing dependent elderly people to benefit from the technology available in Nursing Homes in the comfort of their own. The aim: allow people to continue to grow old in the comfort of their own home in complete safety, preventing potentially dangerous situations.
In fact, the desire for care at home is shared by seniors and their carers, but also by the State, as shown by the French Act on adapting society to an ageing population (ASV), from the 28 December 2015, which places an emphasis on care at home for the elderly.
Launched in 2015, the 3Pegase consortium, grouping together 6 industrial entities, has been working on the development of a system to prevent the loss of autonomy and to provide a follow-up service for frail elderly people.
Today, 3years after its launch,3Pegase signals the end of its project, issuing a very positive initial assessment which points to a larger-scale clinical study being conducted.
It was at the initiative of Telegrafik, a company specialising in home-support connected services for frail persons and in patient telemonitoring, that this project was created.
One objective: to provide frail elderly persons with a secure environment and to be able to monitor them more efficiently when they returned home after a period of hospitalisation.
3Pegase: anticipating the recurrent problem issues facing senior patients
It was in the context of the Easy Novcall for projects with the Midi-Pyrénées Regional Council, that the Gerontology Unit at the Toulouse University Hospital, the Toulouse IT Research Institute, Orange, Telegrafik, Telemedicine Technologies and Serena joined forces within aconsortium to implement the 3Pegase project (Predictive Platformfor Elderly People and Assistance). Its main aim was to propose a monitoring solution for patients at home.
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is a progressive disease particularly causing memory, thought and behavioural disorder
. More often than not, the signs of the disease appear slowly and evolve over time. Depending on the patients, the disease can develop more or less rapidly, usually over 5 to 20 years.
While the people suffering from the disease are invariably over 65 years of age
, it should be noted however that it is not exclusively linked to ageing. The onset of Alzeimer’s can be earlier, often between the ages of 40 and 50 for some 5% of people suffering from the disease.
The French population is continuing to age. INSEE (the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies) revealed that by 2050, one person in three will be over 60 . The people who will reach the age of 60 by 2050 are all already born. Longer life expectancies will only continue to increase in the years to come.
The existing solution for providing safety for elderly people at home is remote assistance with a call button. It means that they will receive assistance if they suffer a fall or are taken ill, for example. Unfortunately, elderly people sometimes refuse to wear their call button or don’t activate it in the event of an accident.
Otono-me, the innovative remote assistance that finally offers a real answer for elderly people who are losing their independence
Hard, soft… there are so many qualifiers when it comes to talking about falls in the elderly depending on whether the person falls suddenly or slips against a wall or leans on a chair before falling.
Here are some figures that show the need to prevent these falls:
- They are the number one cause of death in elderly people
- 20% require hospitalisation
- 9% cause a fracture (mostly of the femur neck)
- 40% of elderly people are referred to specialist institutions after a fall
These falls affect one in three seniors over the age of 65 each year.