WHO launch a new global action plan on physical activity

Plan AcciónThe World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the new “WHO Global action plan on physical activity and health 2018-2030: More active people for a healthier world.”

Science has proven that regular physical activity is key to preventing and treating noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and breast and colon cancer. Moreover, it is important to note that NCDs are responsible for 71% of all deaths globally.

In addition, end physical inactivity is not only a health challenge, but also an economic one because the financial costs are huge. According WHO, physical inactivity cost US$54 billion globally in direct health care, of which 57% is incurred by the public sector and an additional US$14 billion is attributable to lost productivity.

For these reasons, the action plan recommends a set of 20 policy areas, which combined, aim to create societies that are more active and can moderate physical inactivity in adults and adolescents by 15% by 2030.

For the development of this plan of action, WHO had the collaboration of not only governments and national public institutions, but also key organizations in sectors such as sports, health, transport, urban design and civil society, besides the indispensable contribution of the academic world.

At Neat Group, we believe that that physical activity is essential for active aging. That is why we have developed technological supports, such as mobile telecare, to enable sports and outdoor physical activities autonomously and safely.

You can download the action plan here.

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BED, sensor for the efficient and flexible care of patients

Teleasistencia Avanzada BEDIn Neat Group, we are convinced that advanced telecare can guarantee the independence and security of older people and dependents people. Advanced telecare completes the traditional telecare services with complementary technological support inside or outside the home.

Today, we want to present one of those “complementary technological supports” that guarantees the safety of older people both in their own homes and in care centers. We are talking about BED.

BED is a device that alerts caregivers to the presence or absence in the bed (or chair) of a user. A wireless device which does not require any installation since it works with an AAA battery.

BED allows two types of configuration depending on the mobility of each user; for those with limited mobility, an alarm will be sent at the same time as the bed is left, allowing acting quickly and anticipating any damage that may be caused by a fall or accident.

For residents with better autonomy, a return time is established, sending the alarm only if the resident does not return within the established time.

In addition, BED can be programmed so when the user gets out of bed, the light of the room automatically turns on, thus minimizing the risk of falls.

If you want further information about BED, as well as the rest of the devices that complete an advanced telecare system, you can consult our website here.

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Mobile telecare reduces the isolation of older people

In this blog, we have already written about the problems that loneliness can cause to older people and how telecare can relieve their sense of isolation.

In this occasion, we want to focus on a very useful solution that can be of great help for the older people who do not resign themselves to live locked up in their home and want to socialize with their neighbors or friends without having to give up the sense of security that telecare offers them. We are referring to mobile telecare.

Technologies such as geolocation or wireless telephone networks make possible to use a small device with the same functions as the traditional telecare device. However, it is important to maintain the collaboration between technology providers, public administrations and service providers to be able to provide an efficient telecare service outside home.

Neat Group proposal´s for mobile telecare is NEMO, a small device, lighter and easier to use than a conventional mobile phone with which, through GPS technology, the older people will be always located in case they become disoriented or confused. In addition, NEMO has the traditional emergency button with which they can launch an alarm in case of fall or incident, which will allow emergency services to find and help them quickly.

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Older people already have their own graphic symbol

pictomayores65A “Graphic Symbol of Older People” was presented on June 8,  at the headquarters of the State Reference Center for Personal Autonomy and Technical Aid (Ceapat, by its acronym in Spanish) in Madrid, a freely used pictogram for the signage of spaces and uses preferential or suitable for the elderly.

This symbol is the result of the collaboration of Ceapat professionals and the LideA Forum (Senior Leadership, by its acronym in Spanish). In its preparation, the universal design and evaluation criteria recommended by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) were taken into account, for example, being applicable to both genders and conveying a realistic and positive vision of older people who actively participate and contribute to society. Throughout the process, more than 350 people participated, very diverse at a functional, generational and cultural level.

Although this symbol was conceived in Spain, its use and promotion are feasible at an international level.

This pictogram can be downloaded here.

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Neat Group gets updated ISO certificates

ISO SueciaWe are proud to announce that Neat Group has renewed ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 27001 certifications according to the new standards updated in 2015.

ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Changes introduced in the 2015 revision are intended to ensure that ISO 9001 continues to adapt to the changing environments in which organizations operate.

Some of the key updates in ISO 9001:2015 include the introduction of new terminology, restructuring some of the information, an emphasis on risk-based thinking to enhance the application of the process approach, improved applicability for services, and increased leadership requirements.

ISO 14001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS). It provides a framework that an organization can follow, rather than establishing environmental performance requirements.

According to Thea Dunmire, President of ENLAR Compliance Services, as part of the effort to structure all ISO standards in the same way, the revisions introduced in the 2015 version of ISO 14001 include incorporating a required high-level structure, using mandatory definitions, and incorporating common standards requirements and clauses.

Finally, the ISO 27001 standard contributes to fostering information protection activities in organizations, improving their image and generating trust for third parties. Further, this certification promotes the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information in order to ensure fundamental aspects in the management of it like only authorized persons can access the information; the methods of processing information are accurate and complete and authorizes users to have access to it at any time.

Maintaining the ISO certifications has been a complicated job in which all workers from Neat have been involved and led by our quality department, but we believe that it is necessary to maintain these standards in order to offer the best service to our customers.

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Neat Group and the Embassy of Sweden organize the conference “Leading digitalization in healthcare sector”

shutterstock_451442260The Embassy of Sweden in Madrid, in collaboration with the Neat Group, organized a session entitled “Leading digitalization in healthcare sector” last week. The aim of the conference was to exchange experiences based on the digitalization and the improvement in the quality of life of the elderly and disabled people.

The Swedish Ambassador in Spain, Lars-Hjalmar Wide, inaugurated the conference and gave a short presentation of the benefits of digitalization in healthcare sector. Malin Svensson, Commercial Counsellor of Sweden in Spain, stressed that the challenge of increasing the population in our societies, coupled with an increase in chronic diseases, makes us doomed to “develop solutions that improve the quality of life of people”. In addition, Svensson has presented Neat “as an example of a company that has become a supplier partner that favours digitalization while empowering the user. It is not possible to cope with change without a transparent and open dialogue with people”.

The next to speak was the founder of Neat Group, Adolfo Tamames, who in his speech spoke about the need of the sector to adapt to a digitalized world. “We must use all available tools to improve the quality of life of the elderly, without replacing the human factor and maintaining the humanization of care,” Tamames said, who also added that telecare services could prevent patterns of user behaviour thanks to artificial intelligence.

The conference had several professionals who presented some digitalization projects carried out outside Spain like Jérome Boissou who presented Eliot, the program of digitalization at home developed by Legrand; the technology strategy leader for the welfare of the city of Gothenburg, Asa Wall, who described some of the projects carried out in her city and Tom Morton, who explained how the healthcare is being developed thanks to the digitalization in Falkirk (Scotland).

Finally, important professionals of the health sector in Spain closed the event with a discussion about the current situation of digitalization in the healthcare sector.

Neat Group, pioneers of digitalization 

Neat is aware of the challenge for companies in the healthcare sector of transitioning from an analogue to a digital model. That is why, we have developed a wide range of solutions adapted to the digital world that allow our customers to offer their users totally renewed service models, adapted to people and their current and future needs. Solutions whose success supported by the 150,000 digital terminals already deployed internationally. A figure that is increasingly growing.

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Neat awarded with the Original Product SENDA Prize for the launch of NOVO

Premios SendaThe SENDA Awards come to its ninth edition and this year we have been awarded in one of its categories for the launch of our digital carephone, NOVO.

The purpose of the SENDA Awards is “to recognize the work of people, institutions, companies and professionals who improve the quality of life of the elderly people, as well as to promote personal autonomy and active aging”.

After years of research and development, we have incorporated the most advanced technology for social services into a completely new digital concept that will take telecare one step further. Because of that effort, we have created NOVO, a digital carephone that combines network capacity, ease of use and total security with a functional design that can be easily incorporated in any environment and any attention situation.

The prizes have also recognized important people and institutions such as the poet Maria de Prado Herranz, the theatre producer Enrique Cornejo, the provider of telecare services Ilunión Sociosanitario or the Junta de Extremadura, among other relevant people in the promotion of active aging and the care of older people.

The delivery ceremony will take place next Tuesday, at the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality in Madrid, in a ceremony chaired by Mario Garcés, Secretary of State for Social Services and Equality, and Matilde Pelegrí, president of the SENDA Group.

You can check the winners list here.

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