COPD, an especially dangerous disease for the older

2548162908_83cf47bac8Today, November 16th, is the World Day against Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, better known as COPD, the fourth deadly disease causing more than three million deaths annually worldwide.

The initiative is organized by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, who this year chose the theme “Breathe in the Knowledge,” to emphasizes the meaningful actions patients can take to improve their respiratory health, at any stage, even before a COPD diagnosis.

COPD is a disease that obstructs the airway in a progressive and irreversible way causing a decrease in respiratory capacity, which causes a significant loss of quality of life and, if not treated properly, can lead the patient death.

Although there is treatment for almost any stage of the disease, early diagnosis is important when you want to cure it, so it is essential to note that the disease can be detected with a simple painless test performed with a spirometer and make the population aware those attitudes such as smoking, even with the popular e-cigarettes, are extremely damaging for lungs.

COPD particularly affects older adults, as a study by the University of Melbourne has shown, suffering from this disease increases the likelihood of falls. This is why it is important to be cared and feel safe at all times and able to, in the event of a fall or an asthma attack, quickly contact emergency services, so telecare is a fantastic tool for the care of these patients.

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Neat was present at a famous European convention in France

teleasistencia-lyonNEAT along with Legrand attended the European Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (EAHSA) Conference “Think European – Act Locally: New Business Models and Success Stories in the Provision of Care, Housing and Services for the Elderly”, held on 22nd – 23th September 2016, in Lyon, France.

The programme highlighted trends, ideas and practises throughout Europe that can be used to address local and unique challenges.

For a day and a half, 250 people from several countries participated in this event where there were a lot of interesting conferences, plus an exhibition area where NEAT & Legrand, among other multinational companies, presented solutions for assisted living, focusing on TREX solutions as a starting point.

Our participation was a big succes with several international visitors showed interest in our products.

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Neat Group hold important certifications from Microsoft and Cisco

Certificado.jpgThanks to the quality of its developments and products Neat Group has hold two important certifications, the Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and  the Select Certified SMB Partner.

In March past year, Neat Group received the latest renewal as Gold Partner of Microsoft in the competition Gold Application Development. Note that the Gold rating is the highest in the Microsoft Partner Program and it is also a competition that demonstrates a recognized level of expertise in a technical area.

This recognition certainly responds to a well done development work and consolidated by Neat, which since 2009 has maintained the status of Gold Partner of Microsoft; for this, Neat Group applications have been through Microsoft tests  for getting the certification in applied technology, with satisfactory results in all cases.

Likewise, in April 2015, Neat Group obtained the renewal by the company Cisco of the  “Select Certified SMB Partner”. Select is the new certification specially designed for partners selling Cisco solutions to SMEs. It also includes a number of benefits developed exclusively for certified partners.

This certification confirms the quality of the products that Neat offers to its customers, since Cisco is the worldwide leader in networking technology, such as switchers, routers, IP phones, servers, etc.

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The presence sensor of Neat Group

  • This device has a sensor that deactivates the alarm while the nurse assists the resident.
  • In a case of emergency, health professionals can send assistance alarms through this device.

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In order to help healthcare institutions to manage more efficiently the alarms launched by motion sensors, Neat Group has market a presence sensor in bed with innovative features that prevents service managers from receiving false alarms and allows the nurse to ask for help if the patient has a contingency.

This sensor is used in patients who, for their health, physical or intellectual, must remain in bed for long periods. It is also ideal for managing the care of residents during the night shifts.

Conventional devices, based on motion sensors to trigger alarms are designed to detect the presence of, not only the patient, but also anyone who comes into their range, which, each time a professional health enters the room to asist the resident, the alarm is released, alerting service managers who cannot immediately identify if it is a patient who has left the bed and need help or a false alarm caused by the presence of a nurse.

Our presence sensor allows the health professional to temporarily disable the system performance while attending the patient in his room and rehabilitate it as he leaves the room.

This device is not the traditional bed sensor that is placed under the mattress of the patient, but is a modern bed occupancy sensor consists of three components with innovative features: a motion detector, a device with three colored buttons green, red and yellow and the alarm receiver.

The motion detector is placed in a strategic position in the room, such as under the bed and when someone comes into its range, it sends a motion alarm; the alarm receiver -a mobile device carried by the managers of the service- identifies from which room the alarm has been sent, either motion, and assistance; the third element is the device with three buttons, placed on the wall of the room -usually in the doorway- and allows the nurse  to activate and deactivate the system.

The red button of the device also provides important functionality, when pushed, the health professional may issue an alarm for assistance to their partners, if the resident experiences an emergency, such as a fall.

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How do we ensure that a telecare terminal works properly?

Teleasistencia 1Security is critical when we send an alarm through telecare devices to ensure the wellbeing of users. To ensure that the terminals installed in the homes of users work properly and to avoid vulnerable situations that may occur in emergency times, our devices use auto test and technical alarms.

Auto test alarms are alarms that the terminal sends automatically and in a certain time, decided by the service providers, to verify that it works properly. The alarm is received by the alarm central that ensures the terminal is functioning properly.

Technical alarms report states like the charge of the battery or if there has been a power outage.

Neat Group devices perform more than 50 different alarms that ensure the proper functionality of the terminals and, in an emergency, guarantee that the user can communicate properly.

But now we are going to talk about the three most important alarms.

Auto test alarms: It is an alarm that is sent periodically in a programmable time determined by the service provider to secure the terminal can contact with the alarm receiving center, ensuring the proper functioning of the device.

Low battery alarm terminal: when the charge of the battery drops below a programmable threshold level, low battery alarm is sent to the alarm receiving center which shall send a technician to replace the battery.

Low battery alarm pendant: It works the same way as the low battery terminal, but applicable to pendants or bracelets worn by the user who presses the button of the pendant in case of emergency. The threshold level in this case is defined in the program.

In Neat Group, together with our customers, we do not cease in the pursuit of excellence to offer products and services with the highest quality and reliability.

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Neat launches its revolutionary digital connector D-TECT IP

D-TECT IPA device powered over Ethernet (PoE), which optimizes the response times.

Neat, in its eagerness to constant innovation of its products and services, has launched a new device called D-TECT IP, it is a digital connector for nurse care centers that reduces the response times of caregivers, saves costs and facilitates installations.

D-TECT IP connects wireless room devices, wandering systems and other sensors and communicates with the nurse call management system D-SERVER.

D-TECT IP is fed and receives data through the Ethernet network connection, allowing the use of the local network in the nursing home or Internet to transmit and store the information; it also ensures a secure installation in the cloud.

You can connect an unlimited number of D-TECTs IP, undoubted advantage if you want to expand the system patient-nurse care and wandering system in places where it is very difficult to provide optimum coverage with traditional call systems.

Also, this system is able to eliminate geographical barriers since you can install different D-TECT-IP units in several residences and manage them from a central device located in another geographic point, either another building, another city or even another continent.

With this new digital connector you can reuse existing structures, forget about cables and deploy installations in record time.

In addition, the installer does not need special training, he/she simply needs to know how to perform network installations and ready.

With D-TECT IP, caregivers, doctors and alarm managers receive emergency alarms instantly with which the patients are assisted immediately, thus raising the quality and speed of care.

This digital connector confirms once again the Neat´s commitment to the welfare of all health actors.

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Mobile telecare gaining ground against classical home telecare

Teleasistencia-NEMOSome weeks ago the Swedish consulting firm Berg Insight published one of its recognized studies about elderly care and, as a significant fact, emphasized that the mobile telecare market will reach 3.4 million users in Europe and North America in 2021.

It’s no wonder. In recent years we have witnessed a take-off in demand of such devices by the users who need an external aid to feel secure and want to maintain a high degree of independence that allows them to leave home for walks, socializing or just take care of their own business. In this way, these special devices offer them the possibility to feel safe and accompanied when they go out. So, this technology has become essential for companies that want to maintain a high degree of quality of life and independence for their beneficiaries.

To satisfy the needs of this group, Neat has developed Nemo, a mobile telecare device that allows to geolocate the elders at any time, inside and outside their homes, and providing them with greater autonomy.

In addition, Nemo features the classic alarm button the user can press to alert about an emergency such as a fall in the street, which will produce a call to the service center via the hands-free device.

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