Neat participated in a very enriching virtual meeting on innovative residential technology

Neat has been part of the webinar entitled Innovative technology for residential care centres organized by Infogeriatría on June 22.

The purpose of this meeting was focused on analyzing and debating the need for technological investment in the post-covid scenario, the need for strategic alliances and integrable and interoperable technologies that allow providing a comprehensive care to residents.

In this forum, in addition to Neat, Iseco and everis were present. Three companies that have joined forces and are complementary in the market with the aim of presenting solutions that are integrated with each other in order to meet the real needs of the centres.

Gonzalo Castellanos, commercial director of Neat for southern Europe and America, focused his presentation on the relevance of innovation in residential centres, highlighting that “innovation is an investment in the future” and explaining that “innovative technologies are the tools to be more competitive, improve the quality of what each company contributes to society, optimize resources and reduce costs ”.

For his part, Vicente Collado, director of the HealthCare area at ISECO, spoke about the digitalization of residential care centres and showed that “technology is capable of giving us security, improving comfort and increasing communications, something that we have been missing in residential care centres during the toughest months of the pandemic”.

Collado also stressed that the most important reason for digitalizing a care centre is “to gain time to improve the quality of care.” A care professional “should not waste time on trivial things like writing down the number of a room on a piece of paper or going to the nursing station to transcribe a piece of paper, because this is already done by a system by itself; that time saved can be used to hold the hand of an older man, help him to have a teleconference with his son or to talk with him for a while…”.

Antonio García Parada, Manager Health & Social Care at everis, presented the third talk on social convergence. Parada explained that after the pandemic, different aspects of the healthcare field will be accelerated, such as the person-cantered care model and social and healthcare convergence. In this regard, Parada insisted that social care and health care “are going to be integrated, and not only coordinated, to provide adequate care for each resident.”

On this matter, Castellanos stated that “one of the main objectives of integrating solutions is to offer residents and care professionals a 360-degree care.”

The moderator of the event was José Henríquez Navarro, director of Infoedita. 

In the following video you can re-watch the webinar in its original Spanish language:

Wandering control with D-POS system

The safest and most effective care for residents of health centers.

The wandering control system designed by Neat is an innovative wireless solution which ensures healthcare facilities become open areas in which residents can walk around freely.

The technology for the control of wanderers allows for the configuration of an unlimited number of accesses, authorizing or denying the movement of residents in accordance with their profile, thereby facilitating carers´ work by creating controlled and safe areas for residents in a simple and functional manner.

The system will always identify both the wanderer and the area he/she is attempting to access, sending an alarm to the carer´s device to enable he/she to act in a rapid and efficient manner.

The resident will wear a wristband bearing the policy for permitted and/or denied access. When a wanderer approaches a restricted area, the system will send an alarm to any receiver carried by the healthcare professional.

Advantages for your facility:

  • Enables the control of all areas regardless of their size
  • Customized configuration for each resident
  • Removal of bolts and barriers
  • Locks / unlocks entrance doors, lifts

Neat participated in a virtual seminar where it endorsed its commitment to people’s health and safety

In order to expose how Neat technology has contributed to the management of the health crisis caused by COVID-19 in a professional and efficient way, Neat was present at the webinar Assistive technology solutions against COVID-19.

During the webinar, a detailed account was made of the solutions that since the beginning of the pandemic have helped telecare service providers and care professionals in residences and hospitals to provide higher quality care to patients, users and residents preventing the spread of the coronavirus and protecting the safety and health of people at all times, mainly the elderly, who belong to the most vulnerable sector of the population.

Gonzalo Castellanos, commercial director for southern Europe and America at Neat, pointed out that when the health crisis began, Neat was clear that the first step that had to be taken consisted of “ensuring the continuity of production, for this, shifts were adapted and security measures were taken to the extreme, which made it possible to guarantee the supply of solutions during the toughest months of the pandemic ”.

Having achieved this goal, Neat focused on installing its wireless assistive solution in record time. “This technology was deployed in more than 20 field hospitals mainly in Italy and Spain. Hotels were also equipped and technology was installed in isolation rooms as well”, Castellanos stressed.

For her part, Sonia Zapico Díaz, Asispa’s telecare director, took part in the webinar recognizing that “technology is always a fantastic ally to provide well-being” and that “the future of telecare services goes through digitalization”. In its commitment to innovation, Zapico said that they already have more than 7,000 digital terminals installed, which “makes them a benchmark within the social health field in connected care.”

Zapico also emphasised the reasons why telecare has become more relevant during the pandemic: “the ability to accompany and the possibility of immediate care for the elderly without face-to-face contact.”

David Miró i Sumarroca, general director of Miray Consulting, also participated in the webinar presenting the success story of the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital, in Catalonia, where a modular expansion of the centre has been carried out, which has been equipped with the Neat wireless nurse call system. Miró explained that the objective of this project was “to minimize the risk of contagion by making the workflow as efficient as possible and the patients being treated in the shortest time possible” and for this it was necessary to comply with the technology requirements of the expansion: “reliability and effectiveness”. He also highlighted the satisfaction of the healthcare staff with “an easy-to-use and install solution.”

The conclusions of the event were exposed by José Carlos Escamilla, director of business development at Neat, who made it clear that “The future of healthcare services cannot be conceived without connected systems.”

The webinar was held on November 17 and more than 100 professionals from the social and healthcare sector were connected live. It was organized by InfoEdita and its manager, José Henríquez Navarro, presented the speakers and briefly described the program of the event.

You can access the full webinar (in Spanish) through our YouTube channel:

Neat deploys its assistive technology at the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital in Catalonia to support the management of the pandemic

Installation of solutions in record time

With the aim of providing better care to semi-critical patients with coronavirus disease and minimizing the risk of infection for healthcare personnel, the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital has carried out a modular expansion of the centre, which has been equipped with the Neat Wireless Nurse Call system so that healthcare professionals can organize workflow more efficiently and people receive higher quality care.

The expansion is made up of 2 floors with 4 wings each, where 216 people can be accommodated with independent cubicles for the treatment of infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

The technological project has been carried out by Miray Consulting, Neat distributor in Spain. In each wing, Miray Consulting has installed a wireless nurse call system consisting of pull and push buttons. In addition, the caregivers have been equipped with 32 alarm receivers.

The patient only has to pull the device or press a button to request assistance. Given that the receivers are portable, the professionals are fully mobile and can receive the patient’s call at any point in the healthcare facility where they are.

In this time of crisis, assembly of technology in hospitals and temporary health facilities has to be carried out quickly, without affecting the work pace of professionals. The start-up of this wireless solution at the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital took place in less than a week to provide immediate service to the wings of the new building that demanded greater urgency before the summer, in anticipation of possible outbreaks of the pandemic.

David Miró, general manager of Miray Consulting, highlighted that “the most significant advantages of the implementation of a Neat system compared to other manufacturers are the speed of its assembly, configuration and start-up of the solution, as well as its versatility, ease of expansion and excellent value for money ”.

Likewise, the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital is being highly benefited by the reliability of the system and the materials of the equipment, specially designed for effective hygiene.

The Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital is a public health centre, located in the Can Ruti area of Badalona (Barcelona); it is one of the most important hospitals in the autonomous community of Catalonia, being a national benchmark in various areas of health.

This hospital maintains a clear commitment to excellence and professionalism reflected in its mission: “To promote and improve the health and quality of life of the people of our territory through excellent, comprehensive and integrated healthcare, generating and sharing knowledge.”

At Neat and Miray Consulting we are very proud to be able to accompany the health personnel of the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital in managing the crisis of the COVID-19 disease and we are committed to continue collaborating with what we have being doing for more than 30 years: offering solutions that help the most fragile and those who most need our support.

Neat participated in a virtual meeting called “Digital technologies in nursing homes”

ADD Informática held a webinar in which it convened a group of specialists in the sector to discuss technology and digitalization in nursing homes. The purpose of the event was to join efforts to find residential technological solutions that improve the lives of older people.

The main presentation of the event was given by Robinson Cuadros, geriatrician and president of the Colombian Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Cuadros is one of the leading representatives of geriatric medicine in Colombia and during his talk he showed how new technologies can improve and facilitate management in senior centres.

Also, as a special guest, was attended by Juan Rojas, a Neat client and director of the nursing home Calucé in Colombia, who shared his experience and the peculiar way of managing the nursing home he runs. This nursing home is a pioneer in caring for people respecting their previous personal environment, since this care centre allows residents, for example, to take their pets, furniture and any other belongings of sentimental value to the nursing home.

Likewise, Rojas insisted on the importance of investing in a technology not only aimed at the elderly, but also at the caregiver in order to reinforce both the quality of care and user satisfaction.

Roberto Tortorella, head of sales in Latin America at Neat, participated in the debate, making clear the differences between investment and spending on technology. “An investment has a return over time and an expense is a exchange of money for a service at a certain time,” Tortorella highlighted.

Furthermore, Tortorella commented that “before the investment was made in the construction improvements of the residential buildings, now, the investment is focused on technology since service providers have proven that it is the perfect ally in the care of older people, in addition to recognizing the essential role it has played in managing the COVID-19 pandemic. ”

More than 60 professionals of healthcare sector attended this event.

Neat makes available an assisted living solution that allows securely zoning nursing homes

Professional protection of residents’ health.

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The health crisis caused by COVID-19 has brought devastating consequences. The population group most affected by their vulnerability has been the elderly. According to official figures, 60% of those who died of coronavirus in Spain were residents in nursing homes.

After having overcome the hardest stage of the pandemic and faced with the possibility of outbreaks, some Autonomous Communities are considering reinforcing the zoning measures for nursing homes and social health centres in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus without compromising quality in the care of residents. In Castilla y León, for example, the zoning of residences is aimed at enabling a zone free of COVID-19, another for those affected by the coronavirus and one more for quarantine.

Neat joins the urgent purpose of protecting the health of residents and to achieve this, it has made a non-intrusive care solution available to nursing homes. This technology allows residents to be in the area that corresponds to their needs, providing them with greater security and more dignified care.

In addition, this system guarantees essential benefits, for example, through professional and discreet monitoring, it is possible to know the location of the residents, open doors without having to touch the doorknobs, configure permits to access areas and most importantly, both caregivers and residents can send alarms to request assistance.

Thanks to this solution, there would be no need to keep residents isolated in their rooms 24 hours a day, since it would allow them to safely enjoy the designated areas and automatically prohibit them from accessing restricted areas to avoid possible contagion.

Users should only wear a modern alarm transmitter bracelet and caregivers should carry a portable alarm receiver, which gives them total mobility.

At Neat, we will continue working to help manage the coronavirus crisis by doing what we have been doing for more than 30 years: offering solutions that help the most fragile and those who need our support the most.

Panic system for healthcare professionals

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COVID-19 has brought hospital centers to the brink of collapse, thereby creating moments of tension that are very difficult for professionals to manage. For this reason, today more than ever, it is necessary to emphasize the importance of assuring professionals that they can carry out their work in a safe environment.

At Neat we have been committed for years to developing highly reliable technological systems that guarantee the safety of professionals. For example, the panic button, a system designed to avoid risk situations that health professionals may suffer.

Geared to healthcare facilities with a psychiatric profile, it enables healthcare professionals to work in a far safer manner due to the fact they can ask their colleagues for help, which undoubtedly reduces the stress working with and helping this kind of patient involves.
This system features unlimited growth, meaning the number of users, accesses and areas can be increased in accordance with the facility´s needs at any given time, whereby different levels of care can be established pursuant to the critical status of the event in question.
How does it work?
Health professionals should wear a bracelet or wristband with a button to be pressed in the event of a situation of danger or risk. The system will register all the entrances the health professional has passed through, generating the most recent position together with the push button alarm.
Advantages for your facility:
  • Compatible with all other Neat residential solutions.
  • Customized settings for each healthcare professional.
  • Easy to use and handle.

Telenor has deployed the Neat’s NOVO Connected solution at an emergency preparedness centre in Norway to deal with the coronavirus pandemic

Two-way communication between healthcare personnel and patients.

Telenor Telecare
Image courtesy of Telenor

Bærum, a densely populated city in Norway, has faced one of the highest rates of people infected with coronavirus in the whole country. Based on this reality, the municipality has acted immediately establishing effective and forceful solutions following government guidelines. These initiatives have facilitated the management of the pandemic and contributed to improving patient care.

Actions taken include the rapid creation of an emergency preparedness centre located in the Donski area, west of Bærum. The health facility is providing additional support in the treatment of patients with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis that do not require a ventilator.

The center has 32 rooms and has been technologically equipped by Telenor with the NOVO Connected solution: NOVO 4G digital telecare terminals. The technological deployment was carried out in record time.

For many years, Telenor -one of Neat’s main partners- has provided the municipality of Bærum with independent living technology designed to help the elderly and dependents stay in their home for longer enjoying mobility, autonomy and well-being.

This technology has gained great relevance in the management of the coronavirus pandemic, therefore, the health authorities of the municipality of Bærum, did not hesitate for a moment to request Telenor to deploy the same technology in the emergency preparedness centre of Donski in order to give patients the opportunity to request assistance from healthcare personnel by simply pressing a button.

The alarms triggered by patients are received on the mobile devices of staff who can monitor the alarms and establish a two-way communication with high acoustic fidelity with the patient, or they can reject the alarm to be assisted by a colleague. Telenor’s response centre acts as a backup if personnel at the Donski centre cannot immediately respond to an alarm.

It should be noted that the health personnel of the Donski center received training to manage the alarms of the NOVO Connected system. Likewise, when a patient is admitted to the emergency preparedness centre, he/she receives a simple and practical explanation on how to trigger alarms to request help.

NOVO Connected solution offers peace of mind both to patients who feel safer and better cared for and to employees who can guarantee high-quality professional care.

At Telenor and Neat, we are very proud to be able to accompany the health personnel of the emergency centre of Donski in managing the crisis of the COVID-19 disease and we commit ourselves to continue collaborating in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic that is affecting so many people in the world.

Neat deploys its NOVO Connected healthcare technology in two Norwegian municipalities to help manage the coronavirus crisis

NOVO 234Neat, through Telenor, its Norwegian partner, has supplied the municipality of Stavanger with the NOVO Connected solution, NOVO 4G digital telecare terminals, to be used in a building that has been enabled as a temporary location to accommodate 200 beds for the care of patients with COVID-19. This building is normally used as an exhibition center.

In the same way, Telenor has provided 60 digital telecare terminals to the municipality of Bærum, which will be installed in an originally closed hospital that has had to be reopened to care for people with symptoms of the COVID-19 disease.

Each device will be placed next to the patient’s bed so that they can request assistance from healthcare personnel and receive it immediately. In addition, these devices are connected to a management IoT (Internet of Things) platform developed by Neat, which allows for permanent connectivity and to know minute by minute the state of both people and the technology deployed, which gives as a result greater safety for the patient.

The deployment of these temporary sites in these cities is intended to assist hospitals in managing the COVID 19 pandemic and prevent the collapse of the healthcare system.

At Neat, we are very proud to be able to accompany healthcare personnel in managing the crisis of the COVID-19 disease and we commit ourselves to continue collaborating with what we have been doing for more than 30 years: offering solutions that help the most fragile ones and those ones who need our support the most.

Legrand is supportive and committed in the face of the COVID-19 epidemic

The group announces the creation of an aid fund for nursing home staff.


Since the start of the current global health crisis, Legrand has launched a series of measures aimed at protecting both its employees and its customers. These measures contribute to restraining the spread of the Coronavirus, while ensuring continuity of service for its customers and partners. On the basis of this unprecedented mobilisation, Legrand contributes to the ongoing solidarity efforts to contain the sanitary, social and economic impact of COVID-19.

Legrand has already deployed various solidarity initiatives in support of hospital staff and caregivers across the world, including the following:

  • In Spain, the teams at Neat, one of the Group’s specialist brands developing assisted living solutions, provided nurse call solutions to meet urgent equipment needs.
  • In the United States, a cable management solution was developed within 4 days to supply power to 2000 beds in field hospitals in the state of New York. In the state of Indiana, a production line for display screens has been converted to the manufacture of cloth masks.
  • In France, the logistics platform at Verneuil-en-Halatte mobilised its resources to enable delivery within 24 hours of components to a customer producing medical respirators.
  • In India, a university hospital in Kolkata, converted into a specialised centre dedicated to treatment of Coronavirus patients, was equipped with the Group’s UPS (uninterruptible power supplies) to ensure continuity of energy distribution
  • In Italy, emergency solutions (especially bedhead units, nurse call devices and VDI cabling systems) were provided for temporary hospitals set up in Milan and Bergamo.
  • In the Netherlands, a videoconferencing system was donated to a retirement home in Eindhoven, to facilitate maintaining links between residents and their relatives.
  • In the United Kingdom, the “Aidcall” emergency call solution was installed as a matter of urgency in a private hospital to relieve the National Health Service (NHS).

These projects and initiatives will be amplified even further in the weeks and months ahead.

Legrand is also committed on behalf of fragile persons and announces the creation of a solidarity fund dedicated to nursing homes for elderly people.

This fund is intended to provide support to staff in specialised facilities for elderly people. To set up the fund and offer its support to the largest possible number of institutions and care staff, Legrand will work with its Foundation, created in 2014 with the purpose, in particular, of acting against the exclusion of fragile persons and those experiencing loss of autonomy. Staff in such care facilities, who are under considerable pressure in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, will be helped, for example, to finance hotel accommodation close to their place of work so as to avoid long-distance commuting, thereby protecting both their own families and nursing home residents.

This way, Legrand wishes to act tangibly to improve the living conditions and comfort of healthcare staff in nursing homes for elderly people who are in the front line day after day fighting the pandemic.

The fund is open to contributions from both businesses and individuals wishing to join this solidarity initiative.

Benoît Coquart, Legrand Chief Executive Officer, stated: “Faced with this unprecedented health crisis, many solidarity gestures have been deployed by our employees all over the world in aid of the most fragile and the most exposed. The setting-up of this solidarity fund is a perfect example, which aims to support nursing home staff who more than ever need our solidarity. I would like to warmly thank all of our employees for the commitment and solidarity they have shown ever since the crisis began”.