seamlessCARE is developing four applications designed to enhance the quality of life for people with intellectual disability, dementia and a diverse range of complex needs. In line with emerging technical regulations, seamlessCARE is building on the HL7 FHIR Framework. All APIs are interoperable and future proofed to meet the certified API standards as defined by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) final rule, released 9th March 2020.
This research is supported by Enterprise Ireland’s Commercialisation Grant and NovaUCD.
The Focus video care plan API will ensure that new carers understand each person’s preferences as well as their needs. For example, in traditional care plans it is problematic to record the placement of pillows for a person with breathing difficulties; however, our video based care plan can enhance safety and ensure consistency. The ability to transfer of knowledge to new carers can have a profound impact on the quality of daily life for a person with complex needs, support safety and save time during staff handovers.
The Translate API will help non-verbal and semi-verbal people to communicate a number of emotional states. This will be the first time that many of these people will have the ability to communicate directly. This will greatly improve the quality of life for people who have been unable to convey anything at all to the majority of people around them. This will also reduce the frustration that often precedes challenging behaviours, thus promoting safety for care provider and care recipient.
Staff matching API
The Staff matching API ensures that the health care provider has all the necessary skills to care for each person. In addition, it assesses the care provider’s range of experience and other essential elements to ensure that the he or she is compatible with the care recipient. This is especially important for home care providers, or facilities who cater for people with severe or profound intellectual disability, autism, dementia or brain injury.
The Vantage API can be used in health care and social care residential facilities. It allows staff to identify repeating causes of distress, ill health or discomfort. For example, it might reveal that a person with sensory issues, that often accompany autism, becomes distressed every Thursday at 3.10pm. This tool can identify a pattern to help staff find the cause of the distress. In this case, it might reveal that every Thursday at that time the gardener mows the grass outside the care recipient’s window.