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IRT Wins at Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards

Industry
17 May 2019

IRT Group has won two international awards at the 7th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards in recognition of its use of technologies to improve the lives of older people.

IRT won the Innovation of the Year – Productivity award for its Business Intelligence, Data and Automation platform and the Best Smart Care Technology Product award for its custom resident location device. IRT was also a finalist for the Innovation of the Year – Technology award.

IRT Group CEO, Patrick Reid said it is a great honour to accept the awards on behalf of IRT.

“Our employees are passionate about improving the lives of our residents and customers and it’s great to see them recognised for all their hard work on these innovative projects,” said Mr Reid.

Taking out the top honour for the Innovation of the Year – Productivity award was IRT’s Business Intelligence, Data and Automation (BIDA) platform. BIDA was recognised as a best practice for delivering improved productivity in organisational efficiencies and quality of care provision.

Developed largely in house, BIDA was purpose-built with support from technology experts, Novigi.

“BIDA enhances the daily lives of IRT residents and customers by reducing the administrative burden on employees so they can focus on what they do best; caring for our residents and customers,” said Mr Reid.

“The platform streamlines IRT’s manual processes and provides data analytics that measure the outcomes of IRT’s care delivery to optimise the quality of life for our residents and customers.

“Since implementing the platform our customer insights have improved, we’ve automated reporting, care outcomes have become more personalised and we’ve experienced operational efficiencies and cost savings.”

IRT also won the Best Smart Care Technology Product award for a custom resident location device it’s developing in collaboration with specialist location services company iotTag. The product, currently under concept proofing, is being designed to improve the safety and security of people living with early stage dementia in residential care.

The device or ‘smart tag’ uses a smart phone app and mobile phone network to locate residents who wear it. It can be sewn into residents’ clothing and even go through the wash, or it can be attached to personal property.

Mr Reid says IRT is committed to exploring ways that technology can help improve the lives of older people.

“The concept of this product is to help aged care centre residents live a more normal life, with the freedom to come and go, while being safe and locatable in the event of an issue.”

IRT was recognised as a finalist in the Innovation of the Year – Technology award for testing the impact an autonomous vehicle shuttle service would have on the quality of life for people living in residential care and retirement villages.

Award winners were announced on the final night of the 10th Ageing Asia Innovation Forum in Singapore this week. The forum aims to showcase the world’s most innovative models that enable healthy, independent and dignified ageing, while encouraging greater collaboration between business, government and community organisations from around the world. Close to 200 entries were submitted from 17 countries.

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