Super-aging societies are faced with urgent issues such as greater social welfare spending, increased costs in the caregiving and healthcare industries, and labor shortages. With the aim of providing caregiving and healthcare support, Ricoh has launched a joint business development project with MinebeaMitsumi Inc., a company which possesses advanced sensor module technology.
Phase 1, which launches in 2018, will consist of a platform to keep the elderly under observation via a bed sensor system that monitors biological information. This is a high-precision system that noninvasively and painlessly monitors biological information about the person in the bed, for example their weight, body movements and respiration. It makes it possible to monitor issues such as falls or abnormal breathing, and can reduce workloads, for example by measuring and recording body weight.
In Phase 2 of our caregiving and healthcare support portfolio, we aim to provide even more advanced monitoring services by using AI to link the bed sensor system with the nursing care record system and bedside nurse call buttons. We will go even further in Phase 3 and develop an integrated information service platform that utilizes the data acquired from the bed sensor system as well as information from other sources, including surveillance cameras. We will develop solutions that can offer individuals optimum caregiving and healthcare services based on an analysis of their daily life patterns, a business with a focus that even includes predicting illness and providing support during convalescence.
Our aim is to broaden the scope of the value we provide, expanding it beyond the office to other kinds of workplaces and then on into society at large. This solution to provide caregiving and healthcare support is part of that initiative. It will help to maintain the QOL (Quality of Life) and extend the years of healthy life.
MinebeaMitsumi Inc. and Ricoh sign a joint business development agreement for a bed sensor system