Parco, Sysgen Track Patients at Assisted Living and Nursing Homes

Parco Wireless, a leading provider of Precision Indoor Location Technologies used for real-time tracking of assets and people, today announced a new $4 million deal with Sysgen Data, LTD for applications within the nursing home and retirement care communities. Sysgen Data is a U.S. based developer and integrator of information services and closed looped applications using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). The arrangement calls for the development and deployment of Parco Wireless’ tracking system for more than 75 long-term care facilities in the New York tri-state area.

According to a research study provided in part with a grant from the Maine Technology Institute, Parco Wireless confirmed what many nursing home administrators already know; that many long-term care facilities continue to struggle with the delicate and often precarious balance of ensuring patient safety for ambulatory and mobile residents without reducing their personal freedoms. “It’s every nursing home administrator’s worst nightmare,” states Bertrand Dugal, President of Parco. “A call comes in saying a confused resident has turned up missing after wandering off the unit, or worse, the nursing home grounds. Physical and chemical restraints are not a viable long-term solution, and federal laws restrict such practices,” adds Mr. Dugal. He goes on to state that Parco and Sysgen’s combined solution strikes the right balance for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities; “this new arrangement is especially promising in light of the growing number of nursing homes with special care units for Alzheimer’s patients, those residents who are most likely to wander.”

Under this agreement, Sysgen will deploy and support Parco Wireless’ newly announced Précis tracking system. Sysgen had already integrated its advanced applications into Précis using a Software Developers Kit (SDK) made available by Parco. The combined Précis and Sysgen solution is a web-based application. According to Raphael Feldman the President & CEO of Sysgen and 16 year veteran in the RFID field, “By working together, we’re creating a better quality of life for residents in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. This arrangement represents an aggressive new phase for those quality initiatives faced by all such facilities while providing a meaningful impact on the care these individuals receive, with added peace-of-mind for administrators, care-givers, as well as the families of these patients.”

The Sysgen software enables nursing homes the ability to continually and accurately track the exact location and status of Dementia & Alzheimer patients and if desired, the caregivers themselves as well as certain high value assets. Both the Sysgen software and Parco Précis easily integrate with most existing building automation systems allowing for alert functions such as audible alarms, flashing lights and automatic door closing/locking.

Parco’s Précis tracking solutions provide a 98% tracking reliability for 2 foot or better spatial tracking resolution every second; the highest level of accuracy available within the healthcare industry, as well as the lowest in-use costs tracking available to healthcare. The Précis system includes tags that report as often as once per second and that sell for $19. Tag designs are versatile in that they can be adhered to assets, or attached to patients in the form of a wrist or ankle bracelet. The tags provide years of continued use using a single lithium battery.

Additional advances in the Précis system’s overall designs favor distributors such as Sysgen, this according to Sysgen’s Chief Technology Officer, Jared Bronz. The newly released engineering improvements behind the Parco product allows for easy integration into Sysgen’s current product offering while holding the line on development costs. “The ease of integration using commercial off-the-shelf power over Ethernet switches from major manufacturers along with the availability of a variety of third party location engines represents a major move toward broad scale commercialization of these systems,” states Mr. Bronz. “This of course translates into economies of scale that induce savings that in turn can be directly passed on to the nursing home or healthcare facility.”