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Healthcare Environment Evaluator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241063D
Publication Date: 2015-Mar-24
Document File: 3 page(s) / 26K

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Abstract

Disclosed is an intelligent system to analyze an environment and then recommend changes based on the anticipated needs of the user.

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Healthcare Environment Evaluator

Many people have physical restrictions due to medical procedures, disabilities, and age. In a typical scenario, an occupational therapist visits a patient's house after the patient has had a medical procedure. The therapist makes recommendations, suggests items to purchase, and possibly points out potential hazards in the residence. The time spent is usually less than an hour and might not be thorough, so that scenarios that could be dangerous or troublesome for the patient are not discussed nor discovered. In addition, since the visit is after the medical procedure, the patient is not in a position to personally act on some of the therapist's recommendations without the help of others. The patient is often left to rely on friends and relatives (since the patient has a disability or is restricted to perform certain actions) to purchase items, move furniture, and make any other preparations suggested by the therapist. Consequently, the preparations
tend to happen at the convenience of the patient's friends/relatives, rather than the convenience of the patient.

As the patient heals, the patient's disability and restrictions change over time; therefore, other issues can arise. If the occupational therapist makes no additional visits, then the patient again has to rely on friends/family to make the necessary changes and to know

which changes to make that are beneficial for the patient.

A system is herein disclosed to more efficiently assist a physically impaired person in determining and making functional changes to the home environment.

The system disclosed herein analyzes an environment and recommends changes based on the anticipated needs of the user.

System components include:

• Three dimensional (3D) capture camera • Object recognition capability • Room analysis component to build an overall model of the room and identify safety/convenience factors • Disability input capability • Disability requirements database, to identify needs for the particular user
• Analytics database to cross reference the room model with the disability

  requirements • Display to output list of recommendations
The system may also include:
Feedback input capability to approve/disapprove/change the recommendations •Internet-based integration to other environments to identify tailored changes for particular disabilities

A patient inputs disability or medical procedure parameters into the system. The

system then transmits information about home health hazards and recommends possible remedies and items the patient can purchase to accommodate the disability prior to returning home. This allows the patient more independence. The patient can

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prepare in advance and not depend upon the availability of friends and relatives to implement the occupational therapist's recommendations.

The system scans the patient's residence, and as it identifies objects, presents a color-coded image of the objects in the pati...