The Japanese company Plimes, specialized in health technology, has just presented at the CES 2021, the first portable device to control swallowing, which helps prevent aspiration pneumonia, a common and fatal disease in many older people.
The portable device is called Gokuri, which works based on technology patented by the company that uses artificial intelligence.
Gokuri quantifies a user’s ingestion, so healthcare professionals can analyze the data to identify problems that can cause food to enter their lungs, which can lead to injury and even worse, infections.
This device is a band with sensors that is placed on the neck to identify and quantify the ingestion of a user in real time, sending all the collected data, including cough, when they swallow food, neck posture, oxygen saturation in the blood , body temperature and heart rate, to the cloud-based system, thanks to a mobile application.
The system then presents the data to health professionals, in an organized, easy-to-understand way, in a visual form that facilitates rapid monitoring of patients and not only at home, but also in a medical consultation.
Gokuri Features and Benefits
- Complete dashboard to visually monitor a user’s ingestion and associated data.
- It serves as a tool for hospitals, nursing homes and other health care institutions to allow their patients / residents to eat more safely.
- It enables hospitals to monitor patients remotely, freeing up scarce human resources for critical and essential tasks.
- It enables physicians to perform initial examinations of their patients remotely, without the need to perform a videofluoroscopic or videoendoscopic procedure first.
Speaking about this unique device Plimes CEO and Co-Founder Kenji Suzuki commented as follows: “Aspiration pneumonia kills hundreds of thousands of older people around the world each year, including many stroke victims, largely due to a lack of ways to prevent it. GOKURI will change that. We are very excited to present GOKURI at CES, because the device’s ability to provide comprehensive data, ranging from the duration of each ingestion to the level of oxygen saturation in the blood, will allow physicians and other healthcare professionals to detect and diagnose the risks of aspiration pneumonia more easily and accurately. It not only saves lives but also allows those with swallowing problems enjoy eating together with others“.
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