In this exclusive interview with Jouni Kyllönen, CEO at Thermidas, we learn about the intricacies of thermal imaging technology and its profound impact on improving the quality of care in care homes.

You have some exciting new technology, tell us about the plethora of benefits Thermidas can provide to residents, their families, and carers alike?

Thermidas utilises thermography, a non-invasive technique that captures thermal images of the body. By analysing these images, trained users can detect subtle temperature variations, which may indicate underlying health conditions such as infection, DVTs or pressure injuries not yet visible to the naked eye. Early detection allows for timely intervention and better management of health issues. 

This results in Improved welfare, health, and quality of life of residents, and provides reassurance for families that their loved ones are receiving the best possible care. Thermal Imaging enhances overall care delivery by ensuring better coordination between residents their carer’s and clinicians.  

For Care Home owners it is powerful evidence of leadership and exceptional care provision, and helping residents get the most out of life. It demonstrates compassion and dignity of care, and ultimately improves a Care home’s rating.

How can the thermal imaging technology fit into that of a care home?

As well as early detection of underlying health conditions, Thermal imaging technology can play other valuable roles in Care Homes, enhancing safety, comfort, and efficiency. For example, Thermal imaging cameras can assess residents’ comfort levels by capturing their skin temperature. This information helps caregivers understand if someone is too hot or too cold.

Researchers have used thermal imaging in care homes to compare perceived comfort with actual temperatures. For instance, older adults with dementia may experience different thermal sensations. By identifying temperature variations, care home staff can adjust heating or cooling systems to maintain optimal comfort for residents.

Thermal imaging applications therefore extend beyond just health monitoring, making it a valuable tool for caregivers and administrators.

A unique selling point nowadays for potential residents is the element of personalised care. Can you tell us how Thermidas works in line with this trend?

Among the greatest challenges for Care Home owner’s and their staff, is a requirement to provide demonstrative evidence of Personalised care to the various regulatory authorities such as The Care Quality Commission or The Care Inspectorate. 

Thermidas thermal imaging solutions provide that powerful evidence of preventive care, of personalised rehabilitation programmes, and quantitative monitoring of the rehabilitation progress through images permanently stored in the cloud.

For instance, thermal scans can identify inflammation, circulatory issues, and nerve dysfunction. By catching these early, personalised interventions can be tailored to address specific health concerns.

By assessing blood flow, tissue healing, and inflammation, care home staff and healthcare professionals can tailor exercises and therapies to each resident’s unique needs.

Also, personalised care is not just about treatment; it’s also about emotional well-being. Thermal imaging reduces the need for invasive procedures, making patients more comfortable during assessments. This contributes to an overall positive experience.

In summary, thermal imaging empowers healthcare providers to customise care based on individual needs, leading to better outcomes, improved satisfaction, and higher inspection report ratings. 

With care homes currently facing a staff shortage, tell us about how the integration of thermal imaging can encourage early detection of problems and therefore minimise the need for care.

With a shortage of staff, it’s essential to streamline processes as much as possible. Thermal imaging cameras can automate temperature screening, without the need for physical contact. This non-invasive method allows for efficient screening of residents with reduced time; freeing up staff for other duties; mitigating the impact of staff shortages; and reducing dependency on manual temperature checks. 

What kind of support do Thermidas offer to care homes during a partnership?

Thermidas will provide expert, in-depth, in-house thermal imaging training, as well as full user training and commissioning of the IR Tablet. Tablets come with a manufacturer’s warranty, and on-demand technical support.

Each home will get its own user environment including unique cloud and database to ensure GDPR compliant operations and data processing. Trained personnel will get custom user IDs.  

In addition to the hardware and software practicalities, we will support care homes by helping to define imaging protocols and suggest objectives and indicators for achieving those objectives. 

We also offer enhanced image analysis support from an expert, and as our technology continues to advance, personalised care will become even more precise and impactful.

Thermidas therefore goes beyond the visible, providing insights that empower better health and care decisions and foster emotional connections. 

Finally, please introduce Thermidas as a brand and the idea behind it.

Thermidas is a Finnish health tech company. We believe that technology and innovation can make a profound impact on the lives of care home residents. We are driven by the commitment to create accessible and proactive solutions that empower individuals with their carers to take control of their health and well-being. 

We combine advanced thermal imaging technology with the convenience of cloud-based solutions. We strive to enhance early intervention, prevent complications, monitor rehabilitation progress, and improve the overall quality of life for residents.

For more information, contact Stephen Taylor at stephen.taylor@thermidas.fi or international: info@thermidas.fi

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