About Salus mea
A word from the founder
After a fall of 30 meters where I slipped into a coma for 20 days and its long rehabilitation as a result, my view on life and what was important changed.
For me, the journey with Salus mea started in the spring of 2008 when the rumor reached me that there was a new smartphone “iPhone”, which would be something completely new.
The trip to New York was booked and I returned home with five iPhones. In 2013, I told my cousin Maria about my idea of developing a telecare service for smartphones. Maria, who then worked at the Swedish Aid Institute, talked about the technical committee for standardization to ensure interoperability in the market of social care services.
The next step was to apply for a membership in the Technical Committee, which would give me the knowledge I needed to develop the connected health service of the future. It was a long-standing job in the committee that gave me a fast knowledge and understanding of the challenges. Through my involvement in the committee, I have been privileged to meet many people in the industry and gained insights that I have been able to use in the development of Salus mea.
“Over the next few years, the majority of the 2.6 million alarm units will need to be replaced in Europe and by then there where no common guidelines that ensure quality in the senior safety industry. Today, telecare from different suppliers work in different ways, which means that the systems cannot talk to each other. Common standards in different areas can, among other things, enable companies to develop new systems in a more cost-effective way. The common standards will make it possible to use different systems together in a safer way and ease communities’ procurement of telecare services.
The focus of the standardization is on the users and their opportunity for an improved quality of life by creating the conditions for extended living in the home environment and more independent and active participation in society. This is achieved by working with all parts of telecare services.”
PhD, Senior researcher, RISE
Holding a PhD in aging, cognition and technology usage, Marie has worked on several projects within the need and development of telecare alarms. She has a national and international network in the area of elderly and technology use.
Research Institutes Of Sweden
RISE is Sweden’s research institute and innovation partner. Through its international collaboration programs with industry, academia and the public sector, RISE contributes to a sustainable society and ensures the competitiveness of the Swedish business community on an international level. With 2,800 employees, RISE engages in and supports all types of innovation processes.
RISE is an independent, state-of-the-art research institute that offers unique expertise and around 100 test and demonstration environments for future-proof technologies, products and services.
Martina works as a development leader at Qulturum in the Jönköping region. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in pedagogy with a focus on public health, she has worked with business-related research in the elderly as well as providing leadership and managing medical and healthcare projects within the municipality.
Martina has a business-oriented focus and is particularly interested in how the experience of security is promoted to the elderly. Today she has different assignments around co-production, innovation, learning, quality registrations and improvements based on the individual needs.
Qulturum is a meeting place where learning, innovation, improvement and leadership are constantly developed in collaboration with different stakeholders within the healthcare industry. Current issues are highlighted, and together with innovation and creativity, they contribute to method and competence development.
A unique connected telecare that prevents physical and mental illness by increasing the users actual and perceived safety. We have created a mobile service that take seriously about the concept around safety and not only a unmobile safety phone that today’s public system offers. There are many more aspects to consider, how these should be used and integrated into the system will be explored and implemented on an ongoing basis.
Salus mea’s individualized adapted service can be updated to fit the users changing needs. Salus mea’s safety concept is about increasing knowledge about your health and collect the shared information in one place. By combining reactive services with external data sources such as sleep, medication, weather, blood pressure, food menue, etc., new sub-services such as fall prevention are created. Salus mea is constantly under development with new software updates that are designed to improve functionality and introduce new features. All so that you as a user can feel as safe as possible.
The result of the research project undertaken by
Norrköping Municipality – Chalmers – Boid – Veprox
suggested that Salus mea is the
“future of security alarms”
Smartphone & Smartwatch
An important note is that 67% of all 55-85-year old’s carries a smart phone that can be connected to the internet. Building our concept on a consumer product makes the service not only easily accessible and open but also enable the creation of a mobile service never seen before.
Evidence based research in several areas forms the basis for collecting and analyzing data to detect and eliminate risks that can lead to poor physical and mental health. Salus mea collects and packages this information to the user in an easily accessible and user-friendly way.
The sub-services will include an estimation of the user’s conditions in different areas, such as the risk of falling, how to set individual goals and how specific activities can be carried out to reduce the risk of falling that can result in bodily injuries.
An open platform gives other suppliers the opportunity to offer services that helps Salus mea meet more needs of more users. Connecting external accessories, e.g. blood pressure gauges and activity bands to inform about current health conditions that enable self-help assistance.
The calendar section is a collection of planned activities such as home-service visits, medical reminders, food notes, exercise, and other joint- or important activities.
Different needs for care as a result of a great diversity. The system adapts to different conditions and will only learn more and more, resulting in better and better conclusions (artificial intelligence).
The Västra Götaland region grants funding for the newly started innovative company Age Labs AB. Start-up technology- and knowledge-seeking companies are qualified to apply for funding to develop a product, service or concept.
A new company for Salus mea is formed, called Age Labs AB. After completing the phases, needs analysis, concepts, mockup and minimum viable product (MVP), the work is completed on developing the first version for testing, verification and certification.
Salus mea is one of four startups in Tieto’s AI Accelerator Program, an initiative to support Swedish startups who want to develop new healthcare solutions using Artificial Intelligence (AI). The purpose of the AI Accelerator Program is to help companies explore the possibilities with the latest technology and speed up the process from brainstorming to functional services.
Salus mea becomes part of Framtidens företag, the incubator offers Salus mea business development to grow through the incubator program.
Marie Sjölinder presents the results of the VGR-funded research project. “The use of mobile technology to increase self-sufficiency and independence among the elderly. There are a growing number of services that support the safety and security of the elderly both indoors and outdoors. Despite this, there is a need for safety service that can handle both the indoor and the outdoor environment in the same service and that can provide additional functionality based on individual needs. We propose a new connected health solution with a wide range of services that can be adapted to many different users and use situations.”
Granted support from Vinnova of SEK 1.9 million. Due to the coordinating activities’ lack of ability to fund the grant, the grant could not benefit the Salus mea project.
The Västra Götaland region grants funding for R&D, Basic and Advanced for research projects that underlies Salus mea. The purpose of the project was to create a needs analysis and a concept for the future telecare service, the project is carried out with Chalmers, RISE, BOID and Norrköping municipality.
The Growth Agency, Startup-Sweden has appointed the project Salus mea to 1 of 10 companies that are the most promising digital IoT startups in the country.
Member of the Swedish Technical Committee, SIS / TK 574 with the aim of creating a standard for digital teleace services. The focus of the standardization is on the users and their opportunity for an improved quality of life by creating the conditions for extended living in the home environment and more independent and active participation in society. This is achieved by working with all parts of the telecare services.
In April 2008, my friend and I Johan decided to go to New York. Rumor had reached me that there was a new mobile phone called “iPhone”, it was something completely new. We bought 5 iPhone 1, the price was a modest 199 USD each. We had a visit to Cafe Wha? before we return home.
On a ski trip to Val-d ́Isère, my life changed in many ways. Everything went fast, at the nightclub Valand made the decision and the next day I sat in the back seat of a Golf with some friends. We would go off-piste with a guide for a week in France, then I would fly back to Greensboro to continue my assignment for my employer, Xdin Inc. The trip ended with a 30 m high fall, 20 days in a coma at the Grenoble hospital and with long rehabilitation that followed.
2017 Letter of Support, IBM Watson
IBM is eager to help Swedish entrepreneurs and startup companies make use of the latest IBM technology to power their journey becoming globally competitive businesses.
Salus mea project is one such exciting project and team we look forward working with.
IBM are willing to help Salus mea define, build, launch and scale its service through activities and services under our Local Entrepreneur Program.
Define use of Al and machine learning algorithms: From IBM expertise in Al and data science, help define how Al or ML can be used to improve the Salus mea service for it’s users.
Help building the service: Introduce IBM business partners trained in Watson and data science to develop functionality in the Salus mea service. Functionality will be developed on IBM cloud platform Bluemix including Watson cognitive services, loT connectivity, data management and cloud infrastructure. The most powerful capabilities at free or pay-as-you-go cost.
Go-to Market & New Customer Acquisition: through co-marketing and IBM global marketplace, help Salus mea break through the noise and find and attract more clients.
Business Development Executive
IBM Channel & eco systems
2016 Letter of Support, The city of Gothenburg
The city of Gothenburg is willing to support Salus mea’s VINNOVA-application for the development of telecare service.
We see a great need for further development of today’s telecare systems for the elderly and want to contribute so this project can get access to older persons in user studies so that the product capacity can be quality assured based on simplicity and user-friendliness as well as reliability, availability and price.
Should the Vinnova application be successful, we are happy to help mediate contacts with the elderly who want to contribute to the development of new security alarms.
Chef Senior Göteborg and coordinator of the program “Attraktiv Hemtjänst”
2015 Letter of Support, RISE Acreo Swedish ICT
Acreo Swedish ICT would like to give our support to the VINNOVA-application to secure funding for the development of Salus mea telecare service.
Acreo Swedish ICT AB is a research institute and part of the Swedish ICT AB Group, which in turn is part of RISE. The main task of the institute is to enable the development of new products and services for the benefit of society and companies.
One of the key areas is ”Life science” in which we conduct projects that are well-connected to Salus mea (e.g project “Wearable sensors in smart textiles” and “MuSyQ”, which aim to develop sensor technology for monitoring various neurological diseases).
The reason we give our support to Salus mea, is that we wish to contribute to a better, more effective and more equal healthcare.
Through the development of a simple and cost-effective sensor system, which can give doctors and healthcare professionals objective information about patients and the health status of the elderly during longer periods of time, doctors and healthcare professionals will be able to have better and safer grounds for treatment. Likewise, patients and the elderly who live outside the larger cities, where healthcare is not as well-developed, can have access to proper treatment.
Salus mea could be a future digital platform for communication and transmission of sensor data from patients and elderly to doctors and healthcare professionals and therefore enable the broad utilisation of sensor technology that we hope for.
Acreo Swedish ICT AB intends to follow the development of Salus mea to be able to connect the platform to our sensor technology at a later stage, alternatively contribute with ICT and sensor competence in other ways.
Business Manager Life Science
Acreo Swedish ICT AB
2015 Letter of Support, Norrköping municipality
Test environment Norrköping will gladly give our support to Salus mea’s VINNOVA-application to secure funding to develop digital telecare service.
The purpose of the test environment in Norrköping is to test products, services and work processes that meet the needs of the elderly to be able to maintain their independence and increase the possibility to continue living at home.
We see a great need for the development of current telecare systems for the elderly and want to contribute so that Veprox AB can collect evidence for this from relevant personnel within the public sector, the elderly and their relatives.
Should the Vinnova application be successful, we are happy to participate as test pilots and offer the opportunity to participate in the development work.
With kind regards
Vård- och omsorgsdirektör