Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a technology for hospitals and care facilities to monitor patient status using a camera.

According to the company, the technology is helpful in recognising the status of patients and detecting activities such as sitting up in bed, getting out of bed, or moving in bed.

Fujitsu said the technology works better than an existing technique that uses sensors to detect the pressure of bodyweight.

These sensors sometimes give a false alarm response to a patient just turning over while sleeping, thus requiring nurses to make frequent checks.

Fujitsu claims that the new technology helps hospitals and care facilities provide better patient protection while lightening the workload on nurses.

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"The new technology helps hospitals and care facilities provide better patient protection while lightening the workload on nurses."

The technology includes a sensing system that recognises the patient’s head and tracks their movement. It also detects and visualises conditions such as restiveness or sleeplessness, which demand further attention.

Fujitsu’s new technology features include usage of learned data to recognise patient states, reduction of false positives using motion information, and visualisation displays of patient behaviours demanding attention.

The company is working to link the patient-monitoring system to an emergency-alert system for nurses and electronic medical record system with an anticipated commercial implementation in fiscal 2015.

Fujitsu is also continuing to develop this technology with the aim of expanding its scope of application to include residential services for the elderly and other in-residence nursing and care.