Dementia-focused specialty care provider Rippl has announced the acquisition of US-based artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled dementia caregiver support platform Kinto.

The merger will aid in amplifying the reach of human-centred care for individuals living with dementia and their caregivers, transcending standard care facilities.

The collaboration unites clinically validated dementia care model of Rippl, including the UCSF Care Ecosystem Study, with Kinto’s AI-driven support and education programme for dementia caregivers.

Kinto’s innovation is backed by more than $6m in research grants from the US National Institutes of Health, including the development of Generative AI tools that enhance the capabilities of care teams providing guidance for caregivers.

Rippl co-founder and CEO Kris Engskov said: “Joe Chung and his remarkable team at Kinto are deeply committed to helping this unique and undervalued population of dementia caregivers in taking care of their family members while also taking care of themselves.

“Using Kinto’s advanced AI tools and existing platform, this partnership will help us accelerate our technology capability to give more and better care to both our patients and their caregivers.”

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In conjunction with the merger, the entire team of Kinto will join Rippl. Kinto founder and CEO Joe Chung assumed the role of CTO and head of AI and will spearhead the integration of AI into Rippl’s systems.

This strategic move is designed to free care navigators and clinicians from administrative tasks, enabling them to provide more focused and specialised support to families.

Commenting on the merger, Chung said: “Kinto was founded to harness technology to dramatically improve the dementia caregiver experience and we have validated that our model can do just that.

“By partnering with Rippl, we can combine, enhance and scale our solutions to become leaders in virtual dementia care.”