Focus on MintT, a Belgian medical start-up with international ambitions

MintT (Medical Intelligence Technologies) has set its own task to help seniors age to the best possible condition and maintain their autonomy as much as possible. In particular, it has developed ISA, a fall detection and prevention solution, already in use in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. In this solution, MintT puts artificial intelligence at the service of residents but also caregivers for fall prevention.

MintT was created in 2014 by Jérôme Laurent-Michel, nurse and pain manager, Thibaud Remacle, co-founder of Softkinetic in 2007, and Franck Casado, signal processing engineer. In 2018, Eric Krzeslo joined the team he has known well since he founded Softkinetic with Thibaud Remacle, this company that specializes in 3D image sensors and motion recognition software was sold to the Sony group. in 2015. They worked on the development of ISA (Intelligent Sensing for Aging) before starting in 2019, the installation of this solution in the patient rooms of Belgian hospitals and nursing homes.

Fundraising of € 1.375 million in 2020 has allowed the start-up to accelerate the development of its solution and continue its installation in nursing homes and hospitals in Belgium, France and Luxembourg.

ONE, intelligent sensor for fall detection and prevention

Nursing staff are overwhelmed whether in hospitals or in nursing homes, in Belgium, for example, there is a caregiver for 30 beds a night. The ISA is designed to improve the quality of care but also to relieve carers.

Fall is more and more frequent with age, it is estimated that 70% of patients in these establishments fall at least once a year. These falls can have serious physical consequences such as fractures, which are more difficult to combine, but also psychological consequences due to fear of relapse and lead to a more rapid loss of autonomy. The consequences are also financial for the establishment.

Eric Krzeslo, CEO of MintT, said:

“In an EHPAD of 80 beds, 400 falls occur on average annually, 2/3 of which are undocumented or unknown. Hospitalization, rehabilitation, additional workload …: the consequences of a fall are real. In addition to the serious physical and psychological consequences for people who have fallen, we estimate that the time spent by medical and paramedical personnel in dealing with the consequences of falls in nursing homes, whether care, rehabilitation, psychological support or management time represents an amount of € 150,000 per year. »

A regularly updated AI-based solution

MintT launched its R&D program in 2018. Since the first version of the ISA, the development of new functions, the improvement of its ergonomics or the use of AI has made it possible to offer regular updates to the device .

The ISA system consists of a connected 3D sensor installed in the patient’s room, which relies on AI, diagnostic algorithms and cloud applications.

In June 2021, the company announced a partnership with Microsoft that would allow it to use Microsoft’s “Time of Flight” 3D sensor as well as the Azure cloud platform.

Eric Krzeslo previously said:

“Microsoft’s Azure Depth platform… will allow us to strengthen our sustainable and repeatable business model for the direct benefit of our customers and their patients: teaching in hospitals, clinics, nursing home and assisted living facilities. »

The start-up now has unique expertise in the circumstances in which the crash occurred: at least 500,000 hours of recording and thousands of cases feeding into the algorithm. The system can be used with a touchscreen and mobile app, or even integrated with existing systems.

MintT believes that ” this data is extremely useful for optimizing the management of health care budgets and improving the personalization of care. »

In addition, it provides training to caregivers during the installation of the ISA fall prevention system.

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