Introduction: Cognitive impairment is common in the elderly and increasingly prevalent.
Purpose: The iCaring application is a novel iWatch application with instant caring features in order to help maintain independence and bridge the distance and time burden gap between cognitively impaired individuals, their health care providers and their children/caregivers.
Methods and results:: The iCaring application is composed of three main functions via the iWatch, which is registered and worn by the patient. The first function detects motion and records the patients' activity, gait and tremor. If abnormalities are noted or patterns substantially change from baseline, information can be relayed to the patient's health care provider and caregiver. The locator function integrates global positioning systems to identify the geographical location of the individual with a prompt to the caregiver providing recent route details. This will allow the receiving caregiver to track the location of their elder, particularly if that person may be not responding to calls or has lost their way home. (Figure). Finally, the device can detect new onset arrhythmias which can be recorded and transmitted to patient's medical record.
Conclusions: The iCaring application is an innovative tool to help cognitively impaired patients and their families without geographical restriction. Into the future, this can be united with artificial intelligence assistance systems to enhance and accelerate the care of these patients.