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

MintT (Medical Intelligence Technologies) aims to help the elderly in the best possible situation and to maintain their autonomy as much as possible. In particular, it has created ISA, a fall detection and prevention solution, which has already been used in Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands in hospital, nursing homes and support living facilities. With this solution, MintT puts artificial intelligence at the service of residents but also those who care to prevent falls.

The Mint was created in 2014 by Jerome Laurent-Mitchell, nurse and pain manager, in 2007 by SoftwoodKinetic co-founder Thebud Remackle and signal processing engineer Frank Cassado. In 2018, Eric Cruzello joined the team he knows best since he co-founded Softkinetic with Thebody Remix, a company specializing in 3D image sensors and motion recognition software, which was sold to Sony Group in 2015. They worked on the development of ISA (Intelligent Sensing for Aging) before it started in 2019, installing this solution in the patient rooms of hospitals and nursing homes in Belgium.

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

ISA, intelligent sensors for fall detection and prevention

Nursing staff are overwhelmed either in a hospital or nursing home, in Belgium, for example, there is a caretaker for 30 beds at night. The ISA is designed to improve the quality of care but also to relieve caregivers.

As waterfalls become more frequent with age, it is estimated that 70% of patients in these institutions fall at least once a year. This fall can have serious physical consequences such as fractures, which are more difficult to assemble, but can also have psychological consequences due to fear of re-reading and lead to rapid loss of autonomy. The consequences are also financial for the organization.

Eric Cruzeslow, CEO of Mint, says:

“In an 80-bed EHPAD, an average of 400 falls occur annually, of which 2/3 are unregistered or simply unknown. Hospitalization, rehabilitation, extra work stress …: The consequences of the fall are real. In addition to the serious physical and emotional consequences for those who have fallen, we assume that the time spent by medical and paramedical staff in dealing with the consequences of falling into a nursing home represents the time spent in care, rehabilitation, psychological support or administrative time. € 150,000 per year. A

A regularly updated AI-based solution

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

The ISA system has an integrated 3D sensor installed in the patient’s home, relying on AI, analysis algorithms, and cloud applications.

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

Eric Cruzello then said:

“Microsoft’s Azure Depth Platform will allow us to strengthen our sustainable and renewable business model for the direct benefit of our customers and their patients: hospital, clinic, nursing home and supportive living facilities. A

Start-ups now have unique skills in situations that are falling apart: no less than 500,000 hours and thousands of case feeds the algorithm. The system can be used on a touchscreen and mobile app, or even integrated into existing systems.

Mint believes that ” This data is very useful for optimizing healthcare budget management and improving the personalization of care. A

In addition, it provides training to caregivers when installing ISA systems to prevent falls.

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