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Melbourne start-up Sleeptite won the Digital Health and Health Technology category at the InnovationAus 2022 Awards for Excellence for its innovative monitoring technology helping the senior care industry.

The 2022 InnovationAus Excellence Awards were handed out Thursday evening during a black-tie gala dinner at the Cutaway in Sydney’s Barangaroo district.

Digital health has seen unprecedented growth in light of the COVID pandemic, and the willingness of Australians to adopt these technologies in terms of healthcare has increased exponentially.

This category celebrated some of Australia’s pioneering digital health and health technology companies.

Sleeptite won the category for its REMi smart bedding system, which provides innovative noninvasive monitoring technology for senior care facilities.

REMi uses flexible sensors in the bedding to extract data and send it to a main platform to be analyzed and translated into valuable information through a user interface designed specifically for aged care staff, whether in a facility residential or at home.

This allows continuous monitoring of an aged care resident’s presence, position and posture throughout the night, helping aged care staff prevent falls and monitor their residents throughout. of the night.

Sleeptite landed a CRC-P grant of $1.7 million from the federal government, and an additional $850,000 in 2021 as a co-investment grant from the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Center Commercialization Fund to bring the product to market.

Aged care and smart bedding is in the family of Sleeptite founder Cameron van den Dungen. His oma, Petronella, opened and ran a number of private care homes for the elderly in Melbourne, while his father, Henk, was a founding member of Forty Winks.

This story inspired Cameron to start studying new technologies and how they can improve care for the elderly. This led him to found Sleeptite in 2017.

After winning the award on Thursday evening, Mr van den Dungen paid tribute to the innovation ecosystem that has helped bring the technology to life.

“In a world like this where you’re trying to create brand new ideas and take something special and brand new and unique and world leading, you need collaboration partners,” he said. .

“In Australia, we have an amazing ecosystem that I’m very lucky to be part of.”

Mr van den Dungen also credited the hard work of the Sleeptite team.

“You don’t do it alone. You have to do it with a team.

Sydney-based technology company 4eyesVision was highly commended in the category for its efforts to reduce the massive burden of blurred vision due to poor concentration in remote and developing communities through eye testing and glasses on square.

The InnovationAus 2022 Excellence Awards were supported by: Investment NSW, AusIndustry, Australian Computer Society, Technology Council of Australia, Verizon, Mimecast, Microsoft Australia, Digital Health CRC (DHCRC), Agile Digital, METS Ignited, Innovation Manufacturing CRC ( IMCRC), CSIRO and Q-CTRL.

Photography for by Phil Carrick and Belinda Pratten

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