Using AI to assess moving and handling skills

FuturU has developed an industry-first AI motion capture tool that teaches and assesses moving and handling skills.

Called Captain, the tool allows healthcare professionals to safely practise moving and handling techniques in a virtual environment using an online mannequin. Accessed through a smartphone or laptop, the programme can accurately track a user’s physical movements to see whether they are safely moving someone from a seated to a standing position. The motion capture tool uses AI to identify the correct movement based on a person’s shape and size, the patient they are moving and the environment they are in. 

Mark Story, Head of Learning Innovation at FuturU, said: “The goal is to help healthcare professionals to become more confident and familiar with this everyday task, to reduce the risk of injury and improve the quality of care they are delivering. In the future, we will expand on this to help train people in other movement-related skills such as CPR and putting people into the recovery position.”

For care providers, FuturU’s new tool will make it quicker and easier to competency-assess workers remotely, which will drive down costs. The technology is also designed to reduce human bias, by providing more objectivity and consistency when assessing staff. By assessing practical skills virtually, care providers will be able to train and onboard staff prior to them joining, as well as quickly assess them throughout the year. 

Mark added: “This is our vision for the future of learning. This new tool takes digital learning from being a knowledge based activity into a practical skill-based learning experience. One where healthcare professionals can practise and master practical skills that will help them in their everyday role. It’s also a way of driving down the cost of education and enabling us to offer it for free, which is where we believe we can add real value to the sector.”

After launching this year, FuturU is already training 70,000 care professionals across more than 20 countries. The company focuses on creating immersive content that mimics real life scenarios, to help make healthcare learning more enjoyable and memorable. The new moving and handling tool is currently in beta phase and will be rolled out in early 2024.

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