Supporting Dementia Patients and their Carers
‘Internet of Things’ – Smart Technologies to Improve Lives
Complex conditions management in an aging population
Aiming to reduce the cost of long term nursing & NHS care
Helping people in Surrey with Dementia
People with dementia in Surrey and North East Hampshire will benefit from an innovative two year project that will use technology to enable them to live in their own homes for longer. Individuals and their carers will be provided with sensors, wearables, monitors and other devices, which will combine into an ‘Internet of Things’ to monitor their health at home. The information from these devices will help people take more control over their own health and wellbeing, with the insights and alerts enabling health and social care staff to deliver more responsive and effective services.
Patient population size
In Surrey 6,606 people have a formal diagnosis of dementia, although it is estimated that around 16,801 people have the condition. This project will work with around 700 people with dementia The project will involve approximately 700 people living with dementia and their carers, more than 10% of those on the dementia register. The aim is to scaling up IoT for dementia across the 1.3m population of Surrey and NE Hampshire.
The ‘Test Bed’ project aims to prevent or delay the need for costly long term care in nursing homes. It also aims to reduce the need for unplanned hospital admissions or GP visits, thereby taking the pressure off other NHS services. In the long term it is hoped that this approach will improve the care and quality of life for vulnerable patients while helping to save the NHS money.
Who is involved?
The project is led by Surrey & Borders NHS Foundation Trust working with the University of Surrey, Royal Holloway University of London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network, the Alzheimer’s Society, local Clinical Commissioning Groups, charities and ten technology companies.
The project will also have a user advisory forum made up of people who use health and social care services and their carers. It will also have an expert advisory forum, including representatives from industry, the voluntary sector and a Clinical Commissioning Group.
The technology companies include:
+Sense. ly, whose virtual, personal assistant Molly is capable of providing tailor made medical advice using advanced AI and speech recognition.
Intelesant, whose product ‘Howz’ is able to learn a dementia sufferer’s routine and thus detect any deviations from the routine that may lead to dangers.
Healtrix, who will provide an ‘Internet of Things’ Integration Hub, as well as an alerting engine that raises real time alerts and a dashboard that allows for remote monitoring and analysis of data.
All information provided by these companies is gathered and processed at the University of Surrey. There the data is transformed in to a ‘common language’, detailing a range of results taken from the people using the service. The insights and alerts provided by the devices will then allow healthcare staff to deliver more responsive and effective services.
The project will see the creation of a ‘’Living Lab’’ at the University of Surrey, based at its 5G test centre.