Innovation Test Bed

Deliverables

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Improving the lives of those with long term conditions and dementia
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Improving the lives of their carers

We were one of seven initiatives that received funding to be an innovation test bed. This means that health and social care organisations in our region could collaborate with researchers and the technology sector to pioneer and evaluate the use of novel combinations of interconnected devices such as wearable monitors, data analysis and ways of working which will help patients stay well and monitor their conditions themselves at home.

The Care City innovation test bed focussed around innovations intended to promote healthy ageing; Older people living with long-term conditions, dementia and carer resilience.

Why is this so important?

The data extracted from the Test Bed has been used to understand the benefits of each innovation, where successful assist with implementation and ultimately feedback to a health and social care system to enable it to become good at defining, identifying, implementing, testing and sharing innovation.

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Long Term Conditions

Cluster 1 - Long term conditions

Kinesis - predictive analytics using accelerometer data from mobility assessments and other patient data to quantify the risk of falling;

AliveCor - a device for use with smartphones to record electrocardiograms and, employing algorithms, identify normal sinus rhythm, atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias that warrant further investigation.

GaitSmart - digital sensor technology that measures gait kinematics. Test results generate a targeted exercise programme for the individual and are given at regular intervals to monitor changes and provide personal motivation.

Dementia

Cluster 2 - Dementia

Join Dementia Research - a web-based tool designed to increase the participation in dementia research;

Health Unlocked - supported, web based “communities” intended to provide peer support and peer education, boosting self-management.

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Carer Resilience

Cluster 3 - Carer resilience

Canary Care – a set of motion sensors and door sensors placed around the home to identify deviations in the activities of a client and to send alerts to that client’s carers if the data suggest, for instance, that an external door has been left open, the client is not using the kitchen, the client is not spending the night in their bedroom, or the client has fallen.

St Bernard – wearable technology for people with dementia that aims to facilitate prolonged independent living by providing carers with an alert if the client leaves an agreed “safe area”.

What our patients, GPs, Pharmacies and the health & care system think

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Falls prevention pilot

Jim

The falls classes were very good, very good...I feel a lot better for it, I’m stronger and my balance has improved a lot.

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Carer using Canary Care

Mrs Smith

It’s good peace of mind; it’s great to be able to keep an eye on where she is and what she is doing

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Atrial fibrillation screening pilot

Dawn

I wasn’t really worried about my heart before so it’s worth having these things done as its better to be safe than sorry.

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What taking part in the test-bed means

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