We are one of seven initiatives that have received funding to be an innovation test bed. This means that health and social care organisations will 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 will work across the four London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest and is focussed around innovations intended to promote healthy ageing; Older people living with long term conditions, dementia and carer resilience.
The Benefits of the Innovation Test Bed
We all know that these days with improved lifestyles, diets, exercise, environments and care we are living longer, but are we living healthier and happier, and what is the impact on those around us?
Older populations are a growing proportion of our society, with complex and multiple needs, and a group for whom the whole system of care interacts. Havering has London's oldest population and is the highest proportion of the oldest old. As a result more and more pressure is put on a health and care system that is not moving and innovating at the pace that it needs to in order to meet the growing demands being placed upon it.
The Care City Innovation Test Bed plans to change that by working with researchers, innovators, clinicians, patients and the community to understand the challenges that are being faced by people living with dementia and long term conditions, and their carers and families, to test and implement innovative solutions designed to improve quality of life and independence.
The data extracted from the Test Bed will be 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.
Our Innovation Partnerships
The innovations, by cluster, are:
Cluster 1 - Long term conditions:-
- Kinesis - predictive analytics using accelerometer data from mobility assessments and other patient data to quantify risk of falling;
- AliveCor - a device for use with smart phones 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.
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.
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”.
The two innovative information products interest are:
- Health Analytics - a linked acute and primary care data set;
- Orion Health - linked community health and community mental health data.
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