Published: 22 January 2016

Innovative health services for dementia patients

Surrey is driving forward its Engineering for Health agenda with a cross-faculty, multi-partner collaboration to deliver new, innovative health services for dementia patients.

This project has significant potential to improve the outcomes of people with dementia and their families through the use of innovative technologies.

– Roma Maguire, Professor of e-Health

Leading the academic evaluation of the project, researchers at Surrey will provide vital evidence on the benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) testbed.

Surrey and Borders NHS Trust will be collaborating with multiple partners, including Royal Holloway University of London; Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network; the Alzheimer’s Society; local clinical commissioning groups and a number of charities.

With approximately 700 local patients taking part, the project will include over 10 per cent of those on the dementia register in Surrey.

The testbed will use a combination of robotics, wearable technology and remote monitoring to enable carers to observe the behaviour of the person they are caring for, without needing to be at their specific location.

The findings aim to support better and faster decision-making for caregivers, clinical teams and support groups, ultimately transforming the delivery of care in the UK.

To find out more about the project, visit the Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS website or see the School of Health Sciences website for more information on Surrey’s wider eHealth research.

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