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Published: 21 March 2018

Pioneering dementia study wins prestigious health award

An innovative new dementia study led by the University and Surrey and Borders NHS Foundations Trust has been voted the Best Mental Health Initiative of 2017 at the annual e-health IT (ehi) awards.

Two elderly people

The TIHM (Technology Integrated Health Management) for Dementia project aims to transform the support offered to people with the condition and their carers. Using advanced technologies, including wearable devices and built in sensors, clinicians have been remotely tracking the physical and mental wellbeing of dementia patients in their care.

Most of the devices operate in the background, collecting information. For example, sensors can measure a person’s movements round the home and identify if they have had a fall. Some devices, such as a GPS tracker, can be worn and will alert clinicians if a person has wandered too far from home. Others, such as weight and hydration scales and a blood pressure cuff, require a person to interact with the device. The devices are not difficult to use and both the person with dementia and the carer are shown how to use them. If a problem is identified clinicians step in to offer treatment and support.

Dr Payam Barnaghi, Reader in Machine Intelligence at Surrey and Technical Lead for TIHM for Dementia, said: “This award is very welcome as it recognises the impact that this important project is having on the lives of dementia patients and their carers. This project allows patients to be monitored round-the-clock for potential complications and gives their families piece of mind that they are being well cared for using the latest innovative technology.”

The ehi Awards are the UK’s only dedicated flagship event within the healthcare IT sector recognising the exceptional accomplishments and contributions of individuals and organisations.

Find out more about TIHM for Dementia.

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