The Technology Integrated Health Management for Dementia study, with Shirin Enshaeifar
Our mission is to help people with dementia to stay well and safe in their homes for longer, reducing unplanned hospital admissions and pressure on carers.
At Surrey – thanks to people like Shirin -- we are using machine learning to solve very real problems for people in Surrey and Hampshire, and to improve quality of life in the face of chronic illness.
The Technology Integrated Health Management (TIHM) for Dementia study, led by the University of Surrey and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, enables clinicians to remotely monitor the health of people with dementia living at home. It has been running for four years now, and in 2018 scooped several awards including the ‘Improving Care with Technology’ award in the world’s largest healthcare awards programme, the HSJ awards. Shirin has been an integral part of the project. She says, “People with dementia are one of the most vulnerable groups in our society. For example, they are more susceptible to developing conditions such as UTIs which are treatable but tend to escalate if they are missed. TIHM is providing health professionals with the necessary information to treat patients early.”
TIHM is based on a network of internet enabled devices, such as sensors, monitors and trackers that are installed in the homes of people with dementia. The TIHM system is designed and developed at our Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal, Processing.