TIHM for dementia – an NHS IoT test bed

TIHM for dementia – an NHS IoT test bed

TIHM for dementia is a pioneering Internet of Things NHS testbed.

TIHM for dementia is a pioneering Internet of Things NHS testbed that aims to significantly improve support for people with dementia and their carers. The testbed is led by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and funded by the Department of Health.

TIHM for dementia uses a variety of technological devices that enable clinicians to remotely monitor the health and safety of a person with dementia who is living at home. The monitoring is round the clock and in real time. If the technology identifies a problem, clinicians will be alerted.

Most of the devices are positioned round the home and collect information about a person’s movements and behaviour while some, such as the GPs tracker and falls monitor, are worn. A few of the devices, such as a blood pressure cuff and thermometer, collect clinical measurements and require daily interaction.

Using Internet of Things technologies, these different devices interact with each other and share data. The data is then processed and interpreted using machine learning and data analytic algorithms.

This means that as well as alerting clinicians to an immediate crisis, such as a fall, the technology is also able to learn and analyse people’s patterns of behaviour to help predict if someone is becoming unwell.

TIHM for dementia is being trialled in Surrey and NE Hampshire and recruitment is due to end at the end of October. To take part, a person must have mild or moderate dementia and be living independently. They should also have a carer who is willing to get involved.

TIHM for dementia is one of two NHS IoT test beds designed to support people with long term and complex health needs.  It involves a collaboration of partners, including: University of Surrey 5G Innovation Centre, Royal Holloway University of London, Alzheimer’s Society, eight technology companies and the Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network. For more information go to: http://www.sabp.nhs.uk/tihm

IoTUK Staff
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