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IJanuary 27 2016

 

NHS England has announced trials of a number of IT initiatives designed to improve patient care.

The first wave of Test Beds includes five health and care Test Beds and two ‘Internet of Things’ Test Beds.

Schemes being piloted are spread across different areas of England, and include:

  • equipping patients in the West of England with remote monitoring and coaching technology to allow them to better self-manage their condition;
  • using data analysis to identify older patients in Rochdale who are most at risk of critical health events and using telecare and remote devices in their homes so that their doctors can provide timely and tailored help as soon as they need it;
  • to help people in Birmingham at risk of serious mental illness manage their condition by providing them with technology and apps linked to a hub which can despatch the right specialist staff at the right time to help if a crisis looks likely;
  • supporting frail elderly and people with long term conditions in Lancashire and Cumbria to remain well outside of hospital and avoid unnecessary admissions by supporting self-care at home through improved education and telehealth technologies.

Other locations include North East London, Sheffield and Surrey.

The initiatives were announced by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Mr Stevens said: “Our new NHS Test Beds programme aims to cut through the hype and test the practical benefits for patients when we bring together some of these most promising technologies in receptive environments inside the world’s largest public, integrated health service.”

NHS England is working in collaboration with companies including Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences), IBM, Philips, GE and MSD. Test Beds have been developing their proposals over the last nine months with support from the 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs).

The West of England scheme is one of the two Internet of Things Test Bed schemes, with the ‘Diabetes Digital Coach’ project being led by the West of England AHSN in partnership with Diabetes UK and technology companies including Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

It brings together mobile health self-management tools including wearable sensors and supporting software, with connecting monitoring devices (Internet of Things). “The Test Bed will enable people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes to ‘do the right thing at the right time’ to self-manage their condition. It will also encourage more timely and appropriate interventions from peers, healthcare professionals, carers and social networks,” said NHS England.

Link:

NHS England announcement

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