Surrey and Borders Partnership FT has been awarded this year’s prestigious Health Service Journal Award for its Technology Integrated Health Management (TIHM) trial which is led by the trust, working in partnership with bodies including the Alzheimer’s Society, the University of Surrey, Royal Holloway University of London and eight technology SMEs.
The project takes a technological approach to bolstering support for people with dementia and for their carers. Those participating in the trial have had a network of 21 small devices installed in their homes. The devices collect physiological, behavioural and environmental data 24/7, including blood pressure, temperature, hydration and movement inside and outside of the home.
The data is analysed and presented on a digital dashboard, which is monitored by a clinical team.
If a problem is identified then an alert is triggered and investigated by the team. Members liaise with other NHS services, the Alzheimer’s Society, social services or the police to make sure the individual gets the support he or she needs.
Initial analysis suggests a high degree of user satisfaction with the system. And the data collected has already made it possible to develop machine learning algorithms which identify early signs of a urinary tract infection – a top five cause of hospital admission among people with dementia.
Pictured is Professor Helen Rostill, project lead at Surrey & Borders, with the team’s award.