Our Health and Social Care theme is focused on reducing pressures on A&E admissions and hospital stays, decreasing health inequalities and improving health outcomes through driving self-care and earlier public health interventions to tackle costly chronic conditions upstream.
- Chronic Condition Management
- By deploying IoT technologies to monitor medication adherence and physical activity for mild to moderately ill chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, we are aiming to alleviate pressure on healthcare services through increased engagement in self-care and reduced service demand.
- With new technology, such as smart inhalers and in-home sensors, we intend to provide a broader picture of the health status of Manchester citizens and help patients better understand how their behaviour affects their condition. Combining this with the broader IoT network, we will provide environmental context never linked to patients before, providing data that can be imperative to citizen’s health.
- By monitoring patients and providing personalised coaching on how to improve their conditions, we aim to improve confidence in self-care and adherence to medication and exercise regimes.
- Community Wellness
- We are working to demonstrate how providing mechanisms and IoT devices can encourage people to become more active through digitally delivered context-aware “nudges” designed to engender behavioural change. Based on data inputs such as weather, traffic levels, air quality and current location, we will develop a programme for citizens that primarily focuses on them getting out and exploring their city and local environment rather than instructing people to exercise.
- By motivating residents to progress towards a goal, such as steps taken, distance travelled, or adding gamification elements to encourage participation in challenges, we hope to develop a more effective and engaging way to improve community wellness levels. This work will test the hypothesis that increased movement levels can have a range of health benefits, including reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as improved mental health, productivity and general wellbeing. Additionally, the collation of data associated with this project will enable enhanced strategic thinking around how the general health and wellbeing of a targeted community can be greatly improved.
- Our Personal Wellness Platform, meanwhile, aims to tackle social isolation, which is a significant and health-impacting problem for seniors. We will use technology to make this population aware of activities in local spaces, such as parks, and ways to improve their lifestyles. Connected parks can improve safety, increase usage and manage more effectively their contribution to local communities.
- Neighbourhood Support Teams
- We are working to be able to deliver a set of fully connected services to neighbourhood support teams, which will help enhance decision making, support and bring clinical expertise to the virtual bedside of residents. It means nurses will be able to schedule appointments in the field and be granted access to patients’ homes via IoT locks managed through the cloud. Crucially, the ability to more readily collate data will allow for a richer passage of information to augment and supplement existing services, ensuring correct and timely delivery of medication, improved patient welfare and cost reductions for care trusts.
These are snapshots of the use cases we’re building around Health and Social Care. Get in touch if you have an idea or want to get involved.