Published by , July 7, 2017 12:17 pm

Safe Patient Systems is pleased to announce that Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation Trust has started enrolling recruits into the new NHS dementia study that aims to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers using cutting edge technology.

The study, TIHM (Technology Integrated Health Management) for dementia is being led by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and is funded by the Department of Health.

The key aims of the program are to support people with mild to moderate dementia to stay safe and well in their homes and to reduce pressure on carers. It is also hoped the technology will help with future dementia research.

The technology involves a network of small technological devices, connected using the Internet of Things, that are installed in a person’s home.  These devices allow NHS clinicians to remotely monitor a person’s health, wellbeing and environment round the clock and in real time. If the technology identifies a health or safety problem, clinicians will be immediately alerted and will decide on the support needed. This may involve calling the carer to advise them of a concern, organising a GP appointment, arranging for an Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Navigator to visit or, if necessary, contacting the emergency services.

Surrey and Borders Partnership is recruiting 700 people with dementia and 700 carers to participate in TIHM for dementia. The study is designed to work alongside a person’s existing care and will not replace any help that is already being received.

The Safe Mobile Care digital care platform uses a familiar and easy to use smartphone device linked wirelessly to monitoring peripherals with appropriate questionnaires to support pro-active healthcare for people with dementia.

Mark Doorbar, CEO Safe Patient Systems said: ‘We are very excited to be part of such a ground breaking initiative! Our cloud-based connected healthcare platform, Safe Mobile Care, is a proven technology that support service transformation and empowers patients and citizens to manage their own health in a way that meet their needs best.”

Other key partners involved in the study include: the Alzheimer’s Society, University of Surrey, Royal Holloway University of London and the six Clinical Commissioning Groups for Surrey and North East Hampshire.

Safe Patient Systems was born out of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in 2005, and is today the number one provider of telehealth technology to the NHS. Its mobile healthcare solution supports personalised care plans, enables clinicians to monitor their patients at home and intervene proactively when needed, and empowers people with long-term conditions to actively manage their own health. The Safe Mobile Care platform uses familiar mobile and cloud-based technology which is easy to deploy, easy to use, flexible and cost-effective.  When introduced as part of a broader service redesign, it can reduce pressure on NHS resources while improving patient outcomes and lowering costs.

To find out more about the study and partnership, please contact Elisabeth Barbosa, Service Account Manager elisabeth.barbosa@safepatientsystems.com