Greater Manchester-based digital healthcare company, Intelesant, has been announced as one of the partners in a new NHS Test Bed project that aims to provide people affected by dementia with the latest technology, designed to allow them to remain in their own home for longer.
Intelesant’s role in the Internet of Things Test Bed, led by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, is to provide the use of Howz, an app developed predominantly for elderly people, typically living alone. By analysing energy usage and data from sensors that track heat, light and movement it is a way of non-invasively understanding a person’s daily routine. The data is fed into live updates within the Howz app interface, notifying care givers and family members of any abnormalities that may indicate that a problem has arisen.
Intelesant will also be working with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust (LCFT) in a separate Test Bed project providing its ‘How are you today?’ self management app for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust will be pioneering its Test Bed with a range of partners to form the Lancashire and Cumbria Innovation Alliance (LCIA). These include the Lancaster Health Hub and Philips amongst many others comprising SMEs, social enterprises, and voluntary organisations.
A total of seven NHS trusts across the country have been awarded grants, funded by NHS England and Innovate UK, as part of the first wave of this NHS Innovation Test Bed project.
Jonathan Burr, CEO of Intelesant, said:
“We are incredibly excited to have been chosen as one of the partners in this hugely important Test Bed project. Working with these two NHS Trusts and the rest of the project’s partners will give us with the opportunity to demonstrate how new technologies can be utilised to create models of care that are better equipped to deal with elderly and frail patients and dementia sufferers.”
NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens said:
“Over the next decade major health gains won’t just come from a few ‘miracle cures’, but also from combining diverse breakthroughs in fields such as biosensors, medtech and drug discovery, mobile communications, and AI computing.
“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.”