UK is Test-Bed for TIHM IoT Venture
Wearable smart devices and sensor systems are being used in private homes to help patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia stay in their homes longer and reduce their loved one’s burden of care. Vision 360 and Arqiva are working with partners within the Technology Integrated Health Management (TIHM) Test Bed, a collaborative effort with the Surrey and Border’s Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to create an ecosystem of sensors, gateways, servers, and user-interfaces to enable loved ones and health care professionals to remotely monitor the well-being of patients.
Vision360 is responsible for providing their 360V Toolkit of health and assistive care technology, and Arqiva is bringing connectivity via their SIGFOX IoT network.
As technology extends our life spans, the number of people in the UK with Dementia is expected to increase from 850,000 to 1 million by 2025.
Payam Barnaghi, project technology lead at the University of Surrey, said: “The ‘Internet of Things’ Test Bed will provide continuous monitoring and observation data in a secure environment and will provide mechanisms to extract information.
“This in turn will support better and faster decision making for caregivers, clinical teams and support groups.”
Data capturing sensors will feed patient information into a platform which transforms the data into actionable events. For example, sensors on doors alert caregivers to patient movements. Blood Pressure monitors can detect agitation, aggression, and irritation through observable spikes in BP. Carbon Monoxide detectors can detect the result of an open flame or unattended oven.
The TIHM Portal has a user interface of three columns. On the left sidebar is a panel of patient details such as Address, Contacts, Absences, Notes, and Options. In the center is the CRC Living Lab of Alerts and Follow Ups. Alerts describe spikes in patient activity, low battery power within sensors, unusual temperature or humidity readings within rooms, and whether patients have missed taking their medication. To the right is a list of all Available Data along with the time of the last received Data. These include: Blood Pressure, Pulse Oximetry, Body Temperature, Weight, Body Water, Motion, PIR Motion, Bed/Chair Occupancy, Door Sensor, Room Temperature, Room Humidity, Questionnaire Response, and Medication.
The TIHM initiative is in its test stage. The dashboard must be tweaked before the User Interface becomes approachable to all potential caregivers. However, this is the start of something big in Healthcare.