Alston Healthcare have also been involved in developing and working on a number of other telehealth projects over the past few years:
BREATHE is a remote home monitoring system aimed at people who are caring for a relative or friend with a long term condition helping them to remain in their home, living as independently as possible, for as long as possible. The system supports carers, improving the quality of life, both for the carer and their loved one.
The system uses a mixture of sensors and cameras installed in the home to monitor daily living activities, such as use of kitchen appliances, movement around the home and leaving the house. It provides the carer with a live summary of the overall activity of person they care for, including a heatmap of movement, which they can access remotely via the internet on their computer, tablet or smart phone. The system can be customised so it sends alerts to the carer if there is unusual activity and carers can even access a live camera feed in the event they have any serious concerns.
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European project partners were based in Spain, Ireland, Italy and in the UK, Cybermoor worked locally with Eden Housing Association. A working demo of the monitoring system was installed in one of their supported housing ‘Grisedale flats’ at Alston, using a fibre optic broadband connection installed as part of Cybermoor’s new high speed fibre optic network (see below).
The Grisedale flat was chosen for the pilot scheme because it is already providing supported accommodation in the middle of Alston for people aged 55+ with a support need. Support is provided by the Eden Independent Living service offered by Eden Housing Association. Eden Independent Living is an umbrella service that enables people to remain as independent as possible in their own homes, so this new pilot scheme is a welcome pilot innovation.
The BREATHE project was co-funded by the European AAL Joint Programme and Public Authorities in Spain, UK, Ireland and Italy. This programme aims to create better living conditions for older adults and to develop commercial opportunities in Europe for new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services.
Working with Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Cumbria Health on Call (CHOC) to develop video links between community hospitals across Cumbria to reduce journeys for patients and ensure that they are treated closer to home. We currently have links between Alston and Penrith Community Hospitals. This link can save valuable time and money for clinicians by allowing them to diagnose patients via the video links and advise on treatments.
Telehealth services enable people to monitor their own condition in their home using simple devices.
These devices can measure important health indicators, such as blood pressure, heart rhythms, heart rate, and levels of sugar and oxygen in the blood, as well as ask questions about their symptoms. The information recorded is securely sent via phone lines to health care staff, allowing them to quickly assess a patient’s condition. Changes in condition can be detected early and advice or treatment provided immediately. This allows the doctor or specialist nurse to treat an illness earlier, preventing the condition worsening and avoiding a crisis. The monitoring equipment used will also support carers, help to keep people independent and also give them choice and useful information to help them manage their own health.
If you are interested in developing a telehealth project with Tunstall RTX equipment or would like to purchase some Tunstall equipment for COPD, please get in touch with us.
Existing health and social care institutions have insufficient capacity and resources to meet demand from the ageing population. The digital revolution has created opportunities for new products and services and new ways of doing business by private, voluntary and public sector organisations.
The SALT project addressed the themes of both ALIP3 & ALIP4, bringing together multi-disciplinary researchers with practitioners from business, health and social care services, government agencies, third sector organisations and user groups to develop innovative, workable, scalable and sustainable solutions.
The main objective of the project was to identify business models for scalable assistive technologies and services to promote sustainable market development for independent healthy living. This includes understanding the factors that promote or inhibit the uptake, use and integration of assistive technologies for older people living in the community from a user-centred perspective.
Visit the SALT website for more information about the project.