The NHS has partnered with a raft of technology giants with the intention of launching remote monitoring systems across the UK.
Google, IBM and Phillips have been recruited, with NHS deal-makers attending the Davos World Economic Forum talks in order to broker agreements.
This new technology will enable healthcare workers to monitor patients’ progress and provide improved support when necessary.
The collaboration between the public healthcare organisation and leading tech firms, will involve launching remote monitoring schemes via smart devices.
Although there are numerous benefits to this new technology, it is particularly intended that the initiative will encourage patients to more efficiently monitor their own health.
The technology will also enable the NHS to connect individuals confined to their homes to healthcare professionals for further support, without the need to attend an appointment.
The chief executive of NHS, Simon Stevens, announced the launch of the first wave of NHS Innovation ‘Test Beds’ at Davos on 22nd January.
Ahead of the widespread introduction of this initiative, the scheme will first be piloted at seven locations across the United Kingdom.
The pilots will be launched in London, Surrey, Sussex, Lancashire, Sheffield, Birmingham and Manchester. The service will be launched to other parts of the nation following the pilot’s successful completion.
Patients will be provided with state of the art wearable devices, which will have the ability to both record and analyse their conditions in real-time.
This will enable patients to fully track their long-term conditions from home, ensuring that NHS treatment is available at all times, while simultaneously reducing the strain on NHS resources.
It is particularly thought that the plans of the NHS could have a significant influence over conditions such as diabetes, which need to be monitored on an ongoing basis.
Diabetic patients and, for example, people with mental health issues can be provided with monitoring technology and applications, which will assist them with the process of managing their conditions.
The service could also be a veritable boon to elderly patients, particularly those with serious mental health conditions.
Those who have been diagnosed with dementia or similar neurodegenerative disorders, will be provided with wearable devices and remote monitoring technology.
And the application of smart home technology will also enable the NHS to fit home appliances such as fridges, kettles and curtain with sensors in order to ensure that patients are mobile, eating at regular intervals, and just generally experiencing acceptable health.
Commenting on the issue, the aforementioned Stevens indicated that he believed the Test Beds program could have a massive impact on the health of people across the UK.
“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.”