How innovative technology can be used to help dementia patients

How innovative technology can be used to help dementia patients
A new innovative technology will enable dementia patients to receive round-the-clock observations and live independently.

A new innovative technology will enable dementia patients to receive round-the-clock observations and live independently, according to a new study.

During this study, researchers from the University of Surrey, UK, in partnership with Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, have developed an innovative technology that uses artificial intelligence to monitor the wellbeing of people with dementia.

According to the University of Surrey, the study uses the Internet of Things (IoT), a network of internet-enabled devices – sensors, monitors and trackers – installed in homes, which can detect immediate problems as well as changes in people’s health and daily routines. Any change could indicate a potential health issue and if identified early could prevent a person from becoming seriously unwell.

Dr Payam Barnaghi, reader in machine intelligence at the University of Surrey, said: “The impact of a simple algorithm on the life of people with dementia is staggering. Our algorithms and the unique technology it powers means that round-the-clock observation of people is possible, and this not only helps inform clinical decision making but enhances the care and support given to people with dementia and their carers.

“Technology plays a growing role in our healthcare system and it is crucial we capitalise on this to improve the care people receive.”

Other ways this new technology can be used for dementia patients

Alongside changes in the patient, the wellbeing of dementia patients can also be monitored by using this innovative technology, which can detect agitation and irritability.

Figures from the Alzheimer’s Society suggest that there are around 930,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to grow to over one million by 2025.

There is currently no cure for dementia, which places a strain on the NHS as the cost of care continues to grow. New and innovative technologies like this will help slow the decline and maintain independent living for people with dementia.

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