In a visit to learn more about Surrey Heartlands, the Chairman of NHS England, Sir Malcolm Grant, has welcomed a new Internet of Things study initiated by Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Innovation to improve the lives of patients

Sir Malcolm’s comments followed his visit last week to learn more about the Technology Integrated Health Management (TIHM) for Dementia study that is led by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and involves partners, the University of Surrey and the Alzheimer’s Society. TIHM for Dementia is one of seven test beds funded by the Department of Health that is examining new ways of delivering treatment and care.

Professor Sir Malcolm began the visit meeting Dr Claire Fuller, Senior Responsible Officer for Surrey Heartlands who also applauded the TIHM for Dementia study as a great example of the kind of innovation the Surrey Heartlands Partnership wants to see across all areas of healthcare to improve the lives of patients.

As part of the visit, held at the Abraham Cowley Unit in Chertsey, Professor Sir Malcolm also met Trevor and Moya Truman from Camberley and Marion and John Edwards from Shepperton. Both have been trialling the TIHM for dementia technology in their homes since earlier this year.

TIHM for dementia uses a network of small technological devices, installed in the home, that allow clinicians to remotely monitor a person’s health and safety round the clock and in real time. The technology, which uses machine learning and data analytics, monitors everything from blood pressure, temperature and mood to movement in and outside of the home. It can identify if someone is unwell or unsafe. It can also predict if someone’s condition deteriorates, allowing clinicians to step in early and offer support.

Professor Sir Malcolm said: “These are exciting times for the future of healthcare. TIHM is paving the way for a new approach that could transform the way we deliver care, especially for people with complex and long term health conditions.

“We are extremely grateful to Trevor and Moya and Marion and John for trialling this pioneering technology and for sharing their feedback with us. The technology is clearly making a tangible difference to their lives.”

Professor Sir Malcolm was accompanied on his visit by Dr Fuller, David McNulty, Independent Chair Surrey Heartlands Transformation Board; Matthew Tait, the Joint Accountable Officer for Guildford and Waverley, North West Surrey and Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Groups and Sarah Parker, Transformation Director for Surrey Heartlands.

Dr Fuller said:  “The TIHM project is a global exemplar in machine learning and artificial intelligence and it was a real pleasure to showcase this work by Surrey and Borders to Sir Malcolm. This is exactly the kind of innovation we want to see across Surrey Heartlands and underpins the wider learning that will help transform our local health and care system.”

You can learn more about the project here.