CCS, keeping the North East up to date with the Internet of Things
It’s estimated that by 2025, there will be around 1 million people in the UK diagnosed with dementia. The cost of caring of people suffering from the illness is also rising, and expected to triple by 2050. These are saddening and difficult statistics, and some which need to be addressed in a way that provides more long term manageable solutions for the healthcare industry.
Researchers across the world have been working with technology for a number of years in order to ease the strain of caregivers and provide education, training, and relief through innovative and smart cloud-based solutions. This has led to the development of a new revolutionary online platform known as iDementia, designed specifically for sufferers of the illness and those responsible for providing both medical and non-medical care.
The University of California (UCSF) has teamed up with the University of Nebraska Medical Centre, to kick off a $10 million research incentive to develop an innovative dementia ‘ecosystem’, which will provide online consultations, education and training for sufferers and their families; helping them plan ahead for important financial and medical decisions.
Another leap in the advancement and progression of the Internet of Things (IoT), by collating patient data in the form of smart phones, watches, and home sensors, iDementia will undoubtedly transform the efficiency and response times for this aspect of the healthcare industry.
As technology becomes an integral part of healthcare plans for the future, this creative advancement is expected to reduce hospitalisation costs by almost a third, without compromising on patient care. Each patient will have a non-medical navigator who will coordinate care and triage calls through an Internet dashboard; ensuring patients have access to healthcare staff when needed, and allowing for remote monitoring of patients from their homes or care facilities.
Of course, iDementia is only one stem of a larger roadmap in improving our quality of life through technology. As systems become more advanced, and data measurement becomes more widespread, it’s likely that access to reliable and safe medical care will be available across the world. The scope of such technology is endless. The management of dementia and other chronic illnesses could be significantly improved thanks to cloud based communication; another link in the chain of control and maintenance of our healthcare system.
At CCS, we consider ourselves to be early adopters of technological innovation, and see such developments as iDementia an integral part of the future development of our society. We’re all in the process of becoming integrated in a larger technological ecosystem that will make processes smarter, more efficient, and more sustainable.