PSC Researchers to Investigate the High-Tech Future of Healthcare
The UK’s healthcare system faces unprecedented challenges. Britain is the most obese nation in Europe and the country’s ageing population is especially at risk from isolation, depression, strokes and fractures caused by falls in the home. A pioneering new collaboration aims to address these issues by developing a 24/7 digital home health assistant.
An interdisciplinary research collaboration between the Universities of Southampton (Professor S. Beeby, Professor B. Al-Hashimi and Dr G. Merrett) and Reading and led by the University of Bristol, has been awarded a grant by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of £12 million. They will work in partnership with Bristol City Council, IBM, Toshiba and Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC).
The collaboration, known as SPHERE (Sensor Platform for HEalthcare in a Residential Environment), will develop home sensor systems to monitor the health and wellbeing of people living at home.
Posted by Dr Geoff Merrett on 10 Jun 2013.