This new innovative technology could help people living with dementia live independently and in their own home longer. The study is known as Technology Integrated Health Management for dementia and uses a network of internet devices such as sensors monitors and trackers. These devices are installed in the homes and can be used to detect immediate crisis, change in people’s health and changes in their daily routine. The devices are used to monitor changes that could indicate potential health issues, aiding in early detection to prevent later hospitalization. The devices can also monitor general well-being of people living with dementia by detecting agitation and irritability. The study will continue to determine the impacts this new technology can have on the quality of life of people living with dementia. The hope is that this technological device will allow round the clock observation of people living with dementia to help inform clinical decision and enhance care and support. Dr. Payam Barnaghi, the Reader in machine Intelligence at the University of Surrey where this study is based stated, “Technology plays a growing role in our healthcare system and it is crucial we capitalise on this to improve the care people receive”. With these rapid advancements in technology it would be in our best interest to use such devices to improve quality of care for people living with dementia and other health conditions.
SOURCE: Science Daily: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180604112453.htm
DATE RETRIEVED: June 8th 2018