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TIHM (Technology Integrated Health Management) for dementia is a pioneering study that aims to transform support for people with dementia and their carers. It is led by our Trust in partnership with the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing at the University of Surrey and smart monitoring provider, Howz.

Aims

  • to improve the lives of people with dementia
  • to support people with dementia to stay safe and well in their own homes
  • to reduce the need for hospital and care home admissions
  • to relieve the stress faced by carers.

The study uses a network of digital devices installed in a person's home, in combination with artificial intelligence, to enable clinicians to remotely monitor the health and wellbeing of the person with dementia. If the technology identifies a problem, an alert is triggered and followed up by a centralised monitoring team.

The first phase of the TIHM for dementia study was launched in 2016 and involved more than 400 people with dementia and their carers from across Surrey and NE Hampshire.  Participants were involved in the study for six months. Following positive findings, that were independently evaluated by the University of Surrey's  School of Health Sciences,  a second study was launched in April this year and will be completed at the end of September, 2019.  The aim of this second study,  involving 120 people with dementia and their carers,  is to further refine and develop the TIHM for dementia technology following feedback from participants in the first phase.

For more information, download our information leaflet.

The study is funded by NHS England and the Office for Life Sciences. Information about our partners can be found here.

NHS Innovation Test Beds

TIHM for dementia is one of only seven NHS Innovation Test Beds, and is one of two specifically looking at creating an Internet of Things – the idea of connecting any device to the internet and/or each other via the internet.

The Test Bed programme was launched by NHS England in January 2016 as a series of different projects that aim to modernise health care to benefit older people with long-term health problems and improve the way NHS services are delivered by evaluating the impact of new technologies. It is linked to the NHS Five Year Forward View which sets out how health services need to change in order to engage with patients, carers and citizens to promote wellbeing and prevent ill-health.

Objectives

The study's objectives include:

  • To give people with dementia more control over their health and wellbeing
  • To increase the ability of people with dementia to live independently
  • To improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers, through the use of technology
  • To allow people with dementia to live well in their homes for longer, reducing bed stays and care home admissions
  • To improve the responsiveness of the health and care system, and support faster professional decision making by providing support at an earlier stage
  • To decrease the amount of time people spend in hospital
  • To demonstrate how partnership working can achieve solutions to the challenges and complexities of everyday life
  • To use our learnings as a stepping stone for future research into how technology can benefit other long-term physical and mental health conditions
  • To relieve the stress on caregivers, providing them with confidence that they will be alerted if something goes wrong.