TIHM (Technology Integrated Health Management) for dementia is a major NHS study that aims to transform support for people with dementia and their carers.
- to improve the lives of people with dementia
- to support people with dementia to stay safe and well in their own homes
- to reduce hospital and care home admissions
- to relieve the stress on carers.
The study uses a network of internet enabled devices installed in a person's home, in combination with artificial intelligence, to enable clinicians to remotely monitor their health round the clock. If the technology identifies a problem, an alert is triggered and followed up by a clinical monitoring team.
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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.
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.