Chronic health and care challenges to be addressed through ground breaking research projects

12 Sep 2008

New technology is to be developed that aims to meet the demand for more independent living from the elderly and people suffering from long term conditions.

The development of technology-based innovative solutions is to be accelerated following the announcement today of government funding for nine innovative research projects, which will see a total investment of £11m. 

The projects will bring together the best UK expertise from industry, the health and care professions and universities.  The collaborative projects will result in research and development in areas such as: 

  • in-home two-way video technology for the supply of health information and for tele-consultation with health professionals;
  • an automated, non-intrusive, intelligent monitoring system for the elderly and disabled;
  •  the development of an innovative real time gait training system for people with an abnormal gait;
  •  the evaluation of the potential benefits of proactive preventative telecare and telehealth systems.

The Technology Strategy Board will invest over £5m in the initiative while the Department of Health will contribute a further £500,000.  This investment will be matched by funding from the companies participating in the research.

Explaining the background to the initiative, the Technology Strategy Board's Chief Executive, Iain Gray, said: "The impact of living longer, the quality and potentially increasing cost of care for those with chronic long term conditions, and preventing health problems like obesity, are major societal and economic challenges.  However, such challenges also give us the incentive to develop innovative solutions."

"Through our investment in these exciting projects, the Technology Strategy Board is helping to bring together the UK's world class expertise to research and develop innovative technologies in a key area for the UK" he added,  "The technologies to be developed will bring social and economic benefits to the UK, and will have global potential.  We are delighted to offer our support."

This is the first investment in research and development by the Assisted Living Innovation Platform, which was launched in November 2007 and brings together government, business and the research community to address health and care challenges caused by the welcome impact of living longer, but the increasing demand for care for people with long term conditions.   

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Last updated on Thursday 18 September 2008 at 12:51

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