Industry leaders debate mobile health at TechnologyWorld09

Cambridge Wireless Healthcare Special Interest Group will tackle some hard questions facing healthcare systems around the world during its ‘Mobile Health’ seminars at TechnologyWorld09 (23 to 24 November).

The UK is at the forefront of the health technology sector, developing solutions to address issues facing ageing developed economies, growly sophisticated developing economies and public expenditure constraints

With NHS’s high level of IT investment 98% of British GPs use IT systems for electronic medical records. According to NHS Connecting for Health technology, has saved the NHS at least £208 million.

During UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) TechnologyWorld09 speakers from Hidalgo, Orange, University of Birmingham, MiLife and iPLATO Healthcare will debate how the UK’s wireless technology sector will help primary care, hospital, social care and consumer products.

Themes explored includes wireless in health monitoring in tough environments, e-health, body area networks, a revolution in personalised preventative health systems and linking GPs and their patients for efficiency and health promotion.

Cambridge Wireless CEO Soraya Jones said:

”Cambridge Wireless is delighted to work with UKTI to deliver a world class series of seminars on mobile health. These seminars will address and tackle the issues on the use of technology to help the increasing ageing society of our future.”

The Cambridge Wireless Healthcare Special Interest Group seminars are championed by Networks for Independent Living’s David Cudby, TTP Group’s Michael Lukin, Cambridge Consultants’ Paul Williamson, CSR’s Arif Rahman and Airwave Solutions’ Justin Paul.

Delegates attending TechnologyWorld09 can register to attend the seminars as part of the meeting booking system.

TechnologyWorld09 is one of the UK’s largest technology meet-the-buyer events. The two-day event at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry gives British firms a platform to build international business. Over 200 delegates have already signed up. Last year TechnologyWorld09 generated an estimated £30 million in business deals for attending companies.

For more information on the Cambridge Wireless Healthcare Special Interest Group seminars visit http://scottishhealthcare.co.uk/tw09

Leeds University research into longer lasting body replacement parts

Science to ‘stop age clock at 50’

By Michelle Roberts
Health reporter, BBC News

Elderly lady

Replacement body parts could last much longer in the future

Centenarians with the bodies of 50-year-olds will one day be a realistic possibility, say scientists.

Half of babies now born in the UK will reach 100, thanks to higher living standards, but our bodies are wearing out at the same rate.

To achieve “50 active years after 50”, experts at Leeds University are spending £50m over five years looking at innovative solutions.

They plan to provide pensioners with own-grown tissues and durable implants.

New hips, knees and heart valves are the starting points, but eventually they envisage most of the body parts that flounder with age could be upgraded.

Read more about this research

Joseph Rowntree Foundation study emerging technologies to provide elderly at-home care.

The future’s bright, the future’s talking Zimmers and robo-pets

The technology used in robots such as Asimo may be used to help elderly people stay independent
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Published Date: 20 October 2009
By Craig Brown

WALKING frames that remind their users where they are going and coffee tables that act as home medicine dispensaries are just some of the technologies that could help cut down on care home bills and help older people live at home for longer, new research has suggested.

In the next 15 years, the number of over-65s in the UK is expected to increase by more than three million, and the number of dementia suffers is also predicted to rise.

A study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Centre for Usable Home Technology at the University of York has recommended that to manage the pressure on services this rise will bring, councils could use various emerging technologies in order to provide at-home care.

In addition to such innovations as talking walking frames and dispensing coffee tables, the study suggests: the use of robo-pets that could offer companionship, and double up as fire, gas and intruder detectors; special exoskeleton suits that could be worn by the infirm to help them to keep mobile; and kitchen worktop and fridge screens to monitor larder contents, suggest recipes and produce automatic shopping lists.

Dr Kevin Doughty, of the JRF Centre for Usable Home Technology at the University of York, said councils are now faced with the challenge of planning to exploit emerging technologies.

Read more about emerging technologies for patient care here