The 'Internet of Things' - this caught The Blondes attention

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I am thrilled to read that in Davos today, Simon Stevens will be launching  NHS Innovation 'Test Beds'. Older patients and people with long term conditions and mental health problems will be among the first to benefit from this new drive to modernise how the NHS delivers care. The aim is to harness technology to address some of the most complex issues facing patients and the health service.

Frontline health and care workers will pioneer and evaluate the use of novel combinations of interconnected devices such as wearable monitors, data analysis and ways of working which will help patients stay well and monitor their conditions themselves at home.

Successful innovations will then be available for other parts of the country to adopt and adapt to the particular needs of their local populations - we love this, sharing fab stuff to help make more fab stuff happen.

There will initially be 5 NHS Test Beds and then 2 projects looking at the ‘Internet of Things’! 

Wow, the 'Internet of Things' is all about joined up technology and is a term used to describe how everyday objects and devices are increasingly linked to each other and to networks in order to deliver more value for their users. 

The 'Internet of Things' means both hardware and software technologies; the hardware consists of the connected devices – which range from simple sensors to smartphones and wearable devices – and the networks that link them, while software components include data storage platforms and analytics programmes that present information to users.  Technology Integrated Health Management (TIHM) – a collaboration between Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and an array of health technology providers which will help people with dementia to live in their own homes for longer. Individuals and their carers will be provided with sensors, wearables, monitors and other devices, which will combine into an 'Internet of Things' to monitor their health at home. This will empower people to take more control over their own health and wellbeing, as well as enabling health and social care staff to deliver more responsive and effective services.

Innovation is everybody's business and we have loads of fabulous Examples of how technology is improving care, just think how much more powerful this could be if all these great solutions were joined up in the 'Internet of things'.
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