The University of Plymouth and a collaboration of Cornish and national partners have been awarded £2.7million European funding to improve the use of eHealth in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
The project, known as eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (EPIC), will involve doctors, nurses, care homes, patients, University academics and small companies in the region to help find the best uses of the internet, apps, and robotics in health and social care.
Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), EPIC runs for three years.
Initiatives could include the use of video calls to better connect care home residents, development and implementation of apps that support people wanting to make positive behavioural changes, care robots to comfort people with dementia, or even the use of drones to get emergency equipment to rural locations quickly.
The collaboration includes Kernow Health CIC, Cornwall Partners in Care, the patients association, South West Academic Health Science Network, and Creative England, who will work to find technologies that can best help improve services, along with those which are, or can be, produced within Cornwall.