eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (EPIC)
A collaborative, three-year project, EPIC helps grow eHealth businesses and improve health, wellbeing and enhance care quality. Funded by a £2.7 million grant from the European Regional Development (ERDF) and the South West Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), EPIC has established an eHealth ecosystem that connects key sectors in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with research expertise at the University, led by Dr Arunangsu Chatterjee and Professor Ray Jones. The project enables new technological innovations to be created and adopted and so far has successfully awarded 42 grants to businesses for this purpose. Working together with key partners, the project is helping to improve the quality of life and boost wellbeing.
A £2.7 million project, RadioMe uses artificial intelligence to adapt and personalise live radio, with the aim of transforming lives for people living alone with dementia. Funded by The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), it addresses key causes of hospital admission for people with dementia, such as agitation and not taking medication correctly. Led by Professor Eduardo Miranda from the University and including other university partners, it will develop a way to remix live digital broadcast so that listeners will receive personal reminders, information and music to improve quality of life and allow people to remain living independently at home for longer.
South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN)
SWCTN aims to expand the use of creative technologies in the South West of England by harnessing expertise in creative technology research at the University and other partners into a model of Knowledge Exchange with the health, manufacturing and creative economy industry sectors and new talent. Part of Research England’s Connecting Capabilities Fund and led by the University of the West of England (UWE), the £6.5 million project offers three one-year funded programmes around the themes of Immersion, Automation and Data to develop new products for market. The University has provided four Fellows: Ms Polly Macpherson, Dr Alejandro Veliz Reyes, Dr Edward Braund, Dr Birgitte Aga, Rosie Brave (ResM student).
Innovation in Healthy Ageing Devon
In a county with an ever-increasing ageing population, ensuring Healthy Ageing – helping people to develop and maintain their ‘functional ability’, be mobile, independent and maintain relationships – is increasingly important. Innovation in Healthy Ageing, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), brings academic expertise together with small enterprises in Devon to develop new technology, applications for existing technology, services, models or processes to address key challenges affecting how people in age in Devon. Led by Professor Ray Jones and Dr John Tredinnick-Rowe from the University, it offers student placements within local industry as well as the opportunity for businesses to bid for funding and gain practical and specialist health innovation support.
Movecare: Multiple-actors Virtual Empathic Caregivers for the Elderly
Focussed on supporting independent living through the use of robotic companions, this Horizon 2020 funded project studies how people interact with the University’s ‘Pepper’ – the most advanced humanoid robot currently available on the market. With its voice recognition system and exceptional artificial intelligence, Pepper is capable of maintaining a conversation, identifying emotions and adjusting his behaviour accordingly. Movecare allows researchers at the University, led by Professor Angelo Cangelosi and Professor Ray Jones, to study Pepper in a more realistic, home-like environment rather than in a lab, to identify the impact on the elderly.
eCoacher is a multi-centred randomised controlled trial that investigates the effects of adding web-based coaching to an exercise referral scheme (ERS) – where doctors prescribe exercise to patients who have chronic physical or mental health conditions – as a way to increase uptake and sustained health-enhancing physical activity. Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and led by Professor Adrian Taylor from the University, this partnership project aims to increase the average number of minutes spent on physical activity for those who have the support of eCoacher compared with the usual exercise referral alone.
Led by Dr Marco Palomino, Lecturer in Information Systems and Big Data, AGE’IN is directly addressing the problem of an overly ageing population in the UK and Europe. With the South West seen as one of the areas in the UK with a high ageing populous, the project supports businesses to evaluate their health innovation products and services, and supports with an understanding of user needs via extensive research. The University of Plymouth’s Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS) also provides access to selected technology.
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The £75,000 project, co-funded by NHS Kernow Clinical and NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Groups and the South West Academic Health Science Network, explores enablers, barriers and effectiveness of the online evaluation tool, eConsult used in Cornwall and Devon. This project critically responds to the need for independent evaluation on online consultation tools and addresses identified limitations of existing research by exploring the perspectives of both healthcare providers and patients and its cost implications. With the implementation of eConsult at an early stage and an increasing drive towards its expansion, an accurate understanding of its effectiveness is imperative. Led by Dr Arunangsu Chatterjee, this timely research seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of eConsult using a mixed methods design informed by Normalisation Process Theory.