‘E-Health’ is about using the power of internet-based technologies to improve home-based health programmes. Newcastle University is developing an edge in this high-growth sector and recently won a £1.8 million contract from the Health Innovation Challenge Fund, which is supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Department of Health.
The project will allow medical staff to remotely assess the on-going rehabilitation of patients who have suffered strokes. Staff will be able to make constant changes and adjustments to the patients’ exercises, based on a rich stream of data about their progress. There will be less need for traditional, and often inconvenient, medical appointments.
A key reason why Newcastle won the contract is its ability to bring together a wide range of interlocking expertise. The rehabilitation programme is devised by the University’s Institute of Neuroscience; the computer technology and algorithms are developed by the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE); the innovative pricing model is developed by the Business School.
On top of this, there is further collaboration with the University’s Institute of Ageing and Health, plus the Institute of Health & Society. There are also strong links with the local NHS Trust and with the North East Stroke Research Network, which has received a top rating from the Care Quality Commission.
The project’s Principal Investigator, Professor Janet Eyre, comments: “With so much collaborative engagement with high quality stakeholders, Newcastle University is well-placed to implement strategic partnership initiatives to address major global challenges – especially relating to health, wellbeing and sustainable development.”
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