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Harnessing technology to cut the number of admissions

Community nurses could find their roles and patients changing if a series of new technology trials delivers its aim to modernise the NHS. Life sciences and technology industries have collaborated with the NHS to set up seven innovative ‘test-bed’ trials in England to assess new ways to help patients stay well at home

Community nurses could find their roles and patients changing if a series of new technology trials delivers its aim to modernise the NHS. Life sciences and technology industries have collaborated with the NHS to set up seven innovative ‘test-bed’ trials in England to assess new ways to help patients stay well at home.

The aim of the trials is to test whether new technology can help to keep older patients and those with long-term conditions, such as diabetes, dementia and mental health problems, out of hospital.

Tracking devices

Patients, nurses and other healthcare staff will evaluate whether people with dementia can use sensors and tracking devices, whether those with diabetes can receive digital ‘coaching’ to self-care, and whether intelligence centres can monitor people at risk of mental health crises.

The project, conceived by NHS England with technology partners, such as IBM, Philips and Verily, involves a range

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