Wednesday 3rd Oct 2018
Digital Healthcare is being introduced into the National Health Service to make it safer, faster and more cost effective. This Science Group meeting was hosted by the NHS Innovation Agency, whose job it is to promote innovation and so improve health care in the region. After some presentation by agency staff explaining their work, five small companies developing these innovative devices explained and demonstrated them and members had the chance to try them out and give feedback; this is important to the companies involved to ensure that their products meet our needs. The companies involved were:
- Nordic Walking who provide instruction and equipment for Nordic Walking to improve posture and health through exercise, more information at http://www.mattgibbs.co.uk/. The presenter, Matt Gibbs, would be willing to give a “taster session” to any U3A group wishing to give this a try.
- Rophi Cushions who produce a specially designed cushion for sleeping intended to relieve lower back pain, more information is available at https://rophi.co.uk/wp/
- Damibu who are a Liverpool based digital health technology studio that works mainly with NHS and other Public Sector Bodies to develop simple innovative solutions to complex problems. They are looking for participants to take part in focus groups to aid the direction of their developments. More information is available at http://www.damibu.com/
- IOT Horizon who are a local Blackburn company specialising in controlled access e.g. where a carer or pharmacy deliverer could be remotely allowed to unlock your door during a specified time period to gain controlled access. More information available at https://www.iothorizon.com/
- Happy days, a company specialising in all sorts of aid for dementia sufferers and their carers such as activity workshops, memory and chat prompts and reminiscence rooms. More information is available at https://www.dementiaworkshop.co.uk/