Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer, Tohoku University


Seminars and Symposia

IDAC Seminar, 12 November 2012

Secretariat, Alumni Association, IDAC
Date Monday, 12 November 2012, 11:00~12:00
Room Smart Aging Research Building International Conference Room
Title Innovations in Assisted Living in the UK
Speaker Dr. Steve Battersby
Affiliation Philips Research 
Person-in-charge Ryuta Kawashima Dept. Functional Brain Imaging 
Contact: Yuka Konno(ex8585)

The UK is widely recognised as leading in Europe in innovating in the use of Assisted Living Technologies to support its growing frail and elderly population, as well people who are living with long term, chronic disease such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and CHF (congestive heart failure). Examples of Assisted Living Technologies include fall detectors or environmental detectors for the older population and vital signs monitoring systems, often called telehealth systems, for those with chronic diseases. The talk will provide an overview of how thinking within the UK government and care provider organisations has developed over time, starting with the over-simplistic assumption that improvement would come about simply through the installation of technology in people’s homes to the realisation that engagement and motivation of both citizens and carers alike is key, with technology providing a supporting role in enabling more self-care and successful service re-design. This linkage between technology and behaviour considerably complicates the innovation process, especially when the technology purchaser and the end user are different, as is typical for a healthcare system which is either insurance based or taxation based. The talk will then go on to introduce how the UK government is trying to promote two forms of collaborative relationship to meet this challenge. The first, known as “dallas”, is designed to develop a relationship between technology companies and service providers, organisations which are typically more used to a customer-supplier relationship, with the purpose of co-developing innovative service delivery methods. The second, known as “3 Million Lives”, aims to bring competitive companies together to collaborate to “make the market” for telehealth services.
Philips is deeply embedded in these initiatives, being present in 2 out of the 4 dallas groups and leading the commissioning workstream in 3 Million Lives. However, the presentation will not give a company perspective but will, instead, focus on the UK strategy, the initiatives underway and on learning points and issues which are arising. The author hopes that these can be of benefit to Japan nationally as it also seeks to serve the healthcare needs of its aging population as well as to researchers seeking to innovate in this important area.