Amara Nwosu

MBCHB MRCP PhD


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Internet of Things Technology for elderly home support – NHS Knowledge Exchange Scheme

This year I was delighted to have been chosen to participate in the NHS North West Research and Development Knowledge Exchange scheme. This was the inaugural year for an exchange program which aims to facilitate the sharing of ideas, skills and knowledge between the health, University and business sectors. The hope is that such an exchange will lead to future innovation and collaboration between these areas.
The scheme was a fantastic opportunity for me to build on my interests of how new emerging technology is used to support care for people living with advanced illness. On the 5th of July I had the pleasure of spending a day with the Howz (https://www.howz.com), a company that specialises in the development of Internet of Things Home monitoring devices. Howz is a platform aimed at elderly people, typically living alone, that monitors energy usage, linking to patterns of daily activity which are identified by non-invasive multi-sensors that track heat, light and movement.The data is fed into live updates within the Howz app interface, allowing the user to notify their care network of their daily routine. The app also uses the data to spot anomalies in daily activity and send alerts to a family member, friend or care giver.
Throughout the day I met with different members of the team and discussed the opportunities and challenges surrounding the development of technology to provide health monitoring in the home environment. We shared potential solutions for overcome theses challenges and discussed opportunities for future work and collaboration.
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Further information about the Knowledge Exchange Scheme for Early Career Researcher can be found here:
Further information about Howz can be found here:
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MyPal podcast: Wearable technology in healthcare – can palliative care benefit? Episode 13

Does wearable technology have a role in improving heath, monitoring fitness and helping deliver personalised medical therapies or is it just a fad which will disappear in time? In this episode of MyPal I discuss the potential wearable technology has for healthcare and also highlights the limitations of the current technology.

Wearable Devices as Facilitators, Not Drivers, of Health Behavior Change by Mitesh S. Patel et al (JAMA)

jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?a…icleid=2089651

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