Integrating technology to support the ageing population

Integrating technology to support the ageing population

Integrating technology to support the ageing population
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Cush Well being provides options to guard aged sufferers whereas sustaining their independence inside the group.

The World Health Organization predicts the financial and societal burden of falls will improve to epidemic proportions in all elements of the world. Cush Health is an NHS clinician-led group with an modern and scalable resolution that goals to fight this and assist prolonged wholesome dwelling.

Fall prevention

Yearly one in three folks over the age of 65 will expertise a fall, which may have life-changing or life-threatening penalties. The latest accessible census information exhibits 18% of the UK inhabitants is aged over 65; that is predicted to be nearer to 25% by 2046. Fall-related accidents account for 1.5 million mattress days and value the NHS over £2bn yearly. For people, falls may end up in unquantifiable ranges of hysteria and worry over easy day-to-day actions.

Present fall prevention methods are insufficient: most sufferers are referred for falls danger evaluation solely after a fall has occurred, by which era for a lot of it’s too late. These assessments are sometimes subjective and primarily based on a snapshot evaluation in a synthetic atmosphere; with the necessity for specialist employees making them time consuming and expensive.

Information science

The Cush Well being group combines information science and frontline NHS expertise to generate algorithms and options to enhance affected person care. With first-hand scientific expertise, Cush Well being co-founders Dr Sam Fosker and Dr Kalon Hewage are in a position to set up straightforward integration of information and measured metrics into healthcare pathways with clinically validated and related outcomes to streamline healthcare providers and enhance outcomes.

Information-driven applied sciences have the flexibility to rework healthcare; and that is precisely what Cush Well being goals to ship. Its platform analyses an aged particular person’s gait utilizing commercially accessible wearable applied sciences akin to sensible watches; this enables Cush to remotely assess sufferers of their pure atmosphere throughout actions of day by day dwelling to construct an goal overview of their danger and desires. The app platform can ship bespoke power and balancing programmes and act as a market for aids and group providers. Cush goals to dramatically improve affected person concordance with remedy as they’ll obtain continuous suggestions on their progress, equipping them with the self-motivation and instruments to enhance.

Dr Fosker, Cush Well being co-founder and anaesthetic and important care physician, mentioned: “Our platform is a novel resolution to the ‘Supported Affected person Autonomy’ that mHealth options can present – by aiding within the transition between completely different care establishments, we can assist our older inhabitants adapt again into their unbiased existence. It acts to help not solely their bodily well being however their psychological and social wellbeing as nicely.”


The present COVID-19 pandemic has made these applied sciences all of the extra pertinent; and Cush has been working in direction of serving to its native healthcare trusts develop options to allow them to ship high-level care beneath the present authorities pointers and social distancing restrictions. Cush Well being is increasing its platform to allow the healthcare system to construct again a extra sustainable and equitable well being mannequin following the pandemic. Cush has achieved this by connecting multidisciplinary groups spanning major and secondary care with affected person rehabilitation providers throughout a large geographical space, in an environmentally sustainable method.

Healthcare suppliers will be capable to use the distant monitoring system to handle their affected person inhabitants in actual time, with outliers routinely highlighted for evaluation or intervention; thus lowering time and prices related to continuous visits and follow-ups in addition to bettering move from acute hospital beds again into the group. It will facilitate continuity of care and bridge the hole between healthcare providers and affected person autonomy. By integrating into expertise already broadly disseminated locally akin to smartphones and sensible watches, this agnostic resolution is scalable and might develop shortly to satisfy demand.

As soon as Cush Well being customers are again locally, they’ll be capable to simply join with native providers and group tasks to be able to combine again into their unbiased energetic lives. Cush Well being is increasing its community of group groups to incorporate each unbiased schemes and enormous charitable organisations akin to Age UK to create as a lot help and assist for customers as doable. This has turn out to be more and more related inside the present pandemic local weather and can enable healthcare providers to not solely allow socially distanced help however supply providers to a wider inhabitants, bettering well being fairness and entry to care.

With our present local weather, the impression of deconditioning and social isolation has grown from an acknowledged worrying concern to a possible international disaster. By integrating enhancements in mobility with native providers we can’t solely defend the independence of our older inhabitants but in addition assist with the social worry and insecurity that may put them at elevated danger of additional deterioration and harm.

Dr Hewage, Cush Well being co-founder and orthopaedic surgical registrar, mentioned: “Older folks have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic following the UK authorities recommendation for them to ‘defend indoors’ adversely affecting their bodily exercise. As well as, supply of rehabilitation in hospital and locally have each been restricted by the pandemic. Second and third waves of COVID-19 are anticipated which is able to proceed to negatively have an effect on older folks’s exercise and mobility. Progressive methods to help this inhabitants are urgently required to minimise the impression of the pandemic and make sure the provision of high-quality, holistic and patient-centred care.”

Cush Well being

Cush Well being has been awarded two Innovate UK grants to review its goal inhabitants of aged sufferers. The group has been in a position to practice a machine studying algorithm with accuracy over 90% for fall prediction from remotely collected unstructured information. Cush is supported by the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tutorial Well being Science Community and the Enterprise Europe Community; and has constructed up partnerships with NHS trusts and scientific commissioning teams (CCGs) within the Southeast of England. It has additionally developed working partnerships with care houses and wholesome ageing groups within the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, having gained the EU-funded SEAS 2 GROW Agetech Accelerator.

Cush Well being’s resolution will assist streamline healthcare providers and enhance environmental and sustainable financial outcomes. The NHS is the biggest public sector contributor to carbon emissions; and Cush’s novel resolution presents a fantastic alternative to assist flip the tide in direction of internet zero healthcare within the UK and past.

Cush Well being Ltd
Sam Fosker

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