Europe’s first dedicated 5G health and social care pilot, Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care, demonstrated its latest home care technologies at the 5G Realised Conference in London last week.
The two day 5G Realised Conference, which took place on April 10-11, celebrated 5G technology and its potential benefits to a diverse range of sectors including health and social care, agriculture, transport and tourism.
Liverpool 5G showcased a range of technologies designed to help people manage long-term conditions at home and reduce isolation.
These include Safehouse Sensors, which are installed in homes to detect falls, changes in temperature and unusual behaviour patterns; PAMAN, which provides a video link to a pharmacy, helping people take medicines at home safely; and WarnHydrate’ a device used to detect dehydration in older people.
The consortium, made up of 11 organisations from Liverpool’s hospitals, council, universities and technology SMEs, has also developed virtual reality headsets that are being used at a palliative care ward at Royal Liverpool and Broadreen University Hospitals NHS Trust to reduce patient pain.
This technology won an innovation award at the 5G Realised Conference.
Rosemary Kay, Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care Project director, said: “We are very proud to have won this award as it recognises the care and effort our members have put into creating innovative use cases that improve people’s lives.”
Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care, which launched at Liverpool’s Sensor City last year, has recently been awarded an extra year’s funding.
The project received an additional £1.48 million from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and £54,000 from consortium partners, taking the total funding received so far to £4.9 million.
Caption: Members of the Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care Consortium gather at the 5G Realised Conference.