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DHSC Technology Fund pilots new 4D falls technology in care homes

4D imaging technology which can prevent falls and automatically alert carers to a medical issue could soon be rolled out in more care homes across England.

Whzan Guardian, a UK-developed technology, is a monitoring system that uses 4D mapping technology to track people’s movement around the house and detect falls through sensors placed around the home.

Pilots in several care homes across England resulted in a 66 per cent reduction in falls and around a 97.5 per cent reduction in ambulances called or required post fall, reducing pressure on the NHS and protecting vulnerable residents.

The technology will now be rolled out in Redbridge Integrated Care System (ICS) for further testing after North East London Integrated Care Board (ICB) received a £1 million funding boost from the government as part of the Adult Social Care Technology Fund.  

The Adult Social Care Technology Fund was launched in April 2023 as part of the Digitising Social Care programme. The fund seeks to identify promising technology that has the potential for wider roll-out within the care sector.

The programme, which is jointly delivered by the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England, invited ICSs, care providers, local authorities and technology suppliers to submit expressions of interest to apply for funding to roll out technology.

Three other successful projects have also been announced today.

  • Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB will receive £1.2 million to develop a medication management system which will monitor dispensing activity of tablet and liquid treatments in real time. This will improve patient safety and support up to 2,500 people.
  • Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes ICB will receive £1.1 million to develop pain assessment tools and robotic pets to support adults experiencing communication difficulties, as well as adults with dementia, low mood, anxiety, cognitive impairment and problems that make it difficult to live independently.
  • The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham will receive £1.1 million to roll out a range of digital technologies to older people. These include video and communication devices, smart home tech and sensors for fall detection.

Minister for Social Care, Helen Whately, said: “As the care needs of our population grow, technology will play an increasingly important part in social care.”

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