The NHS has launched a first of its kind digital testing space in Liverpool to see how the latest healthcare technologies can support patients in their own homes and prevent hospital admissions.
The Livernerds Lab consists of a ‘Smart Room’, which simulates a hospital room, and a ‘Smart House’, which simulates a patient’s home.
Both spaces are specifically adapted and fitted with the latest digital equipment. including sensor technology, virtual reality, telehealth and health care, all enabled by high speed 5G connectivity.
Located within Liverpool’s Life Sciences Accelerator, the lab combines the innovative work of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust’s Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) programme and Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care.
It is hoped that the technology will allow health professionals to monitor important changes to a patient’s health, including heart rate, blood pressure and falls.
Dr Paul Fitzsimmons, deputy medical director at the Trust said: “Any changes will then trigger support and can prevent an unnecessary hospital admission. It is hoped that in the future this innovative work will also be used to support patients who are ready to be discharged from hospital.
“The Livernerds Lab is the perfect place for health professionals, health and social care colleagues and information technology experts to work collaboratively to develop this amazing ‘assistive technology’ for patients.”
The lab is part of the £3.5 million Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care scheme, which tests how 5G technology can help improve the delivery of health and social services to people living with long-term health conditions.
Rosemary Kay, project director, Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care, said: “We plan to use the Livernerds lab to give local, national and international companies the chance to test products with the potential to drive digital change in health and social care provision, on a 5G network.”