A major research facility aimed at creating more robust digital and innovative healthcare programmes for people with life-threatening illnesses has been launched in the region.
The IDH Learning Lab at the University of Warwick is aimed at understanding and evaluating effectiveness of digital programmes in the health service, as well as trialling novel digital healthcare technologies.
The facility, which will design new technologies and evaluate existing ones to improve the lives of thousands of people, was founded through a unique partnership between Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), the Institute of Digital Healthcare (IDH) and Bosch Healthcare.
The first project at the new lab will examine a large number of patients with cancer and will look to assess how telehealth improves quality of life, behaviour, cost effectiveness and mortality rates.
The second project will set out to understand how telehealth can monitor and help more than 1,500 patients with vascular diseases as part of a wider study into chronic diseases.
Lord Bhattacharyya, founder and Chairman of WMG, said: “The IDH Learning Lab’s ability to design, deploy and evaluate technology in ‘real time’ will be second to none in the UK.
“We will be utilising state-of-the-art facilities and technologies working with our industry partners to really understand the digital healthcare landscape.”
Jasper zu Putlitz, President of Bosch Healthcare, said: “The UK healthcare system is at a very interesting point in its development and technology is becoming more important in terms of delivery in the community.
“At Bosch Healthcare, we care about patients with chronic conditions and frail elderly people. Engaging and empowering these people while living at home requires a sophisticated set of capabilities.
“We have shown that we are able to improve outcomes and look forward to working to achieving even more through this collaboration.”