Big Data Collaboration Aims to Improve Health and Social Care

17/04/2014

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A unique collaboration between Edinburgh Napier University and CM2000 aims to use Big Data methods to predict the early signs of frailty, and thus pre-empting expensive hospital based care. If successful, this is likely to save £millions in terms of health care, along with supporting improved care related to the treatment of illnesses.

The research thus aims to significantly contribute to Scottish Government's goal of promoting of social healthcare, along with supporting care within the home environment.

At present patient information can only be effectively captured in controlled environments such as hospitals, care homes or a GP surgery. This project aims to significantly extend the effectiveness of CM2000’s mobile platform by applying the Edinburgh Napier University research into advanced predictive analytic techniques (Bayesian Inference / Decision Theory) and incorporating patient focused data capture with real-time personalised feedback.

In terms of Big Data, CM2000 currently collect over 10 million data points each month, and this will be scaled-up within the project to improve the detection of frailty.

The research team involves Prof Bill Buchanan, who is leading a major drive towards improved health and social using new information architectures, and Adrian Smales, whose current work focuses on the early signs of illness using Big Data methods.

CM2000

Established in 1999, CM2000 are widely recognised as the market leading supplier of fully integrated and hosted electronic monitoring, scheduling and financial management solutions to both Council and Independent sector Homecare Providers in the UK. Our award winning solutions bring significant cashable savings and efficiencies as well as increased quality and safeguarding to the domiciliary care sector.

CM2000 currently provide scheduling and monitoring services directly to 49 Councils, 13 of which in Scotland (84 in total), and over 700 Independent Providers. Based in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands and Inverclyde within Inverclyde, Scotland, CM2000 is ideally located to service the needs of Local Authority and independent Homecare Providers throughout the UK.

CM2000 have developed and commercialised a mobile platform that enables an individual, social or clinical worker to be verifiably identified at a moderated location, such as a patient’s home. This allows tracking of community health and social care provision and ‘Time and Attendance’ monitoring of in-the-field staff.

Collaboration

The project follows-on from the success of an initial research project, and is partially funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and starts 17 April 2014.
 
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Associated people

William Buchanan
Director of CDCS
w.buchanan@napier.ac.uk
+44 131 455 2759
Aileen Wood
Innovation Manager / Project Manager
A.Wood@napier.ac.uk
+44 131 455 6283
Adrian Smales
Research Fellow
a.smales@napier.ac.uk
+44 131 455
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