Age Care Technologies (ACT), the lead partner in the ICA’s research into the care of older people, has won the 2021 World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) Prize for Innovation in Healthy Ageing.
ACT received the highly prestigious international award after beating off competition from 80 digi-tech companies from around the world, including technologies backed by Amazon.
ACT impressed the judging panel with its online solutions to understanding and managing the complexity of need in old age in local communities and across the globe.
Professor Ian Philp, CEO and Founder of Age Care Technologies said “Working with international experts, we see three key challenges for older people’s care worldwide. The first is that most of the things which really matter to older people for their health and wellbeing are not reported. The second is that most people providing care for older people are not adequately educated and trained in what really matters. The third challenge is the lack of intelligent data to inform policy, resources and services. By solving these problems, we can ease loneliness, reduce unnecessary pain and help people to maintain an overall healthy active life. Our research over several decades has shown that we can increase independence, reduce suffering and add an extra year of high quality life on average.”
ACT’s research, involving over 100 studies in over 50 countries, has led to the development of accessible online tools to assess the growing needs of the older population that are often unheard. There is also online training and education for caregivers and a database of data from older populations across the globe, which provides analytics for service redesign and planning.
The technology is easily accessible to local communities and nationwide systems. It can be used in multi cultures and geographies.
Suffolk and North East Essex will be the first pilot site in the UK to work with the digital assessment, training and analytical tools. As part of the new Integrated Care Academy (ICA), hosted by the University of Suffolk, Professor Ian Philp is working with a local team of health and care providers. They will undertake assessments and training with older people and caregivers, initially in the Ipswich and Felixstowe area, then in other parts of Suffolk and North East Essex over the next three years.
Dr Mark Shenton, local GP and Professor of Integrated Care at the ICA is leading the initiative locally.
Dr Mark Shenton said “We are very excited about pioneering this technology with Ian and his team. During 2021/22, we will be using the online assessment tool locally with 300 older people and their family carers. From 2022 onwards, we will roll out the training for caregivers. An analysis of our data will be available nationally and internationally, in association with the World Health Organisation as well as to the significant benefit of health and care services in Suffolk and North East Essex.”
Professor Ian Philp added “The aim is to continue delivering assessments, training and data analytics in health and care systems worldwide until we have improved the lives of 100 million older people by 2030, reaching the potential to reduce the costs of long term care by 45 trillion dollars. The Integrated Care Academy is a fantastic springboard for the UK research. I am pleased that our work will also be the UK pilot site for the World Health Organisation programme for promoting person-centred integrated care for older people.”
Professor Ian Philp is holding an online showcase of the assessment tool at 10- 11.15am on Wednesday 26 May 2021. The session, entitled, “Growing older – What are we going to do about it?”, is one in a week-long programme of online events to celebrate the launch of the Integrated Care Academy.
To register and attend Professor Philp’s showcase event, please use the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckcOuorDwsGdeVHpC439Vq5ua6sRK RxLAC
To find out more about the Integrated Care Academy and the events programme for Foundation Week 24 – 28 May 2021, please visit the ICA web pages: https://www.uos.ac.uk/ica
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