DHI speaks of opportunities for innovation in healthcare

08 June 2015

DHI speaks of opportunities for innovation in healthcare

DHI Chief Executive Justene Ewing

Justene Ewing, Chief Executive of the Scottish Funding Council-funded Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) gave a keynote speech at Glasgow Caledonian University’s annual Research Day on Friday (June 5).

The DHI aims to bring research excellence together with industry challenges to deliver innovation in health and social care services.

Ms Ewing said that in responding to an ageing population, “big challenges are coming our way” in tackling diseases such as dementia. She also highlighted the huge gaps in life expectancy between demographics in Glasgow and the need to work on digital healthcare outside of the Central Belt of Scotland.

She said the DHI was working to “future proof healthcare” as people become more tech-savvy, and highlighted “universities’ talent for innovation” to support an emerging digital healthcare market. Ms Ewing said the global digital health market was estimated to be worth $1 trillion by 2020.

GCU is working with the DHI to investigate the development of low-cost LED tracking devices to precisely monitor the movements of people with dementia who are at risk from agitation and wandering episodes. Other DHI projects at GCU include an innovative insole device which uses sensors to establish if older people are at risk of falls, and a wireless camera project which keeps mothers in constant contact with their premature babies.

This work and other innovative research activities were presented at Research Day. The University’s new Research Strategy 2020, launched this year, addresses three major societal challenges – building inclusive societies, promoting healthy lives and nurturing sustainable environments at UK and international level. 

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