Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Patients and staff at Aintree University Hospital were invited to sample the latest healthcare technology products at the Mi Smarthouse showcase event.
The event showcased a range of Mi technology products and services, some of which are available on prescription to patients. At present, this includes the Flo and Falls package. Other products can be hired or bought.
Patients, visitors and hospital staff including teams from the hospital’s Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Emergency Departments came along to find out more about the technology that is helping people to live a more independent, safe and healthy life.
Dr Maurice Smith, local GP and Chair of the Mi Board, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to bring Mi technology and services direct to health professionals, patients and carers within the hospital. With the Smarthouse, people can sample the technology for themselves and see how it can help and support them to live more independently.”
Some of the products demonstrated in the Smarthouse include a one cup kettle that can help people with conditions such as arthritis to make a hot drink safely and easily, as well as a talking microwave, and technology for people with long-term conditions, including a device that connects to a TV and allows them to monitor their health at home with the support of a remote nurse.
Visitors were also invited to watch demonstrations of Health Apps that people can use to monitor their health, including Simple Health Technology, also known as Flo, which is a free to use text-based service that enables people to record their blood pressure readings from the comfort of their own home.
Patricia Elmore, Clinical Lead for Therapies at Aintree University Hospital, said: “With our ageing population, one of the biggest challenges we face is maintaining independence. When people start to lose their independence, it can impact on their health and social wellbeing, and this can lead to people coming into hospital. It was great to see our staff and visitors taking such an interest in the products and services available, and I hope they will make a real difference to a lot of people, by enhancing their ability to function safely in their own homes.”
The event attracted a range of visitors from across the city, as well as community and voluntary organisations from further afield, including the Denby Dale Centre in Huddersfield.
Jeanette Lodge, Chair of the Denby Dale Centre travelled to the event to find out more about how the range of technologies and services offered by Mi can help local people in her community. She said: “The showcase event has been brilliant. It’s definitely been worth the trip to Liverpool to find out more about the practical help and range of technology that we can hopefully pass onto our members.”
For more information on the Mi Smarthouse or the range of products and services available from More Independent (Mi), please contact the Mi helpline on Freephone 0808 100 1929.