A tech company in Swansea has teamed up with the All-Wales Intensive Learning Academy for Health and Social Care Innovation (ILA IHSC) at Swansea University to research how wearables are transforming healthcare digital by allowing NHS and social care staff to monitor patients remotely.
CPR Global Tech, based in Lakeside Technology Park, has teamed up with Swansea University for the UK’s Innovative Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership, which connects forward-thinking companies and academic partners to deliver innovative business-led projects.
The two-year project, funded by £143,000 from Innovate UK, will see the company assess the potential impact of wearable health devices on the health and social care sector in Wales.
Founded in 2010, CPR Global Tech has a proven track record of developing products that innovate for everyday life. The company’s product portfolio includes call blocking technology that is used by more than one million customers around the world.
Recently, the team developed and published CPR Guardian, an SOS personal alarm with fall detector alert. CPR Guardian provides accurate fall detection, personal alarm, location tracking, heart rate monitoring and 24/7 monitoring service.
Designed for at-risk adults, single workers, and those with dementia and Alzheimer’s, CPR Guardian will form the basis of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Swansea University. Experts will assess how the technology will be deployed by the NHS and social care departments to monitor at-risk patients in their homes, improving care and patient outcomes.
Chief Operating Officer Chelsea Davies explained:
“At CPR Global Tech, we pride ourselves on developing products based on our ethos of care, protection and reassurance. So we are very excited about our new partnership with Swansea University, which is about harnessing the power of wearable health technology to improve patient outcomes – not only in healthcare and social settings but also in patients’ homes.
“For example, falls among the elderly are a major public health concern in Wales, where a third of people aged over 65 and half of people aged over 85 fall each year. Falls have a significant financial impact on health and social care services, It costs the NHS around £2.3 billion a year.Our technology alerts emergency contacts via text message with accurate location updates when falls occur, ensuring that the most serious injuries associated with longer waits are avoided.
“Working with the Innovation ILA team at Swansea University, local healthcare providers and patients, we will conduct trials and gather detailed feedback from stakeholders. Through this work, we aim to gather a robust data set that will help see how wearable technology can help in improving patient and care outcomes.
“This project is strategically important to us as a business and to Wales society as a whole. Our project has the potential to make major improvements to the way the NHS deals with falls, better outcomes for patients and significant cost savings for our health service.”
CPR Global Tech, which employs twenty people in the areas of sales, technical support and product development, was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for organizations in 2018 and 2020.