Lives saved by project

LOUTH is set to become a world leader in high-tech research and development of products and services for the senior market, it has been announced.

LOUTH is set to become a world leader in high-tech research and development of products and services for the senior market, it has been announced.

The announcement was made at the launch of Louth Economic Forum’s Age-Friendly Business Action Plan at DkIT yesterday (Monday, September 5).

The conference heard that a telehealth project which was trialled in advanced senior research facilities in Louth, has already saved two lives due to early detection of strokes.

The Business Action Plan also claims the telehealth project has the potential to wipe millions off the annual cost of hospital care for acute patients.

In another global first, 30 people in the county will have their houses fitted with interactive touchscreens which will allow seniors with acute conditions to be monitored interactively in their own homes via bluetooth technology.

The Home Sweet Home product trial, which begins this month, will see participants learn to self-manage their own vital signs, and constantly interact with the technology via answering questions, surveys and playing mind-training games.

The upcoming Home Sweet Home trial is being conducted for German company Health Insight Solutions, and will take place over a 24-month period, starting this month.

“We are way ahead of countries like Canada and Korea in how we are planning for positive ageing,” said Director of the Netwell Centre for Positive Ageing, Rodd Bond.