Health & Social Care Delivery Projects

HealthHealth & Social Care Delivery Projects

One of the earliest elements of the Innovation Studies Centre was a focus on health care and diffusion of remote technologies. In 2006, this work became an independent spin-off centre entitled Health and Care Infrastructure Research Centre (HACIRIC). The projects below, helped to lay the foundation for this additional grant. Our Mission was to understand how technological innovation can help achieve a world class care system and translate this into advice for industry, government and care providers.

Supporting Independence: New Products, New Practices, New Communities (2003-6)

(Professor James Barlow, Dr Richard Curry) – The project iaddressed the technical, organisational and financial challenges involved in developing telecare services for people with disabilities and chronic heart disease.

The Howard Goodman Fellowship. Innovation and Adaptability in Healthcare Facilities (2003-6)

(Professor James Barlow, Ms Martina Koberle-Gaiser) –  Demand for healthcare is rising due to an ageing population, new  patterns of disease and rising expectations of patients. Shorter technology lifecycles and evolving service models stand in sharp contrast to  the long lifetime of physical building structures. These trends are creating new pressures on the requirements for future healthcare facilities.
This research project  explored the approaches used to address these challenges and their impact on innovative solutions for healthcare facilities.

Teleshopping as Virtual Social Care (2002-4)

(Professor James Barlow) – This project developed, piloted and evaluated ICT based services for helping disabled or older people to receive home care assistance with shopping. It tested a series of home shopping models to draw conclusions on the policy, business and technology needs for improved services.

Telecare Planning and Implementation (2000-2003)

(Professor James Barlow, Dr Richard Curry, Dr Steffen Bayer) – TCPI’s overall aim was to explore the problems in moving from pilot telecare projects to mainstream telecare delivery. To help do this, the researchers used a telecare trial in North Surrey PCT as a ‘live laboratory’ over a period of four years. This allowed us to evaluate telecare development and implementation processes for a telecare and rehabilitation service for frail elderly people.

Medicate: The Control, Identification and Delivery of Prescribed Medication (1999-2003)

(Professor James Barlow, Dr Richard Curry) –  As populations age, so too does the level of non-compliance, causing major health and financial problems for society.  The MEDICATE project brought together European medical informatics companies and research groups to tackle problems in the medication supply-to-intake chain by developing an internet based care model and associated compliance aid. For further information visit

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