18th September 2019: This project aims to improve the physical health skills of frontline mental health staff and increase confidence amongst this group in detecting, managing and intervening for physical health problems.
To achieve this, Care City is working in partnership with NELFT, EPUT, UCLPartners and a digital health innovator xim which has developed non-contact camera-based vital sign monitoring technology (Lifelight) to transform physical health monitoring. The project will explore the value of contactless monitoring in improving the way frontline staff can detect, monitor and enable self-management of physical disease and deterioration amongst people with mental health problems.
Lifelight is a digital technology that enables the measurement of patient vital signs: heart rate, respiratory rate and blood pressure in 60 seconds using just the camera built-in to an everyday device such as a smartphone, tablet or computer. Lifelight doesn’t need any medical specialist hardware such as blood pressure cuffs, it’s completely passive and non-contact, and it’s also simple to use and very fast. Its only requirement is that the patient remains in sight of the camera for at least 40 seconds, while the readings take place. It is then able to detect micro-tonal skin colour changes that signal a patients vital signs.
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