The TESTED project focuses on the innovation opportunities offered to healthcare providers and other public bodies through the provision and implementation of an Internet of Things (IoT) in non-clinical applications. These applications may include, for example, water management, health and safety, energy use, waste management, estate management, medical equipment asset and inventory and many other such areas. While the IoT can clearly support clinical and patient focussed aspects including diagnostics, treatment, management and aftercare, the 'hidden' aspects of healthcare provision are often less considered. In non-clinical applications, for example, water management, health and safety, energy use, waste management, estate management, medical equipment asset and inventory and many other such areas, there are substantial opportunities for businesses, government agencies, academics and the healthcare providers themselves to develop efficient and effective IoT solutions.
The TESTED project uses this non-clinical focus to test the potential for IoT applications comparing three regions in the NPA area. It includes the mapping of current IoT infrastructure and use within each region to establish a comparative baseline; a review of stakeholder opinions of those engaged within the infrastructure as suppliers, stakeholders or end-users; identification of best practice; and, the development of a common but regionally flexible IoT strategy that will enable each region to support IoT Testbeds, and a process whereby such testbed projects (pilots) can be evaluated. The results from TESTED will be an easily replicable methodology for use in any other region and with any other public body.
Lee Heaney, TESTED Project Manager
NHS Highland, Scotland