University of Brighton

A living lab to test digital health technologies for older people

The Digital Health Living Lab, led by Dr Theo Fotis, principle lecturer at the University of Brighton, is a test bed for internet-connected devices which could help improve the health of older people.

The block of retirement flats is home to 50 families who have volunteered to try out a range of different technologies. They include medication dispensers, activity monitors and detectors that send an alert if someone has fallen.

The first stage of the project involved building the infrastructure, testing the new technologies and sharing the residents’ experiences with university academics, doctors and technology industry experts.
In 2018, Dr Fotis was named as one of Europe’s top 50 Healthcare IT professionals by the European arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the largest health IT membership organisations in the world.