New and Emerging Technology for Adult Social Care

The Example of Home Sensors with Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technology

Published in: NIHR Health and Social Care Delivery Research Topic Report (October 2022). doi: 10.3310/hsdr-tr-134314

Posted on RAND.org on November 22, 2022

by Jon Glasby, Ian Litchfield, Sarah Parkinson, Lucy Hocking, Denise Tanner, Bridget Roe, Jennifer Bousfield

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Background

Digital technology is a focus within the National Health Service (NHS) and social care as a way to improve care and address pressures. Sensor-based technology with artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities is one type of technology that may be useful, although there are gaps in evidence that need to be addressed.

Objective

This study evaluates how one example of a technology using home-based sensors with AI capabilities (pseudonymised as 'IndependencePlus') was implemented in three case study sites across England. The focus of this study was on decision-making processes and implementation.

Design

Stage 1 consisted of a rapid literature review, nine interviews and three project design groups. Stage 2 involved qualitative data collection from three social care sites (20 interviews), and three interviews with technology providers and regulators.

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