The Liverpool 5G team is building on its previous success by bringing an extra £4.3m into the city to support health and social care technologies as part of a £7.2m project, having won a UK-wide competition 5G Create, run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).
The Liverpool 5G Create: Connecting Health and Social Care project will reduce digital poverty for vulnerable people in need, providing safe, free and accessible connectivity to services including health, social care and education.
The project builds on the previous 5G Health and Social Care Testbed in Kensington, increasing the area covered, upgrading the network technology and trialling new use cases in health and social care. The 5G technology will be used to support a medical grade device to manage and monitor health conditions remotely, an app that teaches anxiety reduction techniques, a remote GP triaging service, wound care and management and sensor technology. The project will run until March 2022.
The eHealth Cluster will continue to support the consortium, this time providing engagement, project management, reporting and benefits realisation coordination.
L5G Create Project Director, Rosemary Kay (eHealth Cluster) said, “this funding will allow us to build on the success of the previous project, and deliver more effective health and social care solutions, with effective and affordable connectivity”