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City TECS features on BBC 1, Holding Back the Years programme

Dr Shashi Hirani demonstrates the City Technology Enabled Care Studio (TECS) to show how telecare and telehealth can help people stay connected in an emergency.

by Shamim Quadir (Senior Communications Officer)

Holding Back the Years is a BBC Daytime series designed to help people to live longer while increasing the quality of their lives. It is presented by Fiona Phillips and Dr Rangan Chatterjee.

Now in its third series, episode 4 investigates how we can use technology to help us stay connected in an emergency, with Dr Shashi Hirani, Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research at City's School of Health Sciences, demonstrating the extraordinary range of technology used at City TECS.

City TECS is a purpose built learning hub located on City's Northampton Square campus, and designed to simulate a home environment. It is equipped with the latest telehealth, telecare, telemedicine, tele rehabilitation, mhealth, ehealth, ihealth and wearable technologies.

City is one of the first universities in the UK to open a Technology Enabled Care Studio of this kind, allowing students and practitioners across a range of disciplines to learn how to use the latest telehealth technologies through simulated learning.

Talking about the need for technological solutions to help meet an increasing healthcare demand, Dr Hirani said,

We’re living in a society where the demand for healthcare is outstripping the supply. So we can’t afford to look after lots and lots of people - the money’s running out, as we know. So, if technology can help us manage our conditions better, it’s a good solution, where we can have less costly events such as A&E visits and ambulance call outs.

And we can look after ourselves to stay within range. When we have multiple conditions, we look after them together, and have systems that can monitor us without us having to travel to the GP or to the hospital to look after ourselves.

You can watch the episode on BBC iPlayer.

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