Innovative COPD CityVerve Project Takes Shape

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Professor Jørgen Vestbo from the University Hospital of South Manchester & University of Manchester writing about the CityVerve chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) research project.

A project team comprising researchers from University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM), Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and The University of Manchester (UoM) has been established to deliver the CityVerve chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) research project.


The COPD research study will investigate whether the Internet of Things (IoT) network (sensors both inside and outside the home) can provide information to patients and clinicians to support and enable a more active and social lifestyle and possibly improve self-management of their disease.  IoT is a term used to describe how multiple physical devices or objects – even people – can be connected across a network. Thanks to embedded software and sensors, these connected objects – be they lights, buses or entire buildings – can collect and exchange data. Where this gets really exciting is once you turn this data into insight that helps us to do things more easily, quickly or more effectively.


Bringing extensive clinical experience, Consultants Professor Jørgen Vestbo (UHSM/UoM) and Dr Binita Kane (UHSM) and Lead COPD Physiotherapist Shane O’Reilly (CMFT) join Julie Harrison (CMFT), CityVerve Project Lead for the Health and Social Care Theme.


UoM colleagues who are providing essential informatics expertise to the project team are: Professor Chris Taylor, Professor Tjeerd Van Staa and Carmel Dickson.  The project is overseen by Keith Chantler (CMFT), CityVerve Lead for the Health and Social Care Theme.
Design of the research study (protocol) as well as development of a second stage project plan and metrics to evaluate the project are currently underway. Key priorities over the coming months are applying for ethics committee approval of the protocol and selecting the sensor technology for the project, working with delivery partners Smart Gateways and Satsafe.

To read Professor Jørgen Vestbo's article in full click here.