Smart Care - a discovery and demonstration center
The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and College of Engineering have received $634,500 in federal funds to kick off Smart Care – a discovery and demonstration center for technologies to help senior citizens, people with disabilities and injured veterans live healthier and longer in their own homes.
Researchers will work with business and industry partners to integrate advanced Researchers will work with business and industry partners to integrate advanced sensors, sensors, wireless communication and other technologies into a simulated home environment. Smart Care will evaluate the usefulness of existing medical monitoring devices or hardware. Researchers will also develop interfaces to connect devices and software that can interpret data and alert healthcare providers to needs for intervention.
U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Arlington, championed the initial funding for the project of $634,500 from the Health Resources and Services Administration.
“I am proud to see that UT Arlington is once again leading the way when it comes to high tech medical care,” Barton said. “The technologies developed will give more seniors a chance to spend their golden years at home. Plus Smart Care will reduce costs, while at the same time allowing nurses and doctors to be more efficient with their time. This research will ultimately save lives and money, not only in North Texas, but nationwide.”
The start-up funding will move Smart Care toward becoming an innovative model that can be applied throughout the country, said Carolyn Cason, associate dean for research in UT Arlington’s College of Nursing.
"With a growing senior population and more Americans than ever living with disabilities, technology devices have a promising role in monitoring health data, evaluating rehabilitation, and assisting treatment decisions," Cason said. "UT Arlington's Smart Care can be on the forefront, allowing for more efficient use of these advances and reducing the risks of independent living."