IoT-based Devices for Non-Critical Support in Hospitals

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Health information technologies, low cost off-the-shelf technologies and digital caring environments have been widely used for healthcare support, evaluating patient’s safety and hospital performance. However, modern pandemics have brought increased pressure to the healthcare sector.

This project will build on prior research to develop digital solutions to support healthcare professionals in non life-critical situations. By utilising and adapting pre-existing methodologies and technical solutions, the project will enable the rapid development of an IoT-based demonstrator.

Research will identify hospital requirements for implementing digital solutions originally built for manufacturing. Interviews will be conducted across clinical engineers, clinicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals. These outcomes will influence the creation of one or more demonstrators for the healthcare setting. The project will utilise low-cost digital solution development guidelines to identify challenges and opportunities when integrating low cost technologies. Adaption of already existing Shoestring demonstrators will also be considered, including computer-based vision monitoring app, augmented reality glasses and digital job cards.


  • Identify existing IoT-based digital solutions best suited for the healthcare sector for non life-threatening situations
  • Develop an IoT demonstrator including monitoring, augmented reality and tracking for identifying areas of interest in the healthcare sector
  • Identify opportunities for further research proposals focusing on the wider adoption of modern digital solutions from manufacturing in hospitals

Project Lead

Professor Duncan McFarlane, The University of Cambridge

Dr Florian Urmetzer, The University of Cambridge

Project Partners

  • NHS Trust Addenbrooke’s hospital – improvement and transformation department
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