The SMART project was initially funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) and was match funded into CLAHRC SY with the agreement that follow on work would be undertaken in CLAHRC. The initial SMART project looked at how technologies can be used to help individuals and their families manage the consequences of long-term conditions (LTCs) and maintain quality of life, potentially without the support of professionals.
The project identified firstly the technologies that are capable of providing relevant information to users with LTCs so that they can be helped to achieve realistic life goals.
Secondly, the project worked with users and healthcare staff to test which were the best technologies for this purpose, how devices can be most appropriately used and what the best forms of information feedback are.
The project focused on three conditions: stroke, chronic pain and heart failure. The aim of the project was to improve understanding of the potential for technology to support self management of chronic LTCs through an iterative health and social care and user-centred design methodology.
The technology resulting from this project is called a 'Personalised Self-Management System' (PSMS), an integrated platform with a touchscreen home hub and a touchscreen mobile device with additional functions for people living with these three health conditions.