(Overcoming Barriers to Mainstreaming Assisted Living Technology)

Having a close link to Assisted Living Technology (ALT) industry representatives is one of the key strengths of the MALT study (Overcoming Barriers to Mainstreaming Assisted Living Technology).

Funded by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) over three years from 2011, and hosting a PhD student funded by CLAHRC SY, the project is being delivered by a consortium of academic partners from the School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield and the Socio-Technical Centre, University of Leeds. This research expertise is well complemented by our collaborators from the Advanced Digital Institute (ADI), who provide the link to the commercial world of Assisted Living Technology.

ADI are an engineering consultancy firm who specialise in providing support for innovation and research and development for technology based businesses. ADI are also a core part of the I-Focus DALLAS community (Delivering Assisted Living Lifestyles at Scale); a nationwide TSB funded scheme of work designed to improve the health, wellbeing and quality of life for older people using technology. 

As part of the MALT project, our colleagues John Eaglesham and Huw Jones attend our monthly project meetings and provide insight from the MALT industry on an on-going basis. Within a project which seeks to provide practical solutions to the application of telehealth for people with long-term conditions, this alternative perspective is incredibly useful in linking together diverse viewpoints and evaluating the potential for future service delivery. 

ADI have also convened an Industry Panel with representatives from Bosch Healthcare, Philips Healthcare, Tunstall, Microsoft, BT, Alere (Home Telehealth) and Healthcare Gateway Co Ltd, to name just a few.

The Industry Panel meets biannually and this provides an excellent opportunity for a dialogue between the academic and commercial partners. To date, we have used these meetings to help define the scope of the research, and present and seek feedback on the emerging findings from the research. Industry representatives have also taken part in research interviews as part of the MALT study to share their views on business and financial modelling.

This interaction is crucial, given the pace of change in ALT business models and product development, and the need for the MALT project to take account of this shifting landscape within its analysis, and ultimately, the study recommendations. Having this network of industry contacts is also a really useful platform for more ad hoc queries about telehealth in the UK.

For more information about the MALT study, please visit our website at:

or contact Dr Lizzie Coates via email or on 0114 222 0803.

For more information about the ADI, please visit their website at:

or contact them by email or on 01274 535 220