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The patient’s view of tech for self-management and prevention

Dr Brian Wood recognises he is not your average homecare Service User. But at 82, the bio-chemist has had two major surgical procedures in the last few years. Complications during recovery led him to be identified for a community trial of CM2000’s ARMED in conjunction with East Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership.

ARMED (Advanced Risk Modelling for Early Detection) brings together pioneering predictive analytics modelling (developed in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University) with innovative wearable technology and health and social care data to enable better self-management and prevention.

Brian started using the wearable technology in the comfort of his own home in February 2016. In June 2017 he addressed 200 industry leaders at Social Work Scotland’s annual conference to give his view of the programme.

“I was chosen for the programme because I am frail, elderly and prone to falling – not the most flattering of descriptions and many of my friends joked that it was probably accurate after a few beers! However I felt the programme made such utter sense. I come from a world of numbers and scientific measurement so collecting data about myself was a very interesting prospect.

I know the older generation can be a bit afraid of modern technology but the staff on the programme have been excellent. From the beginning I was part of the team. We’re treated as participants not recipients. That is very important to me.

The technology is mind-blowing – I enjoy watching those numbers build up. It gives me a lot of confidence.

The chest strap was measuring my heart rate at a time when it was ‘going its own way’ and I’d been passing out regularly. Once I knew my heart rate was being monitored I told myself ‘relax –it’s under control’ and that is the most powerful therapy I know.

I am totally in love with the Tanita body composition scales. I was given the confidence to step on twice a week, grab a couple of handles and it comes out with a whole list of about 9 measurements including body fat, body mass, bone mass and body water.

Since I started on the programme I have had a 20% increase in bone mass. As a bio-chemist I find that fascinating and I want to know why?

I get readouts that show my individual data and I know the Healthcare Professionals that are trying to keep me in check have this information. If they tell me I should be doing more or less of something they can show me the evidence and impacts.        

As a society we know less than we ought to about what is going on with the older population. And in the 21st century 82 is not even old. I believe that Directors of Social Services have a responsibility to motivate people to want this information about themselves. 

Being part of ARMED gives me a sense of self-worth. I am glad I got involved and I would definitely recommend it to others.” 

For more information about ARMED call 0121 308 3010 or email 

Written by:
Brian J.B. Wood - ARMED Participant
Ph.D, B.Sc, F.R.S.C, F.I.S.T., C.Chem


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