SHAPES is a European-wide project looking at how technology can enable the older population to live healthier lives at home. The Smart & Healthy Ageing through People Engaging in Supportive Systems (SHAPES) Innovation Action intends to build, pilot and deploy a large-scale, EU-standardised open platform.

MOIC and Ulster University are participating in the project for Northern Ireland and MOIC are the task lead for the medicines control pilot. This means we will be looking at how technology devices such as blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters, glucometers and weight scales, if used correctly at home and the results are closely monitored, can lead to early interventions and hopefully reduce hospital admissions.

The project will focus on the over 65’s and the aim is to improve their quality of life at home. MOIC is currently establishing how to select participants for the project and we are working closely with our colleagues at MEAPP.

Nicola Goodfellow is the lead project manager on this and we are delighted that our new project manager Maureen Spargo has started and will also be working on the SHAPES project.

MOIC will work closely with colleagues throughout the EU to deliver SHAPES and in particular Spain, Germany, Czech Republic and Cyprus to promote medicines optimisation and control. We will provide regular updates on our website.