Tunstall partners with University of Edinburgh to drive innovation

Back row: (left) Matthew Barras, lead innovation engineer at Tunstall, and Professor Kia Nazarpour, chair in digital health at University of Edinburgh. Front row (left): Professor Helen Hastie, head of school of informatics at University of Edinburgh and Patricia Wynn, chief health care and strategy officer at Tunstall

Tunstall Healthcare and the University of Edinburgh have signed a memorandum of understanding that aims to accelerate the delivery of innovative solutions in digital care.

Under the agreement, the two organisations will work on the development and deployment of digital tools and techniques for telecare. It is anticipated the partnership will also support larger, multi-partner collaborations focused on the development of innovations in digital health and care.

The university’s Advanced Care Research Centre will provide the academic ecosystem for the partnership, bringing together researchers across fields including medicine and other care professions, engineering, informatics, data and social sciences.

‘For over 65 years, Tunstall has been at the forefront of using technology to enhance independent living and improve the quality of life for those with long-term care needs. As an advocate for the integration of technology in care models, this partnership perfectly aligns with Tunstall’s longstanding vision. I am confident that, together, we will pioneer advancements that reshape the future of health and care,’ said Patricia Wynn, chief health care and strategy officer at Tunstall.

The collaboration’s goal will be to co-create modern data-intensive and AI-enabled solutions to help improve community health and care management.

Professor Kia Nazarpour, chair in digital health at the University of Edinburgh and academic lead for the partnership, added: ‘The UK’s digital switchover in 2025 presents significant opportunities to redefine the care sector with the use of digital technologies and AI. Our partnership leverages Tunstall’s existing data infrastructure and decades of telecare service delivery to innovate future person-centred and AI-enabled solutions.’