Connected Communities

Posted on 20th January, 2017

We're creating a health innovation zone in a village to evaluate approaches to reduce social isolation and loneliness. Working with community development officers and technologists we'll be co-producing solutions which are focussed on outcomes related to improving health outcomes that stem from social isolation and loneliness.


There will be a strong technology element to the project. We have picked a village in North Yorkshire with good community capital and good technical capability (superfast broadband). We will be working collaboratively with primary care, town council and voluntary groups like the PPG.

Following evaluation a strategy will be developed to apply to the county of North Yorkshire. TheĀ innvoation zone will not exclusively be around health, in time, other IOT developments may take place that relate to integrating infrastructure, however these may have knock on benefits to health eg air quality monitoring sensors on lamposts.

Key Objectives

  1. Increase the % of Adult Social Care users who have as much social contact as they would like from 48% to 91%.
  2. Reduce suicide rates by 10% against our 2016/17 baseline.
  3. Increase in % of patients who are able to manage their conditions in the community setting or at home.


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