This may only touch on telecare in the UK, but this announcement will be of interest to many of our UK readers for other reasons.
The Government is expecting ‘third sector’ organisations to bring about the improvements for users that it thinks statutory services have failed to deliver.
Read the Cabinet Office press notice.
Recent independent report on state of community equipment services. (Go to ICES Report page)
In Ireland, a falls prevention working group is preparing a report which will potentially guide millions of euro in investments toward falls risk assessment. There are statistics in this article but, what is more interesting, is the medical mind-set that assumes that large expenditure is required owing to the need to establish assessment ‘facilities’ when, surely, this is an area where the majority of assessments could be undertaken as self-assessments if the right software and publicity approach were taken. Irish Medical Times article.
Older and disabled people will be given the right to determine the way they live if Lord Ashley’s Private Member’s Bill becomes law. Under the Independent Living Bill no-one would be forced into residential care against their will. BBC news report.
Company offering burglar and ‘medic alarms’ was prosecuted for not adequately disclosing automatic contract renewals, unfair price increase language and not notifiying cancellation rights. Press report.
Fascinating article for those of us who sense that reluctance to embrace telehealth and telecare technology is more than just a ‘rational’ plea for more evidence. Long but interesting item on Dr David Eddy, who has spent much of his life exposing the ‘irrationality’ underpinning most medical practice. Read it here.