New market research on telehealth in US

A new market research report has been released on the telehealth market in the US. Telehealth services in the US is produced by IBIS World (not a market research firm I am familiar with) and, according to the press release, over the next five years, the industry will continue to benefit from the demographic and structural factors affecting the healthcare industry as telehealth will emerge as a cost-effective solution to meeting the medical needs of an expanding and aging population. That didn’t exactly knock my socks off. There is very little in the press release to tempt me to part with the $1600 needed to read the full text.

On the other hand if you are interested, visit IBIS World to purchase membership. (Also see this article in FierceHealthIT for a bit more, free)

History Project: Early radio-based alarm (photo)

Another photo from the 1984 report based on research between 1977 – 1983 by Professor Anthea Tinker Staying at home: Helping elderly people. This shows a radio-based (rather than phone-based) alarm system in a person’s home. For the full picture – and a fascinating photo caption which shows that the idea of using technology to reduce warden cover in housing schemes is not a recent phenomenon – download this PDF copy of a page.

As a side note, it is interesting that these photos come from Stockport council, which is mentioned as an early 24-hour call monitoring centre in Kevin Doughty’s comment on the main History Project page.

early 80s radio-based alarm

Crown copyright.

Better view of a radio alarm. When activated, the alarm just sent a code identifying its location – there was no voice communication.

second view of early 80s radio-based alarm

Crown copyright.

 

History Project: Early pendant alarm (photo)

Person with a pendant alarm in the early 1980s. The ‘hub’ is on the shelf.

Person with pendant alarm in early 1980s

Crown copyright.

Source: Staying at home: Helping elderly people HMSO 1984.
Author: Professor Anthea Tinker (To whom many thanks for the copy).

As far as we know this study was the first evaluation of housing options for older people that included costings and detailed information on various alarm systems. It was based on surveys for the Department of the Environment (DOE, as it was at the time) of all council housing departments in England and Wales in 1977. The research was undertaken between 1977 and1983 and the surveys had a 92% response rate and were followed by phone interviews.

Who, What, When? The History Project

WhatWho Designed ItWho Did It FirstDateEvidence Source
First telephonic diagnosis(See comment below)1879The Lancet 29 Nov 1879, Page 819
Pendant alarm
Fridge monitor
GPS tracker for people with dementia
Device for asking health questions remotely

Founding of Association of Social Alarm Providers (ASAP) in the UK

1989?TA comment
‘Button and box’Andrew DibnerLifeline Inc in the StatesTA comment
opening of the first 24 hour call monitoring centreStockport?1979TA comment
Alarm protocols from security industry adopted into social alarm systemsTA comment
Publication of the ‘Three Generations of Telecare’ model1996Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare (JTT)
EXTRA (EXtended Telecare Remote Alarms)Technology in Healthcare (a spin-out from Bangor University)Licensed to Tunstall1997- 2001 Products granted Millennium Product status in 2000TA comment
FRED, a smart fall detectorGareth Williams(See EXTRA entry)TA comment
Successful telecare trials for frail older people and for people with dementiaAnglesey, Cheshire, County Durham, Northern Ireland and Northamptonshir e1998 -2001TA comment
Large scale Opening Doors for Older People trial and roll-outTunstall-led consortium including Technology in Healthcare, Possum and Motion MediaWest Lothian2001-2004TA comment
Activity monitoring that could be used to detect dangerous behaviour or patterns of activity for assessment purposeTechnology in Healthcare’s MIDAS system (subsequently redeveloped by Tunstall as ADLife)Cheshire, County Durham and Londonderry2001TA comment
Remote vital signs monitoring (telehealth)RGB systems by TunstallCarlisle, West Yorkshire and Medway?TA comment
Mobile-phoned based telecare medical alarmVodafone 2001TA comment
Safety Confirmation ‘I’m OK Button’ and Pellonia monitoring software.James BatchelorAlertacall2005 Waybackmachine website sceenshot
ASAP becomes TSA
Telecare Code of Practice publishedTelecare Services Association (TSA)
Wire-free sleep monitor University College Dublin Omron, Japan May 2012 Press release

Telecare Aware is recruiting

Telecare Aware News Network briefing

Background

When Telecare Aware started in 2005 it focused on news from the UK. However, it quickly developed an international perspective, helping readers note developments in other countries that possibly had general lessons or implications for the industry. This took a big step forward with the appointment in September 2009 of Donna Cusano to improve TA’s North American coverage and to provide context for developments based there.

However, this growth meant that coverage of country-specific news items, such as Government policy developments and local development projects were squeezed out of the news stream.

From our news searches we frequently see items that would interest readers in particular counties but we do not report them because they would not interest the general readership. Countries where we think there is an immediate need for their own sites are:
Australia (now active)
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Scotland
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but other countries will be welcome to have their own site too.

Telecare Aware News Network sites

We have developed the facility to set up sites quickly, under the eCareAware.com domain. (See this as an example.) These are blog-type sites suitable for noting news items and providing a link to them. Items do not need to be reported in English. We would like to have 2 or 3 contributing editors per country. We will have links to each country site from the main Telecare Aware site.

What is required of Contributing Editors?

The requirements of contributing editors country sites are:

  • To scan news sources most days, looking for items to post.
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  • To have a sense of what is ‘newsworthy’, rather than to have writing skills.
  • To have a working knowledge of English, for communications with the TA editors.

You do NOT need:

  • Previous experience of working on a blog. Training on posting items will be given.
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Why become a Contributing Editor?

As a contributing editor you will:

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You may also find that you are offered press passes to conferences in exchange for reporting on them.

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    If you would like to volunteer to be a contributing editor for your country’s site, email Steve. steve.hards@telecareaware.com

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        A Tale of Two Telecare Aware Advertisers

        Visits to Telecare Aware have continued to grow month-on-month and, looking at the statistics up to the end of September 2010, this is what Company A has missed out on:

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