Take two clever people and a personal need to co-ordinate care and communications for family members on different continents and you come up with another new service. The launch press release describes HomeTouch’s founders Dr Jamie Wilson and Daniel Mueller as ‘a former NHS physician’ and ‘an electrical engineer’ respectively. However, their About Us web page reveals that description to be extremely modest. The HomeTouch system is a monthly-fee-based software-as-a-service and has three linked components:
- a tablet application for older people, with basic services services including messaging, videocall, calendar and photo album
- a cross-platform (smartphone, desktop) application with dashboard analytics and services for families and carers
- an ‘intelligent’ server that monitors activity and manages communication between the two applications
At the moment they are offering some free trials – contact them through the HomeTouch website.
Let’s hope they have the funding and the nerve to make a success of it. Anyone with a decent product who is aiming at the ‘children of aging parents’ market that has yet to show any signs of taking off in the UK deserves some success. Ed. Steve