Our Eye on Tenders, Susanne Woodman of BRE, takes us far afield to the islands for a pair of upcoming tenders:
- Shetland Islands: A community alarm system is needed ‘way up North’ by their Social Work Service for sheltered housing and individual homes in mainland Shetland and its outer islands of Unst, Yell, Papa Stour, Foula, Fair Isle, and Skerries. Peripherals are also required such as smoke alarms, bed sensors, temperature extreme sensors, door exit sensors, fall detectors and passive infrared monitors. The tender is for a four-year renewable contract and due on July 10. Public Contracts Scotland
- Ireland: The Health Service Executive (HSE) is seeking tenders for a telemedicine service to undertake home visits for North East Doctor on Call (NEDOC), a GP out of hours service. It will cover two treatment centres, Navan and Drogheda, for a period of six months and provide suitable means to cover home visit or treatment centre calls on the weekend and public holidays from 10am-8pm. Due date is July 26 at 1pm Irish time. EU Supply
Our former Ireland editor Toni Bunting, in her business development capacity with TASK Community Care in County Meath and Belfast, notes that Irish pendant alarm (PERS) monitoring charges are on average considerably lower than charges in the UK and in Europe. At current advertised rates of approximately €65 – €80 annually, the rates are lower than the 2010 study of UK rates of £170-200 and £200 – £300 in Europe. (Of course with fluctuations in the pound, that may change!) Toni is asking if there are rates in Ireland which fall substantially outside this range, so please be in touch here or on Telecare.ie-Ireland’s Telecare Magazine, which provides information on emergency pendant alarms, telecare and 24/7 monitoring for Irish individuals, community workers and health professionals.
Unfortunately Editor Toni will not be able to cover this conference taking place 19 February in Dublin as originally planned, due to an overriding business commitment. If there is an interested reader who would like to attend in her stead, and who can prepare a timely report (within 72 hours) from this event, please contact Editor Donna ASAP as the event is next Wednesday. We will make arrangements with the organizers to provide free press admission and of course you will receive writing credit, but other expenses will not be covered. (For the article, our standard is that you can be selective and interesting rather than comprehensive.)
Wednesday, 19 February 2014, Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland
Ireland’s most important annual healthcare management summit brings together the range of stakeholders in the management and delivery of Ireland’s health service to discuss and debate the ever-changing healthcare environment. In 2014, they will have three separate tracks: Health Insurance, Hospital Management & Digital Healthcare. The last will be chaired by David Doherty, CEO of 3G Doctor/mHealth Insight. “This track concerns itself with how technology can enable a radical improvement in the quality, productivity and accessibility of healthcare. It will, through the effective implementation and use of smart technologies, explore strategies to improve patient engagement, IT integration, process development and productivity. But, can it do all this against a background of budget cuts i.e. can better outcomes be achieved whilst still saving money?” Find out on the conference website and on Mr. Doherty’s brief article containing the speaker/panelist list. Editor Toni is scheduled to attend and report from the conference.
Three noteworthy items of news from Ireland thanks to Toni Bunting, Editor, TANN Ireland:
- Launch of Northern Ireland’s first Electronic Care Record system “will improve the speed, quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery”.
- SilverCloud Health raises €1.5m to target global e-therapy market New e-therapy platform for people with depression or chronic illness.
- Fujitsu Launches Research Project to Provide Health Monitoring Technologies and Assisted Independent Living “monitoring services and assisted independent living for senior citizens and patients who live in smart houses”. [It will be interesting to see how what they produce compares with the outcome of this study. TTA 9 May]