One of the occasional non-telecare stories that strike me as being of interest to Telecare Aware readers. It contains some extreme examples to illustrate the changing attitude towards older people.
Case study in English from Nokia, featuring Santélys, a company using Hippocad’s system.
“The services are intended to give a degree of comfort to those who may be concerned about their friends or children,” says Mark Gleeson, general manager of Top Security, which has launched the services that are intended to improve people’s safety. They use a combination of mobile, landline and web technology, allowing friends or colleagues to be alerted in the event that a person doesn’t arrive home when expected, or if they find themselves in a difficult situation. Story from SiliconRepublic.
According to this British Journal of Healthcare Computing article, Scotty Group plc made an initial delivery of equipment to Dutch telecoms provider KPN in October, as part of a €1.5m telehealth deal with KPN signed in July.
See a seven-and-a-half minute video of the Scotty Dutch project on the Home Telehealth Ltd. website. Navigate from the home page to videos and ‘CareStation – TV based homehealthcare’. There are also two other video clips of Scotty video telehealth solutions in operation. Peter Range, of Home Telehealth says ‘As one of Scotty’s largest telehealth partners in the UK, we would be pleased to assist any of your readers who may have an interest in this telecare/telehealth solution. Also for the record, Joop Wallenburg, presented this video last Wednesday at the TSA conference in Cardiff, but in Dutch, so any TSA delegates who now want to see it in English can now do so.’
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.