Camden is a council in North London with a population of 236,000. I hear that Camden has done good things on the telecare front…so why does their new one-minute advert for the telecare service concentrate on pendant alarms? Ah, the mysteries of councils’ marketing and communications departments!
Not telecare, but this will interest a lot of Telecare Aware readers. RSLSteeper, a well-respected UK company in the assistive technology arena has started to show off its new, sensitive ‘bionic’ hand. BeBionic website. [It’s a pity the site does not render well in Firefox browser.]
In the video below, see the visitor to an exhibition last month use the hand for the first time… and tie his shoelace. (About 3 mins in.)
It focuses on the way innovation in healthcare services, technology and infrastructure can help to address the challenges countries face in the future provision of healthcare – the need to meet expanding demand while controlling rising costs, improving quality and raising productivity.
HaCIRIC brings together four core partners (Imperial College London and the universities of Salford, Loughborough and Reading) and other partners from the UK and elsewhere. The factors shaping the introduction of telecare and telehealth, and their potential impact of on care services, forms an important element of its work.
Ms. Bora Trimcev HaCIRIC Programme Administrator Imperial College Business School South Kensington Campus London SW7 2AZ
Telehealth and Telecare Aware posts pointers to a broad range of news items. Authors of those items often use terms 'telecare' and telehealth' in inventive and idiosyncratic ways. Telecare Aware's editors can generally live with that variation. However, when we use these terms we usually mean:
• Telecare: from simple personal alarms (AKA pendant/panic/medical/social alarms, PERS, and so on) through to smart homes that focus on alerts for risk including, for example: falls; smoke; changes in daily activity patterns and 'wandering'. Telecare may also be used to confirm that someone is safe and to prompt them to take medication. The alert generates an appropriate response to the situation allowing someone to live more independently and confidently in their own home for longer.
• Telehealth: as in remote vital signs monitoring. Vital signs of patients with long term conditions are measured daily by devices at home and the data sent to a monitoring centre for response by a nurse or doctor if they fall outside predetermined norms. Telehealth has been shown to replace routine trips for check-ups; to speed interventions when health deteriorates, and to reduce stress by educating patients about their condition.
Telecare Aware's editors concentrate on what we perceive to be significant events and technological and other developments in telecare and telehealth. We make no apology for being independent and opinionated or for trying to be interesting rather than comprehensive.