The UK Prader-Willi Association recently published a mother’s account of how the Vivatec WristCare device transformed their family’s life. To read the article on the Association’s website you would need to register but, with their kind permission, we have posted it here for you to download.
Hexham Courant runs local bad news/good news story. Read here.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation report published 15 September calls for a national debate on how better to share the cost between the state and private individuals. It argues that the present system is unsustainable because it provides neither a clear-cut set of entitlements according to how much care people need, nor a well-accepted set of rules about how much they should contribute according to ability to pay.
The accessibility of websites, software, digital TV and 3G phones could become a legal requirement across the EU if plans announced today by the European Commission fail to improve accessibility for elderly and disabled people within two years.
By the end of 2005, public procurement rules may also change, to demand that authorities award contracts only to bidders providing accessible services.
Following a selection process last December, the RNID, RNIB and Red Cross have taken over as a joint venture, the equipment virtual store pioneered by the Integrating Community Equipment Services (ICES) Team. It is expected that the Consortium will build on the framework and principles laid down by the pilot project and attract new users.
Vast numbers of National Health Service front-line personnel are apparently oblivious to the £6.2 billion national IT programme currently being rolled out, according to new research.
This survey highlights the need for an effective communications strategy with staff when planning the introduction of technological developments.
Two more telecare factsheets have been added to the CSIP Change Agent Team website.
A new computer programme which will provide the NHS with an ‘early warning’ system for identifying patients with long-term conditions (diabetes, asthma, and arthritis) most at risk of admittance to hospital was launched today by the Department of Health.
The following two articles describe the potential application of telehealth technology in schools and in military contexts.
The ability to analyze images by computer and monitor them automatically has implications for telecare. Here is an example of such a system that is in use in some swimming pools and which saved a 10 year old girl from drowning this week.