BCS Health Scotland Conference 2010

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22nd and 23rd September 2010

Glasgow Science Centre www.glasgowsciencecentre.org

Giving you advance notice that our conference this year will be the biggest and brightest yet! We are staging this event at the prestigious Glasgow Science Centre where you not only have great views over the Clyde and City but complementary entrance to the fun science exhibits. The futuristic building mirrors BCS Health Scotland’s innovative and forward looking approach..

We have three themes this year which are quality, innovation, and efficiency.

Keynote speakers include:

Matthew Swindells, former CIO Connecting for Health, and chair BCS Health

Rikard Lovstrom from Sweden to talk about their National Patient Overview project and eHealth strategy

Dorothy Whittick from Canada talking about the Canadian Health Infoway national developments and a Wellness project in Alberta

Brian Robson from Scotland on the Quality theme and his experiences from the USA.

PRESENTATIONS INVITED – Do you have something interesting to present in one of our themes ?

To get in touch please use the contact form

Exhibitions confirmed include:

AtosOrigin Alliance Emis
INPS Intersystems
Microtech Support Orion Health
Voice Technologies and many more in the pipeline

Exhibitors are staging a social networking evening after the first day events so look out for a fun time as well as stimulating and thought provoking discussions.

If you would like to Exhibit please contact Neil Campbell using the contact form

NHS Scotland eHealth Awards!

An exciting new departure will be the ‘NHS Scotland eHealth Awards!’.  These awards are given to winning NHS teams for three categories sponsored by BCS and Scottish Government, look out for an announcement in the next few weeks.

Telecare can help UK cope with growing issue of the elderly

Published Date: 01 February 2010

By Tony Lodge

BY 2025 the number of people aged 85 or older in the UK is set to increase by 70 per cent to nearly two million. By 2020 there will be 50 per cent more people over 65.

In this former group more than a third of men and more than half of women live alone and most have a limiting long-term illness. By 2020 there will be 68 per cent more people with dementia than there are now.

New research from the Bow Group Telecare – a crucial opportunity to help save our health and social care system by Professor Sue Yeandle of Leeds University, who is also the co-author of the recent excellent Carers Scotland Report A weight off my mind, highlights that most of the care support needed by older sick and disabled people living at home is supplied by two specific groups of people.

The significantly larger is made up of unpaid carers, many of whom struggle to combine paid work and unpaid care, and some of whom have to give up their paid work in order to care. The others are workers in health and social care occupations such as nurses and nursing home workers.

With many people living longer and with illness or disability, the future scenario for care at home, which is where most people prefer to be supported during periods of illness, threatens to be increasingly costly.

The solution to many of these pressures is a policy which supports the large-scale rolling out of what has come to be known as telecare, and the UK is the world leader.

Telecare offers a win-win solution for the health and social care system by helping sick, disabled and older people remain at home for longer by supporting them 24/7 with alarms, alerts, health monitoring and communication. Telecare consists of a base unit and wireless sensors that link to a 24-hour response centre that monitor risks associated with, for example, falls, fire, dementia, poor health, gas leaks and security.

Importantly, Scotland is leading in this healthcare revolution.

The Scottish Government’s national telecare development programme is a welcome initiative which aims to promote its use, train staff and roll out more units. It hopes that between 2010 and 2015 telecare will become an integral part of care services in Scotland.

Click here to read more about Telecare and the elderly

Telehealth applications will increase to over one million in 2014

A new report from InMedica, on the world market for telehealth, forecasts that the number of gateways used in telehealth applications will increase to over one million in 2014 and to around 3.6 million in 2018. The initiatives taken by governments and private healthcare providers to increase reimbursements and reduce the legal and liability issues will help in the roll out of telehealth as a mainstream technology for remote disease and home-health monitoring. InMedica predicts telehealth will start to be used by healthcare providers on a wider scale from 2012 onwards. This gives a two to three year window for the current market barriers to be overcome, including demonstrating the benefits of telehealth on a large scale to health insurance companies.

In 2009, health hubs were the most widely used telehealth gateways, constituting about 80% of the total gateways market. InMedica believes that in the short to medium term, health hubs will remain the most practical solution for professional healthcare providers to supply to patients, as the infrastructure can then be standardised and simplified on a large scale. Even though the number of integrated cellular handsets used as telehealth gateways was estimated to be small in 2009, they are forecast to grow to over 350 thousand in 2014. According to Neha Khandelwal, market research analyst at InMedica, “The use of mobile phones as telehealth gateways has had a surge of interest over the last couple of years; with patients and device companies recognising the benefits of data transmission on the move. We anticipate that cellular service providers will play an increasingly important role in the long-term future of the telehealth market.”

InMedica forecasts that health hubs will increasingly be for managing disease conditions such as CHF and COPD. However, for disease conditions such as diabetes, cellular handsets will find an increasing acceptance. A number of device companies have launched diabetes management programs that use cellular handsets for transmitting blood-glucose readings to care professionals. Sufferers of diabetes are already used to regular self-monitoring with blood glucose meters. Progressing to a telehealth service will not be a massive lifestyle change for them, so compliance should not be a huge hurdle. Moreover, receiving regular feedback on their condition would be a great benefit.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation study emerging technologies to provide elderly at-home care.

The future’s bright, the future’s talking Zimmers and robo-pets

The technology used in robots such as Asimo may be used to help elderly people stay independent
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Published Date: 20 October 2009
By Craig Brown

WALKING frames that remind their users where they are going and coffee tables that act as home medicine dispensaries are just some of the technologies that could help cut down on care home bills and help older people live at home for longer, new research has suggested.

In the next 15 years, the number of over-65s in the UK is expected to increase by more than three million, and the number of dementia suffers is also predicted to rise.

A study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Centre for Usable Home Technology at the University of York has recommended that to manage the pressure on services this rise will bring, councils could use various emerging technologies in order to provide at-home care.

In addition to such innovations as talking walking frames and dispensing coffee tables, the study suggests: the use of robo-pets that could offer companionship, and double up as fire, gas and intruder detectors; special exoskeleton suits that could be worn by the infirm to help them to keep mobile; and kitchen worktop and fridge screens to monitor larder contents, suggest recipes and produce automatic shopping lists.

Dr Kevin Doughty, of the JRF Centre for Usable Home Technology at the University of York, said councils are now faced with the challenge of planning to exploit emerging technologies.

Read more about emerging technologies for patient care here

Public Health Minister Shona Robison outlines new care for elderly strategy

Minister outlines new care for elderly strategy

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    Public Health Minister Shona Robison believes care homes will become more specialist, perhaps focusing only on dementia or end-of-life care

Published on 18 Oct 2009

Older people will use care homes only for specialist services and respite and will instead be supported by technology at home rather than being institutionalised, new Government proposals envision.

Public Health Minister Shona Robison believes that housing will have to be redesigned to allow services to help those living in “clusters” and that care homes will have to specialise in dementia or end-of-life care.

Speaking exclusively to the Sunday Herald, she explained that demographic challenges will make such changes necessary.

Her comments follow a week-long campaign by our sister newspaper, The Herald, to raise awareness of elderly abuse in Scotland and will fuel the forthcoming Re-shaping Scotland debate on how to manage the country’s ageing population.

There is growing concern that care homes – which currently house 38,000 older people in Scotland – would not be affordable because of growing numbers and a perception that they tend to “­disable rather than re-able”.

The number of people in Scotland over 65 is projected to be 21% greater in 2016 than in 2006 – and 63% greater by 2031.

Government figures estimate yearly costs for health and social-care services for older people will increase by £1.1 billion by 2016, and £3.5bn by 2031, if care continues the way it is now.

Read more about new care for elderly strategy

New initiative which helps older people could save NHS Lothian £150,000 a year

TWO frail pensioners who fell in their homes last week received help within minutes thanks to new state-of-the-art alarms.

The pair were among the first to be given the new neck pendant alarm connected direct to support staff under a joint city council and NHS Lothian scheme.

In one case, a 90-year-old man from the east of the city landed on his kitchen floor last Wednesday, but within 15 minutes carers arrived to bring him to his feet.

The previous day, a woman, aged 92, from the north-west, fell on her living room floor, also activating a neck alarm, allowing staff to arrive quickly to check her over.

It comes as the Telecare Falls Project is being rolled out across the city, introducing electronic detectors in properties where residents are known to be at risk.

The £120,000 initiative will help around 300 people over the next year.

Councillor Paul Edie, health and social care convener, said: “A fall can shake people’s confidence and leave them isolated. They become worried about leaving their home for routine trips to the shops or even moving too far from the safety of a particular room.

“If we can rebuild their self-belief then they can literally rebuild their lives and grasp back their independence.”

The detectors are linked to a 24/7 mobile support team which will respond to a fall within minutes, potentially saving NHS Lothian £150,000 and 1,000 hospital bed days a year.

Every year across the UK, falls account for 10 per cent of acute hospital admissions, resulting in NHS spending of £1.7 billion and 70,000 fractured hips.

to read more of this article CLICK HERE

Consultant physician Andrew Whitehouse discusses the problem of "bed-blocking"

Here is an opportunity to use Technology more effectively.

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By Dr Andrew Whitehouse
Consultant physician, West Midlands


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Elderly people have to remain in hospital until social care is arranged

Bed-blocking is an ongoing problem for the health service, with elderly patients stuck in hospital waiting for their long-term care to be arranged.

In this week’s Scrubbing Up health column, Dr Andrew Whitehouse says the answer is to merge health and social services budgets – so elderly people get more streamlined care.

Why do we waste so much money treating our elderly so badly?

Every time I do my ward rounds I find, like other physicians, that roughly a third of my patients do not need to be in hospital.

We deal with the medical and rehabilitation needs of our elderly rather efficiently and we agree the way forward with the patient and her relatives.

When discharge is prescribed, we advise the social services department of any care needs the patient has.


It costs about £700 a day to keep a patient in hospital, and about £700 a week for a decent full-time nursing home placement

This may be for a home care visitor package to assist dressing or washing. It may be for residential or nursing home placement.

Then the wait begins.

The social services department has its own procedures for deciding on what, when and how to deliver, and of course we comply with these procedures diligently and promptly.

Indeed we begin to think about the plan for discharge at the point of admission.

But despite this cooperation long delays are routine; delays which dreadfully distress the elderly and their families for whom these may be precious last months or years, delays which result in hospital acquired infections and depression, and which mean the beds cannot be used for those who really should be in hospital.

Read the rest of the article HERE

Fife Council’s Telecare programme uses satellite technology to monitor people with dementia

Success in tracking dementia sufferers

A PILOT project in Fife, enabling people with dementia to enjoy more independent lives whilst at the same time giving their families peace of mind, is being hailed a major success.

For a number of months, as part of its wider Telecare programme, Fife Council’s social work service, in partnership with the region’s health service and police, has been monitoring the benefits of using satellite tracking technology to trace dementia sufferers should they become disorientated.

Five people across Fife—two in Glenrothes and the others in Gauldry, Crossford and Kirkcaldy—have now been given GPS (global positioning system) devices as part of the pilot, meaning that family members, carers and even the police can quickly pinpoint the wearer if they become lost.

The matchbox-sized sensors enable a person with early-stage dementia to get out and about with the confidence that a family member or other carer can offer assistance if needed.

Such has been the project’s success thus far, that John Honeyman, training and marketing adviser with the Fife Telecare Programme, said he hoped the technology would become more widespread and eventually become the norm.

“This is only running as a pilot but we want what we’re doing to become as routine as meals on wheels or community alarms,” he said.

“People know these terms so we want the term Telecare to be the same so people know and readily understand the benefits of it.

“The potential cost benefits are clear in that if, for example, there was an emergency situation where the police had to stand up several officers to conduct a search, that could cost them a lot of money and resources.

“But moving away from the cost side of things, in terms of the effect this illness has on the person but also their family, that’s where we’re looking to measure the impact.

To read the report CLICK HERE

Edinburgh City Council's "telecare" scheme monitors elderly people in their homes.

Cash boost for Telecare programme


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The system helps older people remain independent in their own homes

Hundreds more older and vulnerable people in Edinburgh are to benefit from electronic aids in their own homes thanks to a council cash boost.

The city council said it would be spending £1m on its Telecare programme, which is to be extended across Edinburgh.

The system uses electronic sensors and gadgets to help people remain independent in their own homes.

It helps reduce the need for long-term care or hospital admission.

The system includes sensors which will switch off cookers if they have been left on accidentally and then alert the care team. 

For the full article CLICK HERE

Edinburgh City Council's "telecare" scheme monitors elderly people in their homes

THOUSANDS of hospital and care-home beds are set to be freed up in the next year, with funds for remote monitoring more than doubling.

Edinburgh City Council is spending up to £1 million on “telecare” packages to help people stay in their own homes.

Measures include sensors that turn off cookers, GPS trackers for people with Alzheimer’s and alarms so elderly residents can call for help.

In the past three years, the city council has spent an average of £405,000 on telecare. This year it is rising to £950,000 as the services are offered to more people.

Read more HERE