It’s very noticeable that in the “Health 2.0” world the subjects of wellness and telecare feature, but they are often polarised: “cool” wellness products for the young, and “monitoring and control” telecare products for the old.
This can be viewed as a symptom of the healthcare sector being very insular and looking for solutions from establish telecare providers – hence the often heard complaint that telecare hasn’t advanced in thirty years.
“Health 2.0 Tools for the Elderly” took a fresh look at the sector and invited innovators from outside the telecare world to present at this European Health event and asked the questions:
- How do we understand the needs of elderly patients?
- What role does design play in relation to technology?
- Should we incentivise entrepreneurs to develop for the elderly?
Speakers and innovations included:
SpeakSet, whose set-top-box service connects families via the TV (poignant, when 5 million people say TV is their main form of company)
Breezie, a simplified tablet computer to help the technology-shy get online.
Stuart Arnott presented Mindings, and discussed their social isolation clinical trial across Central Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, and the challenges of connecting the last 5% of technology-shy seniors who may never be able to use a computer or connected device, but could still benefit from the near-ambient social connection and family piece-of-mind that Mindings can provide.