Older person using a smart watchThis week is a busy one – not only for Tunstall, but for health, housing and social care, with three major events taking place – the Chartered Institute of Housing Conference, ADSS Cymru and the Digital Health Plus Care event.

Tunstall is looking forward to exhibiting and attending all events, talking to senior professionals about the journey towards digital, and the benefits of using a holistic, joined up approach to health, social care and housing and how to utilise digital connectivity to support people to remain living independently in their own homes.

Embracing Digital in Healthcare

We will be exhibiting at ExCeL in London at the Health Plus Care event, where we will be revealing the future of digital healthcare. We will be sharing with health and social care professionals how digital technology can make new models of care possible – transforming service provision to become more home-based, proactive and preventative; whilst also promoting self-care and enhancing self-awareness. We will explore how Connected Healthcare solutions can be instrumental to creating a holistic approach to health, social care and housing – not just joining up the health and care systems but including housing to ensure people are receiving the correct packages of support.

At our stand, we will be demonstrating the latest generation of Connected Healthcare solutions, discovering how they can not only reduce the consequences of events (such as falls or fires) in the home, but also create opportunities for prevention and early intervention. We will also be showing delegates our new end-to-end remote patient monitoring solution – which will integrate into clinical systems and improve data flow between patients and healthcare professionals – creating smarter and more convenient ways of working.

We will also be hosting three sessions at this conference. I will be delivering the first workshop alongside my colleague John Melarkey, our Director of Managed Services and Business Development, focusing on the opportunity that digital provides for health, housing and social care and how providers can plan for the impact of the switchover. The second workshop will be presented by John – who will explore the existing and emerging technology’s role for managing demand by enabling health and care to be delivered in community settings. This session will include practical examples of applying digital technology to deliver better care and gain better outcomes at a lower cost – and revealing the exciting implications of the Internet of Things for healthcare. Lastly, Adrian Scaife, Tunstall’s lead for the digital journey will be sharing the lessons learnt from establishing Mary’s VIP home, a real sheltered housing flat which has been equipped with a wealth of Connected Healthcare solutions.

Digital Technology in Housing

We will also be in Manchester for the annual CIH Housing event, where we will be demonstrating the latest technology solutions for housing; including the Communicall Vi IP, the first IP housing communication system.  It adds an extra dimension to housing with care by enabling new services, and also provides a digital platform for future service development and provision. Stylish, contemporary IP phones in each dwelling can be used to make free on-site calls to other residents and on-site services, as well as providing video door entry and speech communication in the event of an alarm call. The system also supports pendants and a wide range of telecare devices as required by each resident. We will also be showcasing our GPS-enabled mobile device, CareClip, which enables the user to easily access help when away from home; find out more in this video.

During this event, we will be holding two strategic dinners which will be chaired by Jeremy Porteus, the Director at Housing LIN. These will provide a forum to discuss strategies for transforming housing provision by including technology in services, and the benefits to providers and residents.  The outcomes of these dinners will complement the new resource published by Housing LIN and ADASS: ‘Going Digital – Living Better for Less with Technology-enabled Housing’ a new website resource exploring how digital technology supports policy and commissioning objectives and how it can help directors make informed and future-proof decisions.

We will also be promoting Communicall Vi IP and our Connected Healthcare solutions at ADSS Cymru in Wales, where we look forward to meeting delegates and other exhibitors at the wellbeing event the day before the main conference. Here we will be talking to social care leaders in Wales about the importance of digital and the advantages it offers over analogue telephone lines in rural communities.

It’s a busy and important week, not just for Tunstall, but also for the messages about the benefits of this inevitable switchover to digital to be heard in the health, care and housing sectors. As BT has announced its intention to switch all users to IP Voice telephone services by 2025, now is the time to start planning for the change to ensure decisions made in the short term prepare a platform for the long term future. You can learn more about the digital journey in my previous blogs, but if you would like to know more about how Tunstall can help you on your digital journey, come and find us at either of these events, call us on 01977 660479 or email marketing@tunstall.com.