3/8/2012 11:57:57 AM
O2 Health launches telecare service
O2 Health has launched the UK's first telecare service built around mobile technology.
Help at Hand uses a mobile-enhanced pendant or watch that is connected to a secure website and alarm receiving centre. The pendant or wrist watch contains a GPS, fall-down detector and will be activated if a user moves out of a designated 'safe zone'.
The scheme launches in April and was developed in conjunction with Telefónica Digital's health research and development team. O2 said the use of telecare could help delay or avoid unnecessary admission to care homes, reduce emergency call outs, days spent in hospital and risk to the user.
O2 Health MD Keith Nurcombe said: 'For many groups of patients now being considered for telecare services, being confined to their homes is no longer acceptable. They want to be able to go about their daily lives with the reassurance that help is quickly available should they need it. Mobile technology is a natural fit – this is where we have identified a need and developed Help at Hand to meet it.'
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