Sunday, October 01, 2006

Why not use mobiles for providing telecare services ?

Why not use mobiles for providing telecare services ? : "Telecare is the use of a combination of communications technology and sensing technologies to provide a means of manually or automatically signalling a local need to a remote service centre, which can then deliver or arrange an appropriate care response to the telecare service user. Although telecare is very topical and spoken about as if it is something new, it has been available in the UK for some 30 years, through the social alarm network. As a result of the activities of social alarms service providers, some 1.5 million people in the UK currently benefit from telecare services. Telecare services are known by a variety of names, including social or community alarm, lifeline or careline services. Special equipment linked to your telephone system enables you to get help quickly, at the touch of a button, even if you are unable to speak. This help is available to you whenever you need it - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year."
It would be so easy to use the mobile network to provide similar "alert" services on a personal basis to improve healthcare ! For example, if a diabetic felt she was having a hypoglycemic attack, she could push a preprogrammed alert button on her mobile, which would send an emergency distress signal to the nearest ambulance service.

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