mPower: A 5 year project supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, to stimulate transformation in older people’s services in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland
Morag Barrow, Service Development Manager, Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare, NHS 24
Edel Odoherty, Deputy Chief Officer, Cooperation and Working Together (CAWT)
mPower aims to stimulate transformation in older people’s services in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland by enabling people to live well, safely and independently in their own homes, supported by a modernised infrastructure for healthy ageing. mPower will champion a preventative approach to care, supporting societal change by empowering more people to self manage their health and care issues in the community and alleviating pressures on primary care services. This will include the development and deployment of Health &Wellbeing Plans supported by a Community Navigator role and the delivery of eHealth/technology enabled care interventions to 7,000 beneficiaries across the 3 jurisdictions.
The mPower project will target citizens in the 65+ age group. A single “cross border” service will operate to deliver care across Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
The service will deliver:
-A Community Navigator service that will undertake Home visits, coproducing 2500 Wellbeing action plans, focussing on prevention and self management.
-4500 episodes of eHealth interventions though the use of Home and Mobile Health monitoring, Digital Health and Wellbeing Services and Apps, and Video enabled care consultations.
In addition, the project will deliver an Improvement and Support Programme for project staff, community sector and primary care staff. This will facilitate shared learning, service improvement and transformation to traditional medical models of care.
Analogue to Digital TEC: Avoiding disruption, exploiting the opportunities
A shift to packet-switched (digital IP) telecommunications is inevitable and already underway. The TEC community needs a plan of action to minimise disruption of services or risk to vulnerable individuals. Equally, the great opportunities presented by a digital world of TEC cannot be missed, where emergent technology opens up a world of opportunity for consumer-driven services, where access to richer data aims to support personalised and integrated care; Health, safety and security, but also isolation and loneliness can be targeted with the right technology linked to the right resources and community networks. It is likely that best practice and regulation will need to evolve to preserve the dependability of life-critical services whilst exploiting emergent technology. Furthermore, the costs of shifting to digital could be significant, and we need to demonstrate that the investment is worth making.
Session Introduction – Analogue to Digital TEC: Avoiding disruption, exploiting the opportunities
Steve Sadler, Associate – Technology Strategist, TSA
Presentation 1 – BT’s digital voice transformation programme
Gordon Cannon, Head of all IP migration, BT Group
Presentation 2 – A Life-Changing Decision
Tom Morton, CEO, Communicare247 Ltd
Presentation 3 – Mitigating the risks of next generation digital networks
Carl Atkey, Chief Technical Officer, Appello