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How can technology shape the way we provide care?

Family and care service support for the vulnerable has yet to benefit from the technological developments of our modern world

  • Madeleine Starr


Councils have been testing the water with telecare systems, such as this one in West Lothian, Scotland. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian

Caring is going to happen to all of us; so is it time we dragged support for families who care into the 21st century?

Computers in the cow shed!

Is this the most unusual Spring Online Event ever?

We’ve heard of Spring Online events being held in libraries, community centres, cafes and even pubs – but never in a cowshed before.

But on April 23, Brenda’s Cowshed in Perrymoor near Lancaster will open its doors for the The No. 1 Ladies Spring Online Event.

There will be tea, cake and the chance to learn more about digital photography and sharing photos, using Skype and email to keep in touch with the family, plus ipad tricks and treats during the afternoon.

3 million could benefit from ‘doctor by broadband’ by 2017, claims minister

Some three million patients could be consulting their doctors and managing their health conditions online by 2017, saving the NHS £1.2 billion, Paul Burstow, the Care Services Minister, has claimed.

By , Medical Correspondent


Although few have heard of ‘telehealth’ and ‘telecare’, ministers are keen to increase use of these technologies, allow people with long term conditions like heart disease, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) to manage their illness largely from home.

‘Telehealth’ systems enable patients to submit vital signs like blood pressure and glucose levels, and view treatment plans, to be interpreted remotely by doctors, meaning individuals do not have to constantly attend hospital appointments.