Connecting Care bulletin - April 2015

We round-up of the best technology and social care news from the last few weeks. This bulletin is produced exclusively from Lasa for our Department. of Health funded Connecting Care community project. Follow us @LasaICT.


  1. Connecting Care news from Lasa

    06 May - Webinar: Managing Technology Change in smaller charities: Staff are frustrated and struggle with old and slow computers, an ancient database doesn't really do what you need, funding is squeezed and the board is reluctant to spend on technology. You know things need to change, but where do you start? Book here.

    Webinar: Data Protection and the cloud: Slides and video recording of our data protection and the cloud webinar with Paul Ticher are now available.

    Digital 'show and tell' events: If you are a small charity providing social care to older people we can show your staff and volunteers how to make use of tablet devices to support independent living. We've recently visitied a Care Homes in Shrewsbury and worked with volunteers in Oldham where we've how tablet computers can unlock memories and give older people new avenues to live well.
    Contact us through the Connecting Care website if you'd like to find out some more about how we can help you or run a FREE session with your organisation.
  2. Connecting Care - a year in numbers: We have produced an infographic showing some of the numbers that make up the Connecting Care project. If you'd like to make your own free infographics like this, you can do this at

    The link below takes you to the Connecting Care graphic with all the details.
  3. Technology News and tips

  4. Dropbox gets comments: File storage and synchronisation service Dropbox now has comments. This means you can now have conversations around the Dropbox files you own and those other people share with you - handy if you're working on a document with someone else as this keeps your comments organised in one place. More at Betanews.
  5. Have you viewed your website on a mobile device recently? Google has! And if it isn't 'mobile friendly' then Google will start to rank it lower in search results than similar websites that are 'responsive' and designed for mobile viewing. This is in response to the increase in the way that more people now access the web. Carrie Brookes from Vonne put their new website to the test and has blogged about it here.
  6. Mobile calling and streaming apps: A big part of using digital technology to support older people to live well is helping them stay in touch with friends and family - and it's just got a lot easier. Facebook's mobile Messenger app now makes video calls to other users of Facebook mobile messenger. And if you use WhatsApp, a free text message service, you can now make free voice calls to other WhatsApp users. The BBC reports on Periscope, an app that lets you stream live video from your handset, or as a viewer, lets you watch streams you like and interact with them live via onscreen chat.
  7. Computer security roundup: Computer security is as complicated as ever, but that doesn’t mean you can’t protect yourself. Gizmodo talked to a handful of experts to bring you these nine tips. One worth repeating is password security, which NPR suggests you ought to take another pass at. And the cloud—which conjures images of data floating through the sky—may soon have an international privacy standard. Our own webinar slides are here. (H/T Idealware)
  8. Using Digital Technologies to Live Well

  9. We've rounded up a selection of tweets and links below to social care technology ideas that have interested us this month. There's research reports on evaluating digital inclusion projects and the use of mobile devices by older people and a great video from @LivingItUp_Scot which explains very simply how to use a tablet device. Finally @davidwilcox presents some practical ideas about Living Well with Digital Technology.
  10. Self-managing healthcare: Flo or Florence is a simple mobile phone text message system for self-managing healthcare. Users can receive medication alerts and health advice, and text back blood pressure readings to their GP using the free text message service. See below for how it works.