Connecting Care bulletin - May 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

    Managing Technology change webinar resources with @drsimondavey are here. Data Protection and the cloud webinar resources with Paul Ticher are also available here.

    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. Recent feedback from volunteers who attended a session and then visited a care home included:

    "One resident who has difficulty talking and dementia was able to tell us about an experience she had when her mother asked her not to join the army but her father said she could so she went. She has never previously been able to tell us anything about her life but she kept repeating the story which was fantastic. It was overall really successful and the volunteers felt it was really useful using the technology as a conversation tool. I felt it was one of the most enjoyable sessions we have delivered so far so thank you"

    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. Technology News and tips

  3. Accessing medical records online: NHS England announced that 97%of patients are now offered access to medical records online so patients can check their medical history, book appointments and submit repeat prescriptions. However, Only 0.4% of GP patients in England that can access their patient records online have actually done so. H/T ComputerWeekly
  4. Security: The 2015 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report found compromised credentials were still the most common way to breach security. Breaches also took an average of 205 to discover. H/T Betanews
  5. Disabled Access to Technology: This news item on the Disability Rights UK website is disappointing, even more so because last week was Global Accessibility Awareness Day with many resources available for developers and providers of web services.
  6. Free iPads for senior citizens?: Only in Japan it seems, but maybe this tie up between Apple and IBM is one to watch?
  7. Using Digital Technologies to Live Well

  8. The National Care Forum Annual Conference took place last week with a wide range of sessions. However one that caught our attention was about the work of Somerset Care and their Ages 2.0 project. This helped residents get more from the web to 'live well' through their Care Technologists ... the digital equivalent of an Activities Co-ordinator? Read more below.
  9. New Health Apps: The NHS App store lists apps for your smart phone or tablet device that can help people to manage their own health. All apps have been reviewed to ensure they are clinically safe. New apps featured in the store are aimed at mental health, and aiding communication. My Health Apps is also a great source of apps and information about digital healthcare.
  10. Technology and Ageing: There is a vast array of technology suitable for older people summarised on the Connecting Care website and in addition we've read further news items and articles on this topic which we've shared with you.