Connecting Care bulletin - September 2016

A quarterly roundup of the latest developments in technology, digital and health and social care by Lasa. We hope you find the update useful, so do stay in touch and follow us on Twitter @LasaICT and

  1. Lasa News

  2. Google Ad Grants - Lasa Webinar 6 October: With a Google Ad Grant your charity's website could use £7,000 worth of free advertising per month from Google AdWords to get a wider audience for your message. The more frequently your ads appear next to Google search results, the more people will be aware of your message. Sign up for free here.
  3. socialcareinfo - our new web-based tool is designed to help find details of support available locally for older people; national information about rights and entitlements; and details of independent advice organisations who can help. More here.
  4. Technology News for Social Care Organisations

  5. Yahoo has confirmed that it is the victim of a cyber security breach affecting at least 500m accounts, perhaps the largest in history. More reaction from the Financial Times, Gemalto, and Geoffrey Fowler of the Wall Street Journal.
  6. Hacking emails relies on people using simple and easily guessable passwords. Francis Clarke of OpenUp Digital shows how easy two factor authentication - two forms of proof of ID - is to set up and protect your online presence.
  7. Tech Impact discuss 10 simple social media benchmarks to measure your effectiveness, from how often you blog or post to Twitter or Facebook, to calls to action.
  8. Data protection – looking after the information you hold about people: If you handle and store information about identifiable, living people – for example, about clients you work with – you are legally obliged to protect that information. This guidance from the Information Commissioner's Office explains simple steps you can take.
  9. Core digital skills in social care - Core digital skills are the skills and knowledge needed to do every day digital activities relevant to your job role. Skills for Care have put together a guide to help you understand why people in social care need core digital skills and to identify what they are. Find out more.
  10. Living Well in the Digital Age

  11. The BBC has compiled an easy to use post code search to help understand the social care system for people aged 65 and over, as well as the costs involved, wherever you live in the UK. More from the BBC on social care costs here.
  12. There is no single solution to the challenges facing the sector, but technology enabled care can save cash-strapped councils money, says Paul Burstow in The Guardian.
  13. Nightingale House in south London has developed an app to enable staff to enter patients’ records digitally and reduce arduous form filling.
  14. Nordic Health Innovation - from Sweden, the virtual wellness room is a tailor-made self-serve wellness room, which is open around the clock for residents in rural areas to check their blood pressure and take blood, blood sugar, etc. YouTube video with English subtitles here.
  15. A timely reminder that digital exclusion crosses borders as older people around the world face being excluded from digital services.
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