The dallas programme, a three year project jointly funded by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), the National Institute for Health Research and the Scottish Government, aims to highlight how new technologies and innovative services could help support independent living for older people and those living with long-term conditions and improve their quality of life.
As part of the programme, four successful consortia have been awarded £25 million of government funding, with an additional £12 million added through their own financial contributions. The overall project is expected to involve nearly 170,000 people across the UK by the summer of 2015.
Steve Sadler, Chief Technology Officer for Tunstall said: "Being part of such an important initiative, designed to unlock the potential for innovation and wellness through new approaches to health and social care, is exciting for everyone involved and poses a challenge for providers of assisted living services and products. We’re looking forward to helping develop enhanced solutions which focus on people's independence, benefit the target population and drive innovation for a wider community of assisted living providers."
As part of the successful bid, Tunstall is delivering 'The Feel Good Factory' in partnership with Liverpool Primary Care Trust (LPCT), Liverpool Community Health (LCH), social housing provider Riverside, Liverpool based charity PSS, Hft a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities and technology partners Philips and Informatics Merseyside. The Feel Good Factory aims to integrate Life Enhancing Technologies (LETs) services and support through discreet assistive technology and clinical support. This initiative emphasises the need for a reduction in hospital admissions and length of stay through the provision of intergenerational programmes and targeted activity for major chronic and mental health issues. It also aims to provide an integrated service that offers tailored support to ensure an individual's home is equipped to support hospital discharge.
Tunstall is also a partner on the ‘i-Focus’ initiative led by Advanced Digital Institute Ltd alongside The Alloy, British Gas, FAST, The Future Well, Healthcare Gateway, HDTI, Microsoft and Tynetec. The initiative aims to improve health and wellbeing, encourage independence and enable a flourishing market for Assisted Living services, making the most of the market's high growth potential, integrating communities whilst maintaining each unique quality to allow anyone, anywhere in the UK, to access assisted living services and products.
In addition to these projects, the dallas programme also includes two further initiatives; 'Year Zero' and 'Living It Up'. 'Year Zero' is an online application aimed at empowering individuals to actively manage their own health across all ages, providing a digital Red Book to help new parents record their child's health, a Family Health Tree to help track family's genealogy and a social networking and planning tool to help connect family, friends, carers and health professionals.
Living It Up focuses on developing innovative solutions that enable people in communities across Scotland to live happy, healthy and safe lives by giving them more choice and better control over their health and wellbeing. With the Hidden Talents element, people are also encouraged to identify their talents and share them with other members of the community.
Tunstall offers a range of solutions from technology to fully managed services that aim to redesign the provision of care for older people and those with long-term health and care needs, drawing focus away from the equipment and putting the user at the heart of an integrated service that will maximise their quality of life and independence.
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Tunstall Healthcare Group is the market leading provider of telehealthcare solutions, with over 2.5 million users globally. Tunstall's solutions support older people and those with long-term needs, helping them to live independently by effectively managing their health and well-being. Its solutions have been proven effective in the world's largest telehealthcare trial. Tunstall provides technology, expertise and advice to millions of people enabling them to lead independent more fulfilling lives.