Connected Care

The Cascade3d Connected Care system is helping organisations transform their digital care strategy across the UK.

Digital technology is improving our lives in every way.

From the government track and trace scheme using cell phone GPS coordinates, to online medical consultations keeping shielding patients in the safety of their own home whilst still in touch with their GP. This new world offers enormous benefits to individuals willing to use new technology, but keeps some feeling wary with increased exposure of their personal data, open to misuse by rogue third parties roaming the online world.

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) raised awareness of this issue to new heights in 2018 with increased fines for wrong doing and a clearer set of what’s allowed and what’s not (even though there were strict guidelines way before 2018). In regard to data being used in healthcare an interesting situation exists with older people being the generation most likely to benefit from new care technologies and the generation most likely to resist information sharing.

Digital technology is improving our lives in every way.

At Cascade3d we confront this challenge on a daily basis. Our Connected Care Platform uses smart sensors to support elderly and vulnerable people in their own houses. The sensors keep a real time check on people movements and activity in the house with the data available to family, caregivers and clinicians. Whilst no personal data (under GDPR) is used in the system, the personal nature of peoples movements and behavior can seem a very private thing to collect.

However the councils, NHS organisations and private companies working with Cascade3d, gain so many valuable insights into their service users care needs by carefully analysing this data, it seems hard to see a future where this analysis does not become the norm.

Nutrition and hydration can be monitored by looking at visits to the kitchen and food appliance use.

Nutrition and hydration can be monitored by looking at visits to the kitchen and food appliance use. How lonely and isolated does a person feel if they don’t have any visitors all day or their television or radio is switched off? How many hours of sound sleep takes place in the bedroom each night? As for the ultimate personal question that answers many medical enquiries, how often does a person visit the bathroom, for how long and have these visits started to increase recently?

Now it’s easy to see all of these benefits from a younger adult’s perspective. The majority of adults who can’t live without their iPhone or Netflix subscription will be more than happy to accept this data collecting as a great benefit to their later life, keeping them independent and living in their own home as long as possible.

In a recent example one gentleman in his eighties loves to look at his own movement data on his tablet each day.

But what about the current older population, already described as wary of new technology?

In our experience at Cascade3d, as long as technology is explained and de-mystified to any person then the benefits will always outweigh the risks. In a recent example one gentleman in his eighties loves to look at his own movement data on his tablet each day. He feels this helps him remember what he has done during the day and to keep an eye on how long he sits down for so he doesn’t get lazy. In another example a lady also in her eighties feels the most re-assured she has ever done knowing her daughters can keep an eye on her without interrupting their busy lives unnecessarily.

This could be the last technology shy generation we have, so gaining personal buy in from users to the benefits of this new technology is key. With a fully onboarded person, happy to share their daily routines the opportunity presented by collecting GDPR compliant data is huge and not one to miss.

The Cascade3d Connected Care system is helping organisations transform their digital care strategy across the UK.

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