Community care tech developed to help older people during COVID-19

  • Belfast-based Connected Health has invested in Research & Development (R&D) to create Carebox, an in-home care solution which is designed to support older people with virtual care and medication.

    Connected Health’s Carebox solution operates in tandem with a patient's own TV to provide medication reminders and direct access to their next of kin or a virtual care assistant, and will be launched across the UK and Ireland.

    The company has also deployed a host of additional service innovations and support throughout the pandemic.

    Established in 2012, Connected Health delivers over 2.5m physical care visits per year and is one of Northern Ireland’s largest homecare providers.

    Over the last three years, Invest Northern Ireland has offered Connected Heath £156,000 of support towards R&D, marketing and trade assistance.

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    Douglas Adams, Connected Health CEO commented: “Creating solutions to improve patient care is at the heart of our business and is the reason we developed Carebox. With the impact of Covid-19 affecting the NHS, our technology is designed to deliver efficient home healthcare in the community, at times decreasing the demand for costly hospitalisation.

    CEO of Invest NI, Kevin Holland said: “By investing in R&D, Connected Health has created a solution that is having real and immediate benefits on our care sector, particularly during Covid-19. I am confident that this investment will help the company accelerate its growth internationally and build resilience throughout Covid-19 and beyond.”

    The team at Connected Health has also been using a range of innovative service approaches across Covid-19. These include dedicated Covid care teams and Hospital to Home services to free up much needed acute beds, as well as a range of alternative care approaches to boost physical care during lockdown.

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    Douglas continued: “Homecare has proven itself to be an effective method to deliver essential care to older people, whilst at the same time minimising the cross infection and transmission risks of Covid-19. We expect homecare to be one of the few tools that can be effectively deployed to cope with increasing primary and acute care referrals and discharges.  As the pandemic continues, our business will continue to remain nimble and focused on both the opportunities and challenges it presents.”

    In recognition of Connected Health’s commitment to innovation, it has been awarded a Silver Level Innovator Certificate from Innovate NI. 

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    Source: Written from press release

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