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Developers and owners of care ‘apps’ – digital tools typically accessed via a mobile device – are being invited to upload information about their products to a new online showcase aimed at social care users and commissioners.
PSDeXchange is a new platform offered by Public Service Digital. Initially the platform will support both Local Digital Innovations a showcase for developments by and for local authorities and the ADASS Care Apps Showcase.
An ADASS care apps event, staged in Leeds in November 2015, was oversubscribed. A second, larger, event is booking now for central Birmingham March 7th 2017.
150 of the 280 places at the event have been reserved for senior managers in the care apps arena to attend the event free of charge. ADASS will also invite a selection of app developers to be featured, free of charge, at the March 2017 Birmingham event.
The online showcase will be available 24/7 to enable social care commissioners and app developers to find each other, supporting a fast-growing area of interest for the sector.
All app developers wishing to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the combination of PSDeXchange/ADASS Care Apps event are invited to upload their product profiles to the PSDeXchange site.
PSDeXchange says they are expecting to see apps uploaded in three main categories:
Apps supporting personal independence help their users stay independent (and in their own homes) longer, a key goal of social care policy arising from a rapidly ageing population and the high cost of social care services.
These tools may help people with impaired memory to function; support information sharing among a family network about a person’s activity, wellness, and medication; allow remote monitoring of wellbeing; make access to digital tools simpler for older and impaired users; and help families undertake financial planning around care needs.
Apps supporting wellbeing encourage healthy lifestyles (weight, fitness, smoking etc); support people with long term conditions by managing medication/treatment and lifestyle options; and may help with mental health issues, including loneliness.
Apps commissioned by professional and institutional users include directories, e-marketplaces, registers and other tools that link people with care needs to commercial or voluntary providers of these services; self-assessment tools around care needs and care funding; and case/workload management tools
Apps already uploaded to the PSDeXchange include:
Prompt: a tool researched and developed with support from the Alzheimer’s Society and Headway that helps people with memory problems retain social confidence and independence by collating shared history and personal context about people, places and events.
Everybody Active: A digital platform to support physical activity based on a CBT-led cognitive behaviour therapy-led technology. Development of the platform has been led by Kirklees Council’s Public Health department, a number of CCGs, and mental health and primary care partners.
The Kemuri Wellbeing Monitor: this supports independent older people with cognitive impairment who are at risk of hypothermia, dehydration, malnutrition and unattended falls. The associated app learns patterns of daily activity and identifies changes form normal activity, every hour of the day or night and alerts carers if anything unusual occurs.
Check out the apps already uploaded to the PSD eXchange
Organisations interested in joining the community of partners supporting and sponsoring the online PSD eXchange care apps showcase and/or the 2017 ADASS Care Apps Conference and Showcase should contact Ben Webber at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ben on 07718 929374