Everyone from the CQC to care home providers is starting to recognise the opportunity to go digital. Here's why the real digital opportunity is in the data.
Aging 2.0 holds an annual conference in San Francisco that puts on an impressive display of the latest ageing related ideas, design and technology. This year’s conference, OPTIMIZE, was held 12-14 October. We attended this year's conference and came away inspired by the breadth of the ideas, energy and positivity.
The care industry faces challenges that are complex and bigger than any one organisation. Collaboration amongst stakeholders is key to better outcomes for the industry as a whole - developing better care for older people, a better work environment for care professionals and a more rewarding business for owners of care service providers. We’re very proud to have been selected to work with industry stakeholders at the Digital Catapult Brighton and IoTUK Care Clinic event last Friday, 16 September.
Today we are really pleased to announce the launch of our KareInn Pilots section. This has been a long time coming and is in direct response to the feedback we have received from clients we have worked with over the last year. They have found our pilot process to really help in their adoption of our application and we felt it was something we should put on paper and share with the wider public.
Improve staff retention, improve person centred care delivery, Dementia care best practice, reduce operational risks and reduce regulatory compliance risks are five important business priorities where data can empower evidence based decision making in residential care homes. There are many other opportunities but these are ones that we often hear are high priorities in care homes.
We started KareInn to help provide tools to allow better and more empowered caring for the elderly. Inextricably linked to this, is the care of people with dementia, a giant population of people who need more care than most. Dementia has often suffered from the image of being ‘something that just happened to the old’, but we as KareInn are proud to continue to beat the drum, and recognise that this is a Disease – a truly cruel Disease – but one that we can and will fight against. People with dementia will never be far from our thoughts or technology development.
The UK is a smartphone society. More than 7 out of every 10 adults own a smartphone. For many people, a smartphone is the first thing they touch in the morning and the last thing they touch at night. Smartphones are the digital equivalent of a Swiss Army knife as they have subtly replaced the alarm clock, flashlight, stopwatch, calculator, voice recorder, camera, scanner, newspapers, books, maps, GPS devices and dozens of other everyday items in our lives.
I’m a co-founder of KareInn because I want to make a difference. When I left university I wanted a meaningful career. I’m 51 now. I’ve done my share of corporate innovation work for GE, KPMG, Lockheed Martin and other big companies. I am not a former carer like my two other co founders but it’s time for me to work that I consider personally and socially redeeming.
People often ask me why I co founded KareInn. What are my personal motivations for putting myself through the mill of building a tech startup in the care industry? A largely paper based industry that doesn’t have tech startups. It’s fraught with risks, inconsistencies and countless highs and lows. Surely it’s a crazy idea for someone in their 40’s with a wife, two children and a mortgage? And anyway it’s a young person’s game, right?
New developments in our understanding of the biological determinants of ageing and better healthcare are behind the growing life expectancy (80 now from 40 a century ago). But socially and culturally we have not kept pace with what this will mean in our ageing society of the future. What do longer life spans mean for the way we organise our societies? How can people best prepare themselves for living considerably longer?