Abstracts: August 27th, 2008

This programme is now available to view on egovtv.tv, the online television channel for public service modernisation. It features leading experts exploring the issue of Telecare to help councils meet their social care responsibilities.

Telecare is becoming increasingly important in providing support for older and disabled people. It is being used increasingly by social services because of the part it plays in risk management. The use of a range of sensors allows people to remain in their own homes in a safe condition, well beyond what was possible in the past.

The programme also explains how telehealth provides remote monitors that remove the need for people to visit their GP or hospital. It also describes the growing use of telemedicine, which for example allows blood pressure to be monitored at arms length.

GovTV is a dedicated web-cast television channel for governors of public bodies, council members and senior executives across all public sector organisations and is available free to an unlimited audience at anytime, at any location via the internet.

The programme can be viewed at http://www.localgov.tv/cgi-bin/details.pl?action=pre&id=484