Debbie Johnson, Head of ICT Business Development, Kent County Council
“Baby Boomers are a demographic time bomb” says Johnson in this short video presentation, in reference to the increasing mortality rate and the social care budget required to support it. Her council has consequently begun to work differently, something she says councils have no choice but to do. She describes how Kent has been using the ‘eDay Book’, an online health monitoring tool for residents to update themselves at home which can be accessed by a local domiciliary care agency allowing carers to provide proactive rather than reactive services. The result is that older and disabled people live more independently at home, hospital admissions are avoided and GP appointments minimised.
Watch a video on carers and residents in Kent using the eDay Book:
Event: Local Digital Futures Thought Leadership briefing
The Local Digital Futures Thought Leaders debate held recently in London brought together some of the leading lights in central and local government, suppliers and research bodies to discuss implementation of ‘Internet of Things’ systems to improve public services. The discussion focused on how the technology could reduce the pressure on local authority services and explored the barriers to take up, following on from a day-long, free event aimed at local government service managers and decision makers.