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Working Together For The Future Of Telecare

David Ogden, managing director of Supra UK – The Key Safe Company, is encouraging the telecare and telehealth industry to improve care from the ground up.

When we can land a spacecraft on a comet over 300 million miles away, travelling at 84,000 miles per hour, it shows that anything is possible. David Ogden, managing director of Supra UK – The Key Safe Company, is encouraging the telecare and telehealth industry to embrace this ‘can do’ approach and work together to improve care from the ground up.

With Samsung looking to invest £20bn into telecare and telehealth worldwide and Apple, Microsoft and Facebook also looking at the sector, he is encouraging the industry to work together to help drive these initiatives and utilize and integrate with these technology platforms. He believes the industry is becoming more co-operative in its approach and that this will help it to increase efficiencies whilst embracing technology, for the benefit of those being cared for.

For almost 20 years, The Key Safe Company has been working closely with industry experts, and it is this philosophy of working together that David Ogden believes is central to providing the best products and services for the sector.

At this year’s Telecare and Telehealth Conference, the company used its exhibition space to help the industry see how far telecare has progressed in the last five years, as well as gathering ideas and beginning conversations about what the future could hold.

It was five years ago, at the 2009 Conference, that The Key Safe Company asked delegates to donate items that captured the essence of telecare of the time. Over 50 items and documents were donated from across the industry, including information on key milestones, such as the TSA Code of Practice, which was updated that year. The Key Safe Company sealed the items in a time capsule and locked it away.

At this year’s conference, the company employed ‘Dr Who’ to crack open the time capsule to reveal the contents and see just how far things have moved on. The Key Safe Company also used the time capsule to prompt discussions about what innovations are required to deliver the best telecare in the future.

There have certainly been some important innovations since the time capsule
was sealed. Just a year later, in 2010, The Key Safe Company itself launched the C500, the UK’s first police-approved key safe. Designed in consultation with 500 users and industry experts, the C500 is proven, reliable, easy to operate and supports integrated service delivery. Four years on, it has been used in the support of over 250,000 people.

Currently used by 86% of local authorities, the C500 offers the highest level of quality and security. The official Police security initiative, Secured by Design has said: “Do not let anyone persuade you that a cheap alternative is as good - put them on the spot and ask if it meets the LPS 1175 standard. Only the C500 Key Safe has inside it the round black and white seal of the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB)." 

The time capsule was useful to prompt conversations about how far the industry has moved on. It also helped focus minds on how it should progress in the future.

To capture the industry’s thoughts regarding the future, delegates shared their ideas and hopes on a ‘future wall’ on The Key Safe Company stand. Over 100 ideas were put up over the two days and there were many lively conversations about how the industry could make some real changes and work together to improve care in the 21st Century. 

Many of the ideas featured the use of technology, and The Key Safe Company will be passing the ideas on to the TSA, as well as using them to help progress its own product development programme.

There are exciting opportunities for the future of telecare and The Key Safe Company is looking forward to working closely with industry colleagues to help realise them.

If you would like to contact the The Key Safe Company please call 01905 770333 or visit www.keysafe.co.uk

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