NHSX initiative 'Techforce19' put out a call to all technology innovators to propose solutions to address a number of challenges relating to supporting the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during COVID-19 emergency. Alcuris were successful in the Remote Care category.
NHSX, who is leading a £1 billion digital health and social care transformation programme under the NHS umbrella, has been working with partners to run the fast-track competition to create a pool of technologies that have the potential to be rapidly scaled during the current crisis.
After 1,600 applications were received a rigorous selection process scored each one on the basis of solution feasibility, company credibility, impact, and digital maturity. The Techforce19 assessment process, led by Public and working with the AHSN Network, NHSX and representatives from local authority, care, and mental health sectors, selected just 18 companies to take part in a rapid testing phase
The testing phase will demonstrate how the solutions can be deployed specifically to meet Covid-19 needs. The types of impact measures that will be considered ahead of decisions on national rollout include access, use of technologies, and feedback from vulnerable groups regarding feelings of loneliness, safety, and support.
Alcuris is partnering with Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), East Lothian HSCP, South Tyneside Council, and Stockton on Tees Borough Council who all support the deployment of the Memo Hub, sensors, and a Next Generation Telecare service.
Shaun Taylor, OneCall Registered Manager, Stockton on Tees Borough Council has described the Memo hub as perfectly placed to "look after the client’s wellbeing, reduce family anxiety and help Adult Social Care get a clearer understanding of the individuals care needs in these unprecedented, most challenging of times”
This testing phase will last for two to three weeks and followed by an assessment to better understand the potential and scope for accelerated deployment at scale, based on evidence.
Alex Nash, Alcuris Managing Director said: “We are thrilled with the outcome of the selection process and are excited to be working with NHSX, its partners and our Service Provider partners on the next phase of the Techforce19 project. We look forward to making our contribution to support older and vulnerable people, their families, and Social Care during the Covid19 crisis. I am immensely proud of the Alcuris team who have been developing the Memo Hub and Next Generation Telecare services over the last two years.”
For more information about the programme visit Techforce19.uk