An app that helps carers to identify health risks and deterioration in elderly people in less than ten minutes and a digital platform to support homeless and vulnerable people are just two of 18 projects that have been handed funds to develop tools to support vulnerable people.
NHSX, the digital division of the NHS; the Department for Health & Social Care; and the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government have all pledged up to £25,000 for individual projects worked up in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The selections come from more 1,600 proposals under the TechForce19 programme aimed at providing assistance to the vulnerable, elderly and self-isolating during the Covid-19 lockdown and beyond.
Funds have been made available to support the trial and deployment of the solutions, with the aim of showing benefits quickly so decisions can be made on supporting a national roll out.
The Feebris app and the Beam are joined by, among others, Chanuar’s Neurolove.org, a platform providing a friendly ear and human support for young people to stay virtually social and safe online; a scheme from Peppy which gives new parents remote access to trusted advice from perinatal and mental health experts; TeamKinetic’s digital platform that assists organisations in managing community volunteer programmes; and Vine Health’s mobile app to support cancer patients and their loved ones during treatment.
Minister for Care Helen Whately said: “This is a hugely challenging time for everyone but for some it’s especially hard. Some people find themselves particularly isolated by social distancing - so we want to make sure they have the support they need at their fingertips.
“Technology has already proven to be a powerful tool in our response to this pandemic, keeping us connected in ways we could not have imagined even a few years ago.
“These innovative projects will offer fresh hope and vital support to some of the people who need it most and I’m very excited to see how they progress.”