What we call our National Health Service is in truth an illness service, its focus is on managing illness and injury and trying to get us better, rather than on managing health.
When it comes to health management it really relies on people taking care of themselves. This doesn’t just include the usual stuff like diet and exercise, it also means making sure you’re set up so that when you do get ill or injured, you can take steps to preventing it from becoming more serious.
One of the ways to do this is by embracing the technology available thanks to the internet and connectivity, as it can make an enormous contribution to maintaining our good health.
For example, one of the things that often happens is that people have a minor accident at home such as a fall, and they have no way of alerting anybody. By the time somebody finds the victim, potentially hours later, it’s become really quite serious, whereas previously it may have been quite minor.
To tackle this people can now wear emergency pendants or bracelets which have a button to press if the wearer gets into difficulty, which will then alert a family member or healthcare service.
Equally, quite a lot of elderly people want to save money on their heating, and some will inadvertently let the temperature of their house fall to a dangerous point. Well, you can easily fit a sensor which monitors for temperature to make sure it doesn’t drop too low, and will turn on the heating only as necessary to maintain a safe temperature at home.
All that can be done easily and monitored by central services, and in helping care for us at home, it removes strain from the NHS, and from our own lives. But of course, we need good connectivity to do it.
If you want to learn more about the way internet can help monitor your health, feel free to feel free to give James or Linda a call on 01228 217171 or email me.