Yorkshire-based Tunstall Healthcare has stepped forward in response to Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s call for support from technology companies during the coronavirus pandemic.
Tunstall, which specialises in software and hardware, has developed three propositions to respond to the current COVID-19 outbreak, and also to prepare for similar incidents in the future.
These will be known as Tunstall Response, Tunstall Connect and Tunstall Integrated Care Platform, designed to support both individuals and also the NHS, local authorities and housing associations.
Gavin Bashar, MD of Tunstall Healthcare, said: “The Tunstall Response proactive call service utilises our existing community alarm service, which enables older and vulnerable people throughout the UK to easily get help in an emergency, using a home unit and worn pendant which connects them to a 24-hour response centre.
“Through regular outbound calls, operators can check in, offer advice and appropriately escalate any deterioration in wellbeing to other service providers, particularly where people are in self-isolation or at high risk from COVID-19.
He continued: “We’re also introducing a smart device app, Tunstall Connect, which can enable Tunstall Response to keep in touch with vulnerable people who are self-isolating, without the need for a traditional community alarm system.”
Finally, the Tunstall Integrated Care Platform enables sophisticated remote health monitoring.
Patients download an app which allows them to record vital signs readings and answer health questionnaires at home.
Clinicians can then remotely review the data via an online portal, using a colour coded dashboard to identify the patients most in need of intervention.
Tunstall has also recently introduced specific COVID-19 and self-isolation questionnaires to support clinicians during the current crisis.