Event to explore potential of location-based technologies


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The South East Health Technologies Alliance (SEHTA) is running an event next week to explore the potential impact of location-based systems on health and care services in the UK.

Organised in partnership with the IT Knowledge Transfer Network, the event will look at how applications such as lone-worker security tracking, hand-washing compliance systems and asset tracking technologies could improve current services.

“We’re hosting this event to raise awareness of the potential for location-based technologies in health and care,as well as exploring several of the opportunities and challenges,” said Dr David Parry, chief executive of SEHTA.

“We will be looking at technologies that have been developed specially for the purpose of health and social care, and will also be focusing on existing technologies from other sectors that may also be adapted for use in health and social care. We believe there is considerable potential for innovation in this field to fulfil unmet needs in the health and care sectors.”

The free event will be held on 8 February at the Best Western Reading Moat House Hotel in Wokingham, Berkshire, and will explore location-based technologies from several perspectives, including showcasing existing and planned implementations in health and care, discussing the potential for innovation, looking at examples of existing technologies from other industries that may transfer well to the health and care sectors, showcasing promising new technologies and services, and exploring the ethics and legal issues of tracking vulnerable people.

Speakers will include Richard Curry, e-Health development manager at SEHTA; Bernard Wignall, director of St Bernard Location Services, a division of Halliday James; Ernie Graham, owner of the Graham Care Group; Alison Walton, director of DiaryCare; Dick Wallis, chief executive of Position Systems; and Dr Robin Mackenzie, director of medical law and ethics at Kent Law School.

For more information, email Haley Dwyer at haley.dwyer@sehta.co.uk

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