VideoDoc joins the TQG
This is more than a trend. VideoDoc is part of the vanguard of services that is giving people easier access to healthcare services online. The company is collaborating with health and care services, notably in the UK and Ireland – but with great ambitions to further develop its services internationally. More details of VideoDoc are to be found in the ‘Membership’ section of this website. They join a raft of forward-thinking TQG members, including Self Help, Dignio and Svensk Telepsykiatri – where ‘online’ is at the core of their businesses.
It’s in the Code!
The fact that ‘online’ services are joining the TQG comes as no surprise. The TQG’s well respected International Code of Practice for Telehealth Services (now in its 2018/19 issue) has always been at the cutting edge – with its strong ethical foundation that addresses the needs of mHealth service providers (including a comprehensive clause on video-consultation) and puts the needs of service users (including the security of their personal data) at the forefront.
The Time is Right
VideoDoc join just as the TQG has decided to establish a Special Interest Group that will be developing protocols for video communications in health and care services. At the moment there are no agreed codes or standards – in a context where both service providers and the people that use them need safeguards to be in place. News of the SIG will be posted in the next few weeks!
REAL PROSPECT OF BRINGING TOGETHER SOCIAL ALARMS, TELECARE & TELEHEALTH IN ‘WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT’ APPROACH
Minister Simon Coveney TD of the Irish Government has welcomed and has published The Telehealth Quality Group (TQG) Review of the Seniors Alert (SAS) scheme. Crucially he has made clear his intent to follow our recommendation to develop a ‘whole of government’ approach that would bring together social alarms, telecare and telehealth in Ireland to address the needs of older people more holistically. The Irish Government recognises these needs as not just relating to older people’s health and security, but also to wider well-being issues around isolation and loneliness.
MINISTER SIMON COVENEY TD
The Review has taken place in a context of opportunity. That opportunity, our Review points out, relates to the increasing use of new (often portable) technologies; and to more enlightened ways of thinking that brings older people into focus as equal and important contributors to the economic and social life of our communities. Consideration by the Irish Government of our Review is timely. It builds on the 2012 Older People’s Strategy for Ireland and will support the Government’s evolving framework for ‘Delivering Social Change’.
In the meantime adjustments are planned in the SAS that are due to be ‘rolled out’ in September. These will help ensure that the value of and the community context of such services is maintained. The full TQG Review can be accessed online at