County council gives update on wearable technology for vulnerable residents

PUBLISHED: 12:33 08 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:34 08 September 2017

The council is considering giving health-tracking technology to vulnerable people.

The council is considering giving health-tracking technology to vulnerable people.

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The county council has issued an update on its plans to pilot wearable technology for vulnerable residents.

Hertfordshire County Council initially announced plans in July to research using wrist watches, software-enabled clothing and activity trackers over the summer – but the project has not yet begun, a council spokeswoman confirmed.

She said: “ “We are pleased to hear that Hertfordshire residents are excited about this project.

“We are still planning on piloting this technology, and are in the process of organising a large scale pilot to ensure meaningful results and research.”

The hope is that giving vulnerable residents the technology would help prevent accidents, subsequently easing pressure on the NHS and local care homes.

“Planning a large pilot does take time, but we are still extremely excited about the positive impact this project will have on the lives of our older and vulnerable residents,” the spokeswoman added.

“We look forward to telling you more about it when we have confirmed our plans but we anticipate that the pilot will take place over the coming months.”

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