Tomorrow’s Home: Hearts, Minds and Digital Technology @home
A virtual panel discussion exploring digital technology and healthcare at home.
The global pandemic forced a sometimes unwelcome and uneasy introduction of more digital technologies in the home, particularly for elderly users, raising questions about privacy and security. Sometimes even passive and at first glance, mundane-looking objects like chairs and heat sensors can have complex digital footprints.
Digital technology is also changing the way health care is delivered and accessed, how wellbeing is understood, monitored and achieved, and how social housing builds and manages homes for elderly residents, and engages with them.
The powerful and hidden ways digital technology changes our lives and homes can make it an invaluable facilitator of healthy aging, telecare and wellbeing in the home, and help us reduce our environmental impact. Unchecked, it could become a deeply entrenched and impenetrable barrier to wellbeing and telecare, forcing people to bypass, switch off and go without, entrenching undesirable practices and wasting environmental resources.
The panel will discussing how digital technologies can win the hearts and minds of elderly people in social housing in their homes, and what are the barriers and opportunities for the behavioural change we so desperately need as a society?
- Chair: Dr Ralitsa Hiteva, Senior Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex
- Mark Stratford, Commercial Director for Appello
- Tom Leon-Grimes, Service Development Manager for Orbit
- Dr Kate Simpson, Energy researcher, Imperial College London
- Ben Tongue- NHS Digital
- Dr Robin Darton, Senior Research Fellow, Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Kent