Digital care

A digital care programme rolled out across the county by Kent Council has won national recognition in the HTN HealthTech Awards.  The project, called Kara, involved successfully equipping 1,700 vulnerable, digitally disadvantaged adults with video “carephones” to overcome social isolation during Covid.  Comprising a one-touch secure tablet device, it provided video-calling to the individual’s support network and allowed council support staff to monitor their care needs.  The programme was delivered by health consultancy Rethink Partners and virtual care company Alcove.