Nov 172015
 

Try  beta 0.1 self register at www.model.strong.org.uk – don’t change your med times based on this – at the moments this is for subjective peer checking do the graphs feel right?

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If you’re going to have a blog  keep it up to date I advise clients… and look here!

An excerpt from a text to voice  presentation I’m preparing..

When I initially got over being diagnosed with  Parkinson’s it occurred to me that things could be worse and I’d have time on my hands when sitting and thinking would be the best I could do.

So I cast around and sort of fell headlong into e and mHealth, Leeds uk has a thriving Habitat for patient led mHealth. In fact that’s the name of the project led by Victoria Betton http://wearemhabitat.com/ supporting various projects and initiatives including my own project to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of current medications through the use of smart wearable devices.

It is my belief through self-knowledge and a scientific background, that there must be something that can be measured using preferably domestic equipment that can track you on Parkinson’s cycles. Medics tell you of ‘off’ and ‘on’ states but People with Parkinson’s (PWP’s) will tell you about many more a cycle that takes PWPs from Practically, immobile through aching muscles through feeling a breakthrough, relief from pain, mobility, Hypermobility and Mood, gradually coming down feeling, hot sweats, and you take some more.

How to get that to flat line feeling good then there must  be data on the perceived effectiveness of the drug Levadopa (the main PD me), and I  found charts of the blood plasma level of LD over time. Facing arguments that bPl is difficult and costly to measure, especially that beyond the blood brain barrier my own feeling were that they must be something that correlates and I set out to find it regardless of what academics and medics were saying. I was only looking for a relationship not the whole causative relationship. I wasn’t looking for the hows and whys??

By linking together these models, data from wearables and effective meds management software I am sure that a meds ‘satnav’ one that is flexible to know when you have taken a med (or not) if it was on schedule a factor all those personal and published data to re-route your intake of medicine automatically.

Watch this  space. There is a private, by invitation, Alpha test demo modelling site at model.strong.org.uk

 

Oct 232013
 

The tablet

Latest news (April 2014): Caretab failed to receive funding from the Nominet Trust and I made the decision not to apply for other funding. However Caretab rises again not as a separate company but as a consultancy option from Ron Strong Consultancy Services and I am looking at advising a local NHS Trust

I am currently running with a project called Caretab. I have formed a limited company for it and am pursuing funding.

  • There are 10.8 million people aged 65 or over in the UK
  • There are well over 22 million people aged 50 years and over, over a third of the total UK
  • population
  • There are now nearly 14.5 million people in the UK aged 60 and above.
  • Over 1.4 million people are aged 85 or over

Recently the Government has stated that more must be done to combat loneliness amongst the Elderly. In a speech on 18 October 2013, Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt said “A forgotten million who live amongst us – ignored to our national shame” and it is a source of “national shame” that as many as 800,000 people in England are “chronically lonely”.

CareTab is a complete internet-based service designed to help families keep in touch, particularly elderly relatives. By using low cost tablets, a combination of ready to use web services and a custom-made private website for you and your family, we provide a package suited to elderly, often isolated relatives.Issues we need to address

The web service

  • nearly half (49%) of all people aged 75 and over live alone
  • 12% of older people feel trapped in their own home
  • 17%  have less than weekly contact with family, friends and neighbours
  • 11% have less than monthly contact
  • Loneliness is as harmful for our health as 15 cigarettes a day
  • People with a high degree of loneliness are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s
  • Approximately 775,000 older people (7% of those aged 65 or over in the UK) say they are always or often feel lonely

Source of statistics: AgeUK 2013

CareTab 2.0 is a unique, complete internet-based service designed to enable families to keep in touch, particularly across two generations. By using low cost, touch screen computers (tablets), we provide the perfect package for keeping in touch with often isolated, elderly relatives.

For more information go to www.caretab.net

Sep 142012
 

I prefer simple straightforward websites, attractive and easy to use, hopefully you’ll agree that the new site I have created for, writer, Alison Taft, is just that. This is a site using WordPress. If you need a low cost web site created and hosting please contact me.

http://www.alisontaft.co.uk