The first pilot of a new online care management tool developed by a Fife company was launched by a Scottish health authority.
NHS Lothian trialed the ClickGo software produced by Planis Mobile for people living with dementia in partnership with Alzheimer’s Scotland.
Planys Mobile developed it with social care charity Carr Gomm so that care managers and families can coordinate care arrangements by interacting online to ensure users’ needs are being met.
Planys Mobile, a private sector technology company, co-invested in the ClickGo joint venture with Carr Gomm.
ClickGo has received considerable acclaim including being one of ten UK finalists in the Google Impact Challenge Awards 2014.
Steven Wexelstein, co-owner of Planys Mobile, said: “This web and mobile App could revolutionise care management for anyone with care needs.
“We are keen to hear the feedback on how it performs during this study involving people living with dementia and their families.
“Planys Mobile is a commercial company that has invested in this service in partnership with a charity Carr Gomm. It’s a brilliant example of the private sector committing resources and working with a charity to bring innovation to care provision”.
Andrew Thomson, head of business development at Carr Gomm said: “ClickGo is designed to make the ambitions of self-directed support a reality for everyone who uses social care services.
“It’s about giving each individual more choice and control on a day-to-day basis, and empowering them through access to real-time information, so they can make the decisions that are right for them.”
Dr Donald MacIntyre, NHS Research Scotland Fellow at Edinburgh University, said: “We are very excited to be independently evaluating this novel technology which could be used by people living with long term conditions across the country.
“It has the potential to help people reduce their need for hospital or residential care”.
Planys Mobile develops applications for web and mobile. The employee-owned Dunfermline company creates and markets its own products as well as products for UK and international clients.