Five councils using tech to cut costs
emma wollacott | the times | 12 december 2016
PA’s telecare work for Hampshire County Council is featured in a special report on public sector technology in The Times.
The article looks at five councils that have used technological innovations to save cash-strapped councils millions of pounds in improving services for local residents.
The article explains that in Hampshire, there are over 235,000 residents who are over 65 years of age and around 16,000 of them have critical or substantial needs which presents a major problem for social care.
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The article goes on to say that through an award-winning partnership with PA Consulting Group, the council has been able to introduce a range of assistive technology aimed at improving services while cutting costs.
The article details the telecare system which includes the GPS-equipped personal alarms, fall detectors, epilepsy sensors and medication reminders. The system currently covers around 6,500 Hampshire residences and the article states that PA saved Hampshire County Council £1.9 million in its second year of operations, even though the service is offered free.
On this, the council's deputy director of adult services, Richard Ellis said: “We have a service that improves lives and costs us less than nothing.”