Who can predict the impact of new technology
on social care in the years to come?
The London Borough of Camden has made a bold
attempt in a new report on implementing electronic government in
In its e-government vision, Camden illustrates
how “passive monitoring” could help older people stay in their own
homes for longer.
Sensors could alert the authorities if there
was a fall in room temperature or if the fridge was not opened for
a long period.
The report says “this is not only beneficial
for the elderly person… but is also less expensive than
But Andrew Stephens, head of Camden Connect,
the council’s e-government team, said that money would not be the
guiding influence. “It’s not a question of cost primarily but a
question of quality of life,” he said.