A cluster of technology startups in Kent include a number of telehealth specialists which hope to provide digital health solutions for the UK’s aging population.
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Paul Carter, leader of Kent County Council and chairman of the south East England Councils (pictured), said telehealth is a top priority for the region.
South-east England is known for its retired population, but Carter said Kent has the biggest growing elderly population. And this number is just going to increase in the next 10 years.
“The NHS is either going to go bust or local government delivery social services will go bust, unless we innovate in the way we help and support our patients and clients who are reciprocates of social care,” Carter said.
“Telehealth needs to go to the next level,” he said. “And the investment has got to be in the preventative agenda, use that technology to avoid being incarcerated in a residential care home or geriatric ward which could have been available.”
Today, a gathering of entrepreneurs and representatives from south-east England attended an event in London’s FinTech, Level 39. The event was to thrown to promote awareness of east Kent’s startup cluster and its proximity to London and continental Europe. The area prides itself as being a different lifestyle to London’s Tech City, while offering £35m of interest-free loans to growing businesses.
Carter said startups working on health technology in the hub at the moment are focused on patient data and the opportunities of sharing health information between patient and practitioner.