We believed It was critically important for CVm-Health to include the most vulnerable in society – the digitally disconnected with poor digital literacy and unequal technology access.
It’s a stark problem; according to the Office of National Statistics, 11.3 million people in the UK lack the basic digital skills needed to use the internet effectively, while 4.8 million people never go online at all. 75% of those stranded offline are over 65 with the rest being those on low incomes, without a job, in social housing, with disabilities, living in rural areas or those whose first language is not English.
So, we took time to get the technology and offering right and produce something that would be effective, usable at scale and inclusive - a solution that helped connect us all in these unprecedented times.
It was very important that like any Sensyne product it matched the Company’s values and our mission to create technology for a better society. The current social distancing and self-isolation advice is limiting our ability to care for the ones we love. While physical isolation makes sense, social isolation doesn’t.
A powerful feature of Cvm-Health is the ability to record someone else’s symptoms and vital signs, not just the person who is the registered user of the app, but also family members, loved ones or neighbours.
We hope CVm-Health becomes an app for everyone, including the ‘digitally denied’ – enabling people to volunteer, from their laptop on their sofa or at a safe distance in their neighbourhood, to help look after those most vulnerable and in most need of care in society - particularly those that will remain at risk, isolated and locked-down after general social distancing guidance is relaxed. The health information on these vulnerable individuals then becomes easy to review and assess, if assistance is needed from healthcare professionals.
By using the `Good Neighbour App’ we hope people will be encouraged to help care for those most in need - particularly those who, for whatever reason, don’t have access to the internet.
Thank you. Keep well.
Rt Hon Lord Drayson PhD FIET FREng FMedSci
CEO and Founder
Sensyne Health plc