6 Reasons Why Peripheral Flexibility is Key in TEC Services

Alex Fulcher | 01 May, 2024 |

Technology has emerged as a powerful ally within social care enabling more efficient and personalised care delivery. However, as technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, local authorities face a critical decision: to embrace open and adaptable solutions or risk being left behind by rigid, proprietary systems.

Flexibility is paramount when choosing care peripherals – the devices, accessories and equipment that augment and enhance technology enabled care solutions. By opting for solutions that can connect to any type of peripheral, regardless of manufacturer, local authorities can unlock a world of possibilities, ensuring that their care services remain relevant, personalised, and future-proofed.

Here are six compelling reasons why local authorities should prioritise peripheral flexibility:

1. Personalised Care

Every person has unique needs, preferences, and circumstances that may necessitate specific peripherals or devices. With an open and adaptable system like Andi, the digital dispersed alarm and software solution, care providers can tailor their solutions by selecting the most relevant and appropriate peripherals for individuals.


“Andi is different because it’s truly agnostic meaning we’re not reliant on the same company making all their own peripherals and this opens up a huge opportunity … We want to be able to use the best of what's out there so we can provide that flexibility and personalisation to people in their homes or in supported living accommodation.” Michael Hanrahan, Telecare and Telehealth Manager at Wirral Council 


Andi's ability to connect to different peripheral types also allows for personalised monitoring rules and thresholds to be set for each service user. This ensures a truly personalised experience, enabling individuals to live gloriously ordinary lives tailored to their unique circumstances. For example, in Wirral, Andi detected an increase in a service user's bathroom visits compared to their established baseline. This triggered an alert, leading to the early diagnosis and treatment of a kidney infection. By comparing real-time data to individualised baselines, Andi empowers care providers to detect deviations from normal patterns promptly and intervene accordingly, delivering truly personalised care.

2. Supply Chain Disruptions

In today's ever-changing landscape, supply chain disruptions have become increasingly common. By embracing peripheral flexibility, local authorities can mitigate the impact of such disruptions. If a particular peripheral device becomes unavailable or difficult to procure, the system's flexibility allows for seamless integration of alternative peripherals, ensuring continuity of care and minimising service interruptions.


3. Future-Proof and Scalable Solutions

Technology is evolving at an unprecedented pace, and what may be cutting-edge today could become obsolete tomorrow. By embracing peripheral flexibility, local authorities can future-proof their care solutions. As new and improved peripherals, designed to improve care delivery, enhance patient monitoring, and streamline processes, become available they can be seamlessly integrated into the existing system. This provides a scalable and adaptable solution that can grow and evolve alongside technological advancements.


4. Cost-Effective and Efficient Resource Allocation

With peripheral flexibility, local authorities can optimise their resource allocation and maximise the value of their investments. Rather than being locked into a proprietary system that requires specific and potentially expensive peripherals, they can explore cost-effective alternatives without compromising the quality of care. This flexibility allows for efficient resource allocation and the potential to reallocate funds to other critical areas of care delivery.


5. Interoperability and Collaboration

Collaboration and information sharing are crucial for providing comprehensive and coordinated social and health care. By adopting technology enabled care solutions with software allowing for peripheral flexibility, local authorities can rely on a single source of truth, foster interoperability and seamless data exchange with other care providers, healthcare facilities, and relevant stakeholders. This collaborative approach enhances the continuity of care and ensures that individuals receive the best possible support across various settings and service providers.

How does Andi Connect to peripherals?

Andi provides peripheral flexibility by connecting to multiple manufacturers and any peripheral type. Andi connects to any peripheral type via RF868/9, WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee and cloud to cloud integration.

In a world where change is the only constant, embracing peripheral flexibility is not just a choice; it's a strategic imperative for local authorities seeking to deliver exceptional care services. By prioritising open and adaptable solutions, they can unlock a myriad of benefits, from personalised care to future-proofing their investments, and ultimately, better serving the needs of their communities.

If you are looking for an end-to-end care solution that allows peripheral flexibility, resilience and provides person-centred actionable insights, Andi may be right for you! Click here to reach out.


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