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Digital telecoms specialists Communicare247 has been appointed to the Scotland Excel framework for local authorities’ telecare services worth up to £25.2 million.

The digital telecare specialist will provide cloud-based services, coupled with technologies including GPS devices, telecare mobile phones, personal care detectors and environmental sensors that will enable people to live independently in their homes for longer across all of Scotland’s 32 local authorities.

Communicare247 is the only independent Scottish SME among the 14 companies awarded through the framework to deliver personal telecare technologies across Scotland over the next four years.

Tom Morton, chief executive officer of Communicare247, said: “We welcome this framework that underpins Scotland’s adoption of telecare services that are fit for the future. Now is the time for local authority commissioners to ensure their telecare systems are robust and truly offer citizens choice and freedom.

“Adopting the right services combined with the right technologies can deliver social care that reduces the number of people affected by delayed discharge. As well, digital telecare is the only way to ensure that home alarms reach the help needed as the UK telephone network switches to digital.”

Scotland Excel, the Centre of Procurement Expertise for the local government sector in Scotland, represents its 32 local authorities and manages a £1 billion contract portfolio that supports the delivery of social care, construction, roads, transport, environment, corporate, education and ICT services.

Glasgow-based Communicare247, founded in 2007, says it operates the only facilities in Scotland that can provide an end-to-end digital telecare solution to local authorities and other healthcare providers. The company’s state-of-the-art Alarm Receiving Centre is based in Dunoon.

Article as published in The Insider.

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