Samsung partners with Uttar Pradesh to provide increased healthcare support
As part of its efforts to support areas with limited access to essential healthcare services, Sasmung Smart Healthcare aims to fill a gap in the Indian healthcare market through its Smart Healthcare Program, partnering with over 10 government hospitals across India.
The initiative encompasses the provision of advanced technologies and solutions to support India’s growing demand for healthcare services and support patients who could otherwise not afford to access quality care.
Samsung India’s partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh will see the company add 20 new Samsung Smart Healthcare centres across the state and provide advanced and innovative healthcare equipment, such as ultrasound and digital radiology (x-ray) machines, which will be manufactured by the Company.
Following on from the partnership, Samsung are now working to support 38 healthcare centres in total across the country.
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“Development on the healthcare front is the need of the hour. I am happy that Samsung India has made a start on that front and has come forward to set up programs like Samsung Smart Healthcare,” commented Shri Prashant Trivedi, Principal Secretary, Department of Medical Health & Family Welfare, Government of Uttar Pradesh.
“The government is working towards creating better medical facilities for the public and the collaboration with Samsung for the Smart Healthcare program is a step towards fulfilling this vision.”
“Samsung believes in transforming communities and creating a better life for people. We are pleased to partner with Uttar Pradesh to offer healthcare solutions with the effective use of technology,” added Deepak Bhardwaj, Vice President, Samsung India.
“Through this collaboration, we aspire to provide many more people in the state easy access to advanced healthcare facilities. Samsung Smart Healthcare combines good infrastructure, latest technology and the best available medical expertise.”
NHS care homes are better than private, report finds
A new survey has found that 60% of people with parents in NHS care homes believe the quality of care has improved, compared to just 49% of respondents with parents in private care facilities.
The survey was conducted by Kepler Vision Technologies, an AI-driven company formed at the University of Amsterdam. It was carried out among UK adults with parents over the age of 75.
Respondents cited more capable care staff and better monitoring systems as being the main reasons for improvement.
However those who do not have parents in assisted living facilities had a different viewpoint - in this case only 35% of respondents believe that NHS facilities are improving, compared to 32% who believe it is only improving in the private sector.
Only 18% of people whose parents live with them or independently believe care home staff are able to look after residents to a good standard.
Kepler Vision say this difference in opinion is due to perceived budget cuts and financial pressures, with 67% of people commenting that a lack of funding has had a negative effect on care in both NHS and private care facilities.
Other key findings of the survey include:
* Out of those who say quality has declined in care homes, 69% say the NHS is dealing with budget cuts and increased financial pressure, while 65% also said that the private system is dealing with these pressures too
* 55% said that they or their parent have money saved specifically to pay for their future care
* 35% said the idea of their parent in a care home makes them feel frightened, although 32% say it makes them feel secure
* 52% are worried about their parent catching COVID
* 47% are worried about their parent being lonely
* 46% are concerned they could fall over alone
The announcement of this research follows the UK government's decision to delay presenting its social care budget till the autumn.
Commenting on the research, Dr Harro Stokman, CEO of Kepler Vision Technologies said: “While it is good to see that people recognise the importance of staff and face-to-face interaction in elderly care, the huge gap in opinion between those with parents in care and those without shows that there are unfair negative perceptions around the residential care space.
"More can and should be done by care homes to give people the confidence that their relatives will receive the very best care - by highlighting the excellent work of staff and how well they are able to monitor resident’s needs with easy-to-use technology.”