Connected Health has unveiled plans for Europe’s first online homecare package builder as part of the company’s drive towards ‘Homecare 2.0’ in Ireland.

Connected Health announced its new online ‘Homecare Configurator’ at the official opening of its Ireland headquarters at Belgard Road in Tallaght on Wednesday, April 6.

The new platform allows clients and their families to integrate high quality physical care with wearable technology, medication devices and virtual care service offerings in building a fully bespoke care experience online in a matter of minutes.

Users of the platform can simply build what they need into their own package by adding required services and products into a shopping basket and placing an order. Users can select the number of hours of physical care they need and the volume of virtual daily check-ins required, as well as add devices such as activity monitors, medication adherence monitors and incontinence detectors.

Connected Health Director, Ryan Williams, said: “This approach is the first of its kind in the homecare market in Europe. It aligns perfectly with both Connected Health’s vision to deliver Homecare 2.0 and with government’s ‘Sláintecare’ reforms, as well as the ‘Stay Left Shift Left’ strategy to utilise increased digital technology within the broader healthcare sector.

“This approach has been developed over a period of time with extensive input from stakeholders, as well as our technology partners including Amazon, Microsoft and Arrow Electronics. We are incredibly excited about the next few months as part of our Homecare 2.0 journey, which is focused on re-engineering, modernising and disrupting the entire homecare sector.”

Minister for Rural and Community Development, and Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys, welcomed the new platform and the opening of Connected Health’s new head office in the Lidl Neighbourhood Centre in Tallaght.

Minister Humphreys said: “I want to congratulate Connected Health on the opening of its very impressive purpose-built facility in Tallaght. I welcome its dynamic approach to the provision of homecare services and indeed the large number of jobs it is creating in many locations throughout the island. The cutting-edge approach to the provision of its services is impressive and I wish all of its management and staff every success in the future.”

South Dublin County Council Mayor, Peter Kavanagh, officially opened the Connected Health head office for Ireland at the Lidl Neighbourhood Centre, Belgard Road, Tallaght.

He said: “Home care plays an important role on the continuum of care and will be increasingly important as our population gets older. The opening of Connected Health’s office in Tallaght not only brings employment to the local area, but also provides a local solution for older people and their families who need home care to remain active and engaged in their communities.”

Paula Cahoon, Connected Health’s Operations Director for Ireland, said: “We are delighted to officially open our purpose-designed head office, which is ideally located at the heart of the community here in Tallaght.

“The new facility is staffed by 14 new management and administration personnel, and we are currently in the process of recruiting for 500 new care worker posts across our operations in the Republic of Ireland.”