Countdown to digital - Can housing providers meet the challenge of the digital telecare deadline?

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Findings from a recent industry survey, that show housing providers are ready to move to digital – but lack of clarity is a concern, are explored in a new report from Appello and Housing LIN.

Over 80% of housing providers are making plans to begin the move to digital telecare this year, according to the results of an industry survey. A sizeable majority are positive about their progress but there's also a note of caution: many organisations are unsure they will meet the analogue switch off deadline and over half have been held back by a lack of information from the telecare industry.

These are just some of the findings from the latest Digital Telecare Barometer (opens new window), with responses from key decision makers across the supported housing sector, including retirement housing and local authorities. This survey was compiled by the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) and digital telecare supplier, Appello.

  • Over 61% are apprehensive about the impact of the analogue switch off.
  • 42% are not confident they will meet the deadline for this.
  • Nearly half (49%) indicated financial restraints have proved challenging in the current economic climate.

The findings of the survey are explored in a new report from Appello and Housing LIN; ‘Countdown to Digital: Can Housing Providers Meet the Challenge of the Digital Deadline?’, available to download here (opens new window).

Jeremy Porteus, founder and CEO of Housing LIN stated:

"Since our first joint report with Appello, we have seen a marked increase in the number of housing providers recognising the digital switchover as a driver for upgrading plans. However, as the results from this survey reveal, there is concern that they will not all meet this deadline. It’s therefore important the sector takes every step to urgently become ‘digi-ready’”.