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VinclesBCN app - winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge 2014

VinclesBCN is an app which helps at-risk elderly people, and their families and helpers, create collaborative care networks.

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It's amazing how smooth and seamless video-conferencing has changed how we communicate. Often patients are alone for long periods of time, and the connection through photo/video/skype is so meaningful. I love how a guest at the party is skyped in next to the cake :) The UI on this app seemed clean, but I also wonder about how that icon set would be understood by the 87 year old - in the video (better with sound off) it seemed as if what got his attention was the flashing icon - is there any data around this?

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Thanks for taking the time to view my post, James! Absolutely agree with you about how fascinating video-conferencing has changed how we communicate and how seamless and hassle-free it has made communication. Not sure about the data I'm afraid, very interesting point to consider though!  

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Hi Thouraya and James. Thanks for sharing this Thouraya! I like the idea of a collaborative network. In this case they are bringing together neighbors, family and professionals - health and social services. Funny they didn't mention friends. The intention is that all within the network would be able to collaborate and support each other. As a health care worker I see this as an ecosystem, and this tool might support and enrich the experiences of all in the system.
James I also wonder about the icons. The app looks to be in a very small trial now in Barcelona so probably no data yet. From personal experience with older folk, I notice that some adapt to using computers and tablets, while others really don't and their frustration then becomes disinterest. Do the patients you are referring to videoconference on their own, or is a hospital worker at the bedside assisting them?

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