As a partnership with Deafkidz International, nWise is setting up South Africa’s first video relay service (VRS), to enable deaf kids in rural areas to call Childline’s support service. Right now, interpreters from eDEAF are being educated in how to use MMX, so that they are ready for the launch of the service next week.
Swedish media have been criticized after the terror attack on April 7th, when a lorry drove through a crowded shopping street midday in Stockholm central, killing five people. The reporting was lacking sign language interpreting and the deaf community have demanded that authorities look into their routines in crisis situations.
Accessibility is the keyword for the paradigm shift that’s currently taking place in the health care in Sweden as well as globally. The digitalization is only one tool to help us get there. All people, no matter their disability, have the right to equal health care. That’s why it’s nWise’s mission to provide the Swedish health care system with platforms of availability to achieve total communication.
Norway introduces new health care technology that allows patients to spend less time at the hospital. User says they feel safer, freer and more independent.
Sweden is lacking medical interpreters which is problematic both for patients and hospitals. For many languages, there are no professional translators at all in the field, meanwhile the demand is rapidly increasing.
NHS and health IT leaders in the UK gathered for the second Kings Fund roundtable in February to discuss the future of technology in the UK health care. One big takeaway was that digital literacy in the medical workforce needs to be improved.
Thailand’s Telecommunication Relay Service is helping users with hearing and visual disabilities to communicate through video and text translation, using MMX. It has been brought up as an example of accessibility in the UN’s Economic and Social Development for Asia and the Pacific report.
Can you make a telephone call to any person or organisation whenever you want? Can you get an interpreter online via your video phone how and whenever you want to?
nWise was invited to make a presentation during the coming World Deaf Congress in November 2017, in Budapest to talk about Video Relay Services.
nWise are proud to announce that our contact person at contactSCOTLAND, Irene Bruce, has been listed on the New Year’s Honours list. This list is a part of the British honours system where new members of orders of chivalry and other official honours are named. This awards is presented by or in the name of the Queen and is for the MMX based VRS service contactSCOTLAND.
nWise’s Jennie Gehlin held a presentation about Accessibility and Participation in Practice at the MVTe-fair at Kistamässan, Stockholm.
On January 24th it was time for the MVTe-fair and conference at Kistamässan, Stockholm. Many of the leading developers within e-health and welfare technology were on stage to inspire and showcase new ways of working and show good examples for of welfare technology. It was also an opportunity for the municipalities of Sweden to get together for networking, meet suppliers and to share experiences.
A visitor at the International Blind and Deaf Expo in Florida made his first phone call in Sign Language using a VRS service. With the help of a trilingual interpreter, he was able to call his Spanish speaking mother and see her responses in English on screen.
New technology at Cleveland police department and Leicestershire police allows deaf community to be in direct contact with police in emergency situations.
Accessability to police is now a reality for those who are deaf, deafened, deaf blind, heard of hearing or prefer using sign language in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland police department has invested in new technology that will help the deaf community to call the police using a video service to call an interpreter that will translate sign language to an officer.
MMX 7 is seeing the lights this winter. Among the new features, it includes the much anticipated HD-quality for video calls, a more user friendly statistic interface, improved functionality for call back feature, new web text application with real-time text (RTT) for deaf and hard-of-hearing, and much more. It’s the latest development from nWise that will support your organisation to become even more accessible.
Young doctors in Sweden think that access to patient data everywhere and at any time should be a matter of course. This according to a survey among young doctors in Sweden. The survey also shows that young doctors are very positive to digital tools in general and are prepared to meet colleagues, experts and other health care professionals through video conferencing, instant messaging and email.
Since the end of 2015, nWise is following the work performed by the DWA. Our first contact was at the end of 2015, when we made a contribution including two computers in order to facilitate their work. Our goal was to pay for their internet connect, but we soon realized that obtaning an internet connection was not that simple for the DWA, and also that they needed funds to finance their work.
Both patients and medical staff in a recent Swedish eHealth project found that video calls are equivalent or even better than home visits by health care staff. That’s one of the findings in the project “Connected for Health” aimed at demonstrating the viability of a system that runs on any of several networks and allows for adding eHealth solutions from third party vendors.
Visitors at the Blind and Deaf Expo in Orlando got the opportunity to try a new VRS Service and describes the experience as “empowering” and a “tremendous boost”. One particular call inspired many – Cheryl, who is deafblind, was able to order pizza through the phone on her own. Something she’s never been able to do before.
Systematic digitizing of the Swedish healthcare system using existing technology can reduce healthcare costs by billions, according to a recent report from consulting company McKinsey. By reducing costs, Sweden could save a total of 180 billion Swedish kronor (US$ 20 billion) by 2025. The report also states that increased use of technology can improve healthcare quality and quality standards for both patients and staff.
Åsa Regnér, the minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality in Sweden, held a speech about e-health during a state visit at Charité University Hopspital, Berlin. Regnér named nWise and the EU-initiated project in Hudiksvall, as an example how Sweden is taking part in finding new digital solutions in how e-health can improve the social services.
Bildtelefoni.net re-launched their service on the 1st of July this year with their new world leading technology developed by nWise. Bildtelefoni.net interpret calls between people that are hearing and people that are hard of hearing or deaf. The service is available 24/7 and the new technology makes it possible to make calls straight from your browser, Skype and Bildtelfoni.net, and through the Bildtelefoni.net apps on tablets and smartphones. During the peak hours more than 15 interpreters can be working at the same time and the estimated call minutes for the service are 100 000 a month. Bildtelefoni.net is procured by the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) and the present vendor is Evantia Group.
Lowering the workload of the specialist care and a better quality of life for the patients. That is the result of the COPD project. A project that takes a holistic approach on technology, processes and business models. The project has also led to a new profession: healthcare provider. The first phase, involving ten COPD patients at the Karolinska University Hospital, is now completed. The second phase started this September and includes 100 patients from several Swedish counties.
This year’s MMX® Days was held three weeks ago and gave the participants from all over the globe the opportunity to gather for sharing ideas and knowledge, but also to network. On the podium there were speakers from Bildtelefoni.net, L1 Brasil, Sighhealth, MFD and Ratshuda College, where all delivered exciting topics around the theme “Accessibility”. nWise presented the next generation of MMX® and the participants took part in workshops and panel discussions.
We’re thrilled to announce that InterpreterNow, our partner in the UK and owned by SignHealth, is shortlisted in the Third Sector Awards as Digital Innovation of the Year at the in UK.
i-CREATe (International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology) is arranged for the 10th year in a row I Asia. The goal with i-CREATe is to provide a platform for practitioners, caregivers/end-users, researchers/academics, policy makers and industry actors, where they can interact and share knowledge about rehabilitation and assistive technology.
nWise are proud sponsors of the Swedish team in the World Deaf Football Championships in Italy.
Last week, nWise patricipated in the Nordic Workshop connected to eHealth week in Amsterdam. The invitation came from the Ministry of Social Affairs, the eHealth authority and Swecare, with the focus on eHealth. A very instructive and rewarding day.
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