Dr Jamie Wilson
Every day we read a story about how the lack of at-home care facilities is putting pressure on the National Health Service; however, we hear little about the innovations trying to resolve the problem.
Jamie Wilson is striving to do the latter. His business, HomeTouch, helps families find trusted, vetted home carers in the nation’s capital so that they can leave hospital sooner.
Jamie is a former NHS doctor who founded the business after seeing first-hand the difficulty patients experience when trying to find reliable care at home. With responsive booking and localised availability of carers available through an online marketplace, HomeTouch can reduce bed blocking and facilitate earlier discharge, all at a lower cost than traditional care agencies.
After spending time in Silicon Valley and running memory clinics at Imperial College London, it became clear to Jamie that poor pay and working conditions were causing a breakdown in support at home, and that digital technology was not being fully exploited to the benefit of the national care system. That’s where HomeTouch came from.
As for carers, they have an app that allows them to respond to job enquiries and monitor their care activities. On average, the app raises their earnings by 75%.
Since its launch in early 2015, HomeTouch has grown to cover every London borough, and has secured backing from some of the UK’s leading technology investors and the UK government. A serial entrepreneur, Jamie is combining modern technology with pressing healthcare issues to build better lives for everyone involved.