The population in Hong Kong is ageing, and the number of older people with chronic conditions will continue to grow. In this relation, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust has adopted a proactive approach to strengthen the support for senior citizens, and has earmarked over HK$340 million to carry out the five-and-a-half-year “Jockey Club Community eHealth Care Project” (“the Project”). Launched in 2016, the Project adopts an innovative approach to promote preventive healthcare among the elderly and empower them in health management. It is the first city-wide elderly care support project which integrates digital health management technology, community care and professional support. The project partners include Jockey Club Institute of Ageing and The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (“CUHK”), Senior Citizen Home Safety Association and various Non-governmental Organisations (“NGOs”).
Primary care for elderly through community support and digital health
The Project aims to empower elderly centres to identify and address the health and social needs of older people, encourage self-management of chronic conditions through telecare and nursing support, and motivate adoption of healthy lifestyle through equitable and accessible digital health technology. Health related data will be gathered and aggregated for data analytics and building up of data source on elderly health and social needs.