How and why Life Lines began

Life Lines was set up by a team comprising of Professor Louise Rose, a Professor of Critical Care Nursing at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care, King's College London, Dr Joel Meyer, a critical care consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’, and Michel Paquet, who developed aTouchAway™ and is the CEO of Aetonix.

Dr Joel Mayer (left) and Prof Louise Rose (right) with tablets from the first delivery to support families, patients and clinical teams[Pictured right: Dr Joel Meyer (left) and Prof Louise Rose (right) with tablets from the first delivery to support families, patients and clinical teams]

The project has been developed by a unique partnership of clinicians, academics, companies and charities who have shared expertise and resources to help patients and families stay connected.

Partners in this project include: King’s College London, King’s Health Partners, the True Colours Trust, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, Bray Leino, Google and BT.

Initial seed funding of £1 million has been provided by the True Colours Trust and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. Our partner Google has provided £1.165 million funding to continue to deliver the Life Lines mission.

BT has collaborated with its tech partners Google, Samsung and MobileIron to provide Life Lines with a large number of 4G-enabled tablets secured by Android Enterprise, which come loaded with aTouchAway™. To enable the connectivity to support Life Lines, BT can also provide ICUs with a 4G Wi-Fi hub which can be installed by clinicians themselves.