Over the next few weeks, this timely weekly blog will bring into focus the digital and tech development developments being implemented in this time of crisis. For digital development at Care England and for Digital Social Care (www.digitalsocialcare) the past few weeks have been a steep learning curve, and I will delve into how digital has changed the nature of how we, in social care, support people to achieve quality in their lives. The COVID 19 crisis has been a call to action for everyone involved in health and social care, and its onset has awakened the creative nature of many people and organisations.
The theme of this first blog is connectivity and future blogs will cover such subjects as remote monitoring, care planning, security and the use of data. I would be delighted to hear from you, the readers, of any topics that you feel should be addressed. Click here to read more.
2. Data in the Time of Pandemic
Data collection has become a major political issue during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the early part of this crisis the only meaningful figures everyone knew for certain were the number of deaths of COVID-19-positive people who had died in hospital. It was soon realised that these gave only a partial picture of the real situation. Since then we have gradually gained greater insight via the ONS figures, some figures which the NHS is releasing and from improved data collection in the care sector. For the data at hand to have real impact there needs to be greater coordination and engagement with providers on what data should be collected and for what purposes.
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3. Digital Transformation in Care _ A leap of faith or a considered agent for value creation?
To embrace the power of digital transformation in care needs a blind leap of faith … or does it?
For many years now it has been clear that digital innovation creates value in two main areas, as Martin Green CEO of Care England says:
“technology can improve the quality of life and outcomes for people and improve productivity … [It] can be used to create a real-time picture of service quality so that [there is] a … clear audit trail on … quality outcomes …”.
It has long been my reasoning that the value of digital transformation in care is that it creates value in the quality of people’s lives and in the productivity of care organisations (the bottom line). In a recent conversation with care software providers they also include the fact that reduction of risk is a major plus of digital transformation, because it is the key to the financial and operational sustainability of care organisations.
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