Four leading technology providers have launched a Care Home of the Future campaign to help the care home sector use more digital services. The aim is to support a move towards a stronger future post-COVID-19.
Ascom UK, Person Centred Software, ATLAS eMAR and PainChek are joining together to help care home owners and staff embrace more digital technology, saying that digital is proven to increase cost-effectiveness of care, improve outcomes and help with workforce issues. The group will also raise awareness of the benefits of putting technology at the heart of care.
The campaign launches at an exceptionally challenging time for the sector – with high PPE costs, reduced occupancy levels and increased barriers to the outside world.
The Care Home of the Future campaign is backed by Vic Rayner, Executive Director of the National Care Forum, and Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, who will be part of the launch event in a webinar on 24th June.
Vic said, 'COVID-19 has shown us that good digital infrastructure and tools are essential. Where they were already in place, the transition to remote monitoring, consultation and support was swift and, in many cases, very effective. The digital divide has been laid bare, and we need to ensure that our future focus and vision for care homes – for people, providers and government – is to rapidly build bridges and support, which enable all care homes to have in place the core architecture that enables a state of digital readiness for whatever happens next.'
Martin added, 'Technology offers the opportunity for the care sector to move into the 21st Century and to deliver better outcomes for the people that we support, as well as reducing the burden on staff and improving efficiency.'
With 70% of care homes still reliant on paper systems, the campaign organisers believe integrated, best-in-class technology must be central to their operation.
They have identified three stages to becoming a Care Home of the Future:
1. The initial digitisation process and implementing a digital system.
2. Joining up care by integrating with best-in-field specialists to enable continuity of care. This is across care settings from primary to secondary to residential, and back into secondary.
3. Transforming care through data accessibility, incisive analysis and the ability to provide predictive and preventative care.
The webinar discussion will take place on Wednesday 24th June at 1.15pm. Care home owners are invited to join the talk, which will focus on ‘Where are you on your digital journey?’. It will be led by Vic Rayner, Executive Director of the National Care Forum, Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, and Ernie Graham, owner of Graham Care Homes. Register to attend on Zoom.