Revolution or Evolution
Technology in the care sector

Health + Care finished last week and we are slowly picking up on some of the notes that we made regarding digitisation of care - with a special focus on how technologies help pave the way for a better and more effective care sector.

During his panel presentation, titled Revolution or Evolution – Technology in the care sector, Co-Founder Eric Kihlstrom of KareInn urged providers to act on 3 focus points when assessing their many tech opportunities: 

1) Be curious and stop firefighting

2) Be collaborative and partner up

3) Have trust (in suppliers?)

It was an interesting debate, and although chair of the event Sharon Blackburn did her absolute best to point questions the right way, none were asked to the only supplier in the panel. A potential question being what role and responsibility all suppliers have in KarenInn's eyes - to help social care out of its' imminent crisis? However, the debate's timeslot was limited and time ran out before there was a chance to asked the question.

Director of Innovation and Delivery, Ed Russell of WCS Care, (scoring their sixth "Outstanding" this week) explained how WCS use tech in many aspects of care; the most interesting being that of Acoustic monitoring reducing night checks and falls, eventually providing the residents with less disturbance and a better sleep. 

Dr Jane Townson of Somerset Care really hit the nail on the head with her statement: "Gadgets - so what?". In her - and what seemed to be the predominant panel view - tech is a great enabler, but people and culture come first. Real needs are at the bottom of any tech implementation at Somerset care homes, where structure assists driving the benefit of going digital up. 

Dr Townson's unwavering focus on "it's what we do with the output that matters" serves as a great perspective for the whole debate around the use of technology in the care sector. By turning the focus from the single device onto big data and knowing where to focus future effort. By simply overlooking a dashboard showing management where to start working, managers and staff alike can start to leverage the possibilities technology into improved care for the residents.

How digitalisation supports
decision-making in a care home

Every day managers are facing many decisions. Some easier than others. Digitalisation has the potential to greatly help the process by providing pieces of information that might not be available in a more paper-based care home.

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Excessive paperwork is a
double burden for care homes

Understanding how the current paper-based routines look at any given care home, makes us wonder what this is all about. How so much time has come to be allocated to documentation has its reasons and own course. Meanwhile, a lot of time is consumed producing more negativity and constraints than promoting actually improved care outcomes.

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Scandinavian NFPs use
digital for quality improvements

In both Sweden and Denmark charities such as the Mary Homes and Stora Sköndal have made the switch from paper documentation to digital care planning. Using their data for both quality and efficiency enhancements makes their services more personalised, building on their respective beliefs and organisational visions.

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