Data Café: The Power of Data in improving Care Quality
Date: Wednesday 24 August 2022
Published on behalf of the Digitising Social Care programme, which is part of a joint Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and Improvement unit within the NHS Transformation Directorate.
Drawing on this investment, we are making a total of £25 million available to Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) in 2022/23 to support adult social care providers to adopt technologies that can transform care.
Digital transformation can dramatically improve the quality and safety of care, with real time data being shared across the NHS and social care. This ensures people receive the right care, at the right time, and the right people have access to the information they need.
The use of innovative care technologies can tackle some of the most common and avoidable causes of admissions to acute care. For example, sensor-based falls prevention technologies are projected to significantly reduce the impact of falls, which cost an estimated £4.4 billion a year. But we still have a long way to go in achieving widespread digitisation: only 45% of social care providers have any form of digital care records and over 60% of care homes are still using internet connections that will not support full digital transformation.
The funding announced in June as part of the Plan for Digital Health and Care will enable the scaling of digital social care technology across England. ICS teams are working with local authorities and care providers in their area to develop plans to:
The NHS Transformation Directorate’s Digitising Social Care programme has the aim of significantly increasing digitisation within social care. Alongside supporting the adoption of care technologies the programme will work with ICS to build an evidence base, develop implementation guidance for care providers and assure supplier solutions. Further information and support can be found on the Digital Social Care website.
In the coming weeks more information will be shared through the Digital Social Care website to let care providers know how they can access funding.
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