Faced with increasing demand for services and tightening budgets, commissioners and providers expect digital technology to play a significant role in the transformation of healthcare services.
The push to harness the opportunities digital technology can provide, be it scaling services to reach more people or enabling new models of care, is supported by a pull from consumers: 75% of us go online to research our health and 70% of people over 50 want to use digital healthcare services.
Telecare is central to this digital push. Research suggests that local authorities using telecare in a targeted way can save £3m to £7.8m. For the NHS, savings can be made as a result of early intervention and preventing crisis.
Organisations commissioning and providing services are now looking at how best to move to digital telecare, using standard operating platforms such as IOS and Android to deliver services, bringing truth to the much used term ‘interoperable’. But to realise results significant changes need to be made.
Brain in Hand has helped organisations move to providing digital support to people with mental health conditions, autism and learning difficulties. Organisations typically see annual savings of £4,500 per individual, and users report a reduction in anxiety and greater independence, transforming their quality of life. Here are our top five recommendations for success:
Although mobile phones are now ‘part of the furniture’, the use of assistive technology within support organisations is very much in its infancy. Early adopters are starting to see the benefits of integrating technology into support operations to effectively deliver greater independence.
Paul Allis, Business Development Director, Brain in Hand