EDITOR ’ S QUESTION
HOW IMPORTANT IS EMBRACING DIGITAL INNOVATION WITHIN HEALTHCARE TO ALLEVIATE PRESSURE WITHIN THE INDUSTRY ?
Tunstall Healthcare and the County Councils Network ( CCN ) have launched a brand-new report which argues that the potential of technology to support those with social care needs is growing ‘ exponentially ’ each year .
This new report follows the 2021 report , Employing Assistive Technology in Adult Social Care , and looks
Digital Transformation can hugely benefit care users , from allowing more independence to widening understanding around condition management and reducing anxiety . the right devices and technology into people ’ s homes and how we can support an ageing population with a stretched workforce .”
In the report , Tunstall and CCN detail a strategic pathway in the adoption of digital technologies effectively into the care sector , from enabling local authorities to ensuring smooth delivery of care and embedding this change for good .
Practical steps recommended in the report include :
• Not underestimating the time it takes to embed change
• Thinking about what good procurement processes look like from a market perspective
• Working in partnership with providers to deliver effective TEC and data-led practice into the impact of digital technology on adult social care , as well as the importance of implementing digital change across the care landscape .
As well as transforming services , the report finds that Digital Transformation can hugely benefit care users , from allowing more independence to widening understanding around condition management and reducing anxiety .
Gavin Bashar , Managing Director of Tunstall UK & I , added : “ The adoption of digital technology has great potential to contribute to the smooth running of adult social care services as we look to the new government reforms for the care sector . This new report provides a summary of some of the benefits offered by care technology as well as practical suggestions for the implementation of these changes .”
“ This report is the natural sibling of our previous work with Tunstall in 2021 ,” said Simon Edwards , Director of the CCN . “ Perhaps , most importantly , this piece discusses how we get the right care to the right people ,
We further explore this topic in our Editor ’ s Question , where we ask experts about how digital innovations can be used to alleviate pressure across the healthcare sector . . . .
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