To unlock the power of digital technology, the NHS has launched an £8 million Digitising Social Care Fund intended to help scale up adoption of digital social care records within the care sector, to adopt technologies that help prevent falls and make sure providers have appropriate high speed internet.
Approximately 30% of social care providers are partially digitised, with a further 30% still using entirely paper based systems. Digital transformation can dramatically improve the quality and safety of care, with real time data integrated into the NHS. 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, such as acoustic monitoring, could reduce falls in care homes by 20% or more, importantly, these falls cost the NHS over £2 billion a year.