A first-of-its-kind online support tool designed for health and social care professionals is being rolled out by software solutions provider Desuto.
The Desuto tool helps health and social care professionals make decisions in compliance with the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and best practice standards.
Mike Hostick, CEO of Desuto, said: “The Desuto team is made up of medical, nursing and therapy practitioners from the fields of health and social care that understand the needs of patients and professionals.
“This has allowed us to develop an intelligent solution that is aimed at the services providing care to individuals with conditions such as learning disabilities, dementia or mental health problems.
“It ensures that the correct decisions are made and provides users with the confidence that they will be able to apply the guidance in real life situations.”
Best-interest decisions are simplified which in turn alleviates the risk of deprivation of liberty for those concerned. The tool delivers rapid and accurate guidance to provide peace-of-mind for professionals.
The tool includes an automatic report function, which generates a detailed, professionally written report that is produced in a fraction of the time it would take to write by hand in order to deliver efficiencies.
This in turn frees up time to deliver hands on care and helps to reduce human error. The technology also delivers auditing capabilities to produce charts showing the use of the tools and the type of decisions being made by staff members. It is compatible with mobile devices ensuring that it can be used at all times and from any location such as a person’s home, or in a care setting.
Mike added: “Desuto developed the technology as a result of becoming more and more aware that many people within the care profession, who are often under great time pressure, were struggling to understand or apply MCA.
“There’s been overwhelming demand in the market for the tool with 10,000 reports generated during the trial. We are confident that the Desuto decision support tool will empower health and social care organisations across the UK to make appropriate and timely decisions on behalf of their patients or clients. Our primary goal is to ensure that the technology allows care teams to provide care based on values of fairness, respect, equality and dignity.”