Care home professionals are drowning in paperwork and keen to move towards mobile digital solutions, according to a new survey, but almost four out of every five workers are still grappling with paper-based systems,
Advanced Health & Care, a specialist in mobile point of care IT solutions, asked 103 care home professionals from small, medium and large organisations, how they access and record information.
79% of organisations are still using paper records, with 73% of workers spending time at the end of their shift updating them.
The desire to move towards digital solutions is overwhelming; with 92% saying they would be happy to use a mobile device as part of their role and 85% saying they needed mobile technology.
Among care homes where mobile solutions have been deployed, 86% felt they improved their working day, cutting out unnecessary administration and freeing up more time to focus on delivering quality care.
“It is clear that frontline staff recognise the many other benefits that [mobile] technology could bring, but the care sector is still lagging behind other industries by not investing in mobile software. However, with an aging population set to create even more demands in the sector, this is not a sustainable approach to delivering quality care of the future,” says George Thaw, managing director, Advanced Health & Care.