Start-up seeks to transform social care with technology

London-based health start-up OnCare is aiming to transform social care having raised £550,000 through a seed investment round.

The business, which was grown out of the Founders Factory, in partnership with Aviva has been backed by investors, including Alex Chesterman, Simon Franks and the London Co-Investment Fund.

Alistair Cohen, CEO of OnCare, said: “Social care represents a huge opportunity, with £20bn spent in the sector every year and over 1.3 million care workers in the UK alone. For too long, social care has been subject to over-priced, poorly-designed software and we don’t believe that’s right.  With this investment, we can make sure that we support and strengthen social care in the UK and beyond, helping providers to use their money more efficiently and continue to provide an amazing service to our loved ones, and our future selves.”

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OnCare is already working with over 20 care agencies around the UK, replacing outdated paper-based processes in order to make care easier, cheaper, and more transparent.  Care workers save time through a dedicated reporting app enabling them to spend more time with their clients; care providers save money and can be more responsive to their needs of their clients through real-time alerts; and families stay close to their loved one’s care through SMS updates and a digitised view of the care records.

Alistair told CHP: “Right now we’re mainly focused on domiciliary care agencies, but would be applicable for a larger care home where the home needs to track specific time spent with each client.”

OnCare also helps care providers with their own GDPR compliance, by replacing unreliable paper-based records, stored across multiple locations and filing cabinets, with a single searchable, secure digital record-keeping system.

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