Leading care technology supplier, Access Group, has launched an online hub to help care providers identify and monitor people showing symptoms of COVID-19.
The tech supplier, which works with more than 8,000 registered care providers, has also introduced a number of new features to its existing software packages to help combat the spread of the virus.
Steve Sawyer, managing director of Access Health & Social Care, (pictured) said: “We are aware of how challenging a time this is for everyone working in the care sector, as well as the family and friends of care workers and those receiving care, but we hope that these changes and support will be helpful during these challenging times.”
The Access Care Planning platform can be used to create new, specialist COVID-19 observation forms and also add related checks and observations for all care workers to complete in their home care visits.
The data from these observations, captured via the Access Care Planning mobile app by carers, instantly feeds into existing data enabling managers to report on both individuals and all clients collectively, to help identify those showing signs of infection and also trace who that person has recently been in contact with.
By identifying who the original point of contact has also been in contact with, care providers can take any actions stipulated by NHS and Public Health England guidelines, including asking people to self-isolate.
Similar functionality has also been added to Access Care and Clinical, Medication Management and Access People Planner, to help providers do all they can to control COVID-19 in all of their care services.
Additional products launched by the supplier include: a free support pack offering practical advice; automated hand washing checklists for carers; free remote setup of ‘next of kin’ access to Access Care Planning while loved ones’ are self-isolating or social distancing; and four months free subscription to Access EarlyPay for new customers granting care workers instant access to earned income.