A Surrey Care Association (SCA) White Paper has set out the case for the adoption of digital care technology.

The Impact of going Digital in Care follows a discussion by 15 senior members of the SCA at a round table sponsored by care home management software provider Cura Systems.

SCA Chief Executive Erica Lockhart said: “It’s been so useful to get around the table with everyone. We are proud to be continually working with our membership to evolve their processes and share best practice. We hope this White Paper will be useful for all providers of social care nationwide.”

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The roundtable included technologists, social care professionals, residential and domiciliary and learning disabilities care providers.

The discussion found that staff at participants who used technology spent between  5 and 15% of their time on administration tasks compared with between 20 and 25% to those using paper based systems, leaving more time for care.

Participants also concluded that providers who have adopted technology had fewer errors and greater transparency so that their quality of care improved.

The White Paper also suggests online training care may be able to reduce staff costs by employing fewer highly skilled care workers to provide the same level of care.

Technology was also highlighted as a means of engaging the community through the use of shared Apps.

The potential for predictive analysis through the use of Artificial Intelligence to aid fall’s prevention was also discussed.

The White Paper also highlights an inconsistent approach from the CQC towards technology.

Erica commented: “Andrea Sutcliffe actively promotes technology – but maybe this needs to be encouraged throughout the CQC team.”

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