Advances in communication and technology are enabling new ideas and innovations to come to life. From health, to automotive, to finance, big industries are seeing a shift in how they operate and function.
Improvements in health and social care from modern technology offers us all huge benefits, as these technologies are helping provide us and our loved ones with improved integrated care and better prevention from illness.
In the last few years, technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence have illustrated the potential role they can play in health care. Such technology offers hospitals and health professionals predictive capabilities that will help provide enhanced services. Genome Sequencing is also emerging as a future pillar of health, being able to better understand how diseases affect us differently, and how best to subsequently manage this. But as well as these big concepts that may still be a few years away from reaching complete integration, there are technologies already used and leveraged by many health professionals that are showcasing how to save time, improve communication, and offer a better service for individuals.
Let’s take care homes for example – many are finding themselves being able to offer more effective services by utilising technology already available.
Keeping Electronic Records in Care Homes
Care records have always been a vital part of care homes. Recording key metrics from a resident’s day helps those in care understand how best to continue with medications, rehabilitation, and general care.
Electronic record keeping in care homes has proved to be a simple, but pivotal move for many care homes, that find it easier and more effective to use the records for the resident’s benefit. Traditional pen and paper is timely, prone to mistakes, and hard to distribute and share. Care home software overcomes these challenges of traditional record keeping and helps those working in care homes record key information, quickly and conveniently.
Going forward, the ability for care homes and other health providers to not only record traditional resident information and data, but also include the experiences and feelings of service users, means the UK can start to collate incredibly useful and worthwhile information about long-term care and understand it from all angles. Digital record keeping means inputting, analysing and sharing vast amounts of quantitative and qualitative data, on both a micro and macro level, that can be utilised and leverage for patient benefit.
Digital records also help support a concept known as “connected health” – a term used to describe technology enabled care. By having data that is easier to access for both health professionals and service users, everyone feels more empowered and confident in the care they are receiving. By enabling everyone to become “connected” to the information and data, it helps ensure everyone is getting the care they require.
New devices, such as smartphones and tablets, means recording this data also becomes much easier. Carers don’t need to spend hours a day in paperwork and repetitive tasks – instead, they can concentrate on what they do best, caring for service users. Smart devices can be carried with them and filled out conveniently, and automatically being saved and shared in secure systems. This also enables point of care recording in real time.
Benefits of Keeping Electronic Records
Electronic records in care homes provides specific advantages, including:
- Security of Data – Data can be stored in secure web applications and systems to help protect personal data.
- Better Access to Data – residents and carers can access key data, even remotely, allowing for a more efficient service.
- Person Centred Care – By sharing the data more freely with residents, it empowers them and encourages them to be more involved in the management and decisions affecting their care.
- Improve Diagnosis and Treatment – The more data that’s recorded, and shared, helps professionals spot patterns or key insights, that can help them make important decisions. This is particularly useful for patients with chronic illnesses. Specialists may also be able to quickly analyse data and make recommendations.
- Improved Communication – Carers, residents and patient family members, can all contribute and communicate ideas and data to help illustrate how current care is going and potential changes going forward.
- Save Time and Money – Digital technology such as electronic record keeping helps care homes save time, resources and money.
- Resident Empowerment – Residents feel more empowered and engaged with the health care system.
- Care Coordination – Care for the elderly or disabled often involves combing the efforts of lots of different types of health professionals and carers. Electronic record keeping helps coordinate all the different providers involved much easier.
Recording Keeping in Care Homes
Electronic record keeping is only the start for how care homes can embrace technology to save them time and money. As new innovations develop, and new technologies emerge, care homes are likely to continue to see benefits for their staff and their residents.
As healthcare changes with new technology, the importance that digital care records can save hospitals and emergency services valuable resources and time, means supporting care and social home efficiencies through technology can have widespread benefits across all health services.
If you’d to learn more about the best care home software as well as discuss about how to leverage new technologies in your care home, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our expert team can help ensure you are maximising all the best features and capabilities with digital record keeping as well as supporting you through future technology evolutions.
If you would like to find out more about how the CareDocs system can benefit your care home, please get in touch with a member of our friendly team today.