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Council set to save £250K per year in home care costs through new tech partnership

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Dorset Council is expected to save £250,000 a year by implementing new technology that enables home care services users and newly-discharged patients to live independently for longer.

Lilli, a UK company using machine learning to revolutionise home care, is partnering with the council in a three-month pilot to identify the cost and time-savings in care provision that could be made through preventive intervention and reduced visits.

Dorset Council is piloting use of Lilli technology across five social care teams caring for 100 people in their homes. The aim is save front-line teams between three and five hours each week.

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The pilot also seeks to delay entry to residential care and reduce the number of crisis events affecting individual service-users.

So far, the pilot’s estimated results indicate that use of Lilli technology will result in annualised savings of 780 hours of occupational therapy time and cost savings of £250,000.

The results indicate Dorset Council can reduce the frequency of daily visits to newly-discharged patients, saving up to £4,000 per person annually. And by enabling someone to remain at home rather than go into residential care, the council could save more than £30,000 per year per person.

Lilli’s solution uses machine learning to analyse a range of data sources, such as temperature, motion, and power usage, creating algorithms specific to each user’s daily life in their home.

Whenever their behaviour indicates a possible deterioration in health or wellbeing, care teams are alerted, with follow-up interventions by GPs, district nurses or community rehabilitation teams as appropriate.

The solution detects deterioration without false positives, allowing clinicians to act preventively before more complex treatment is unavoidable.

Cllr Piers Brown, Lead Member for Health at Dorset Council, said: “We are pleased to partner with Lilli on this important pilot.

“It has the potential to improve provision across Dorset and our partner organisations in the NHS, making sure we are able to support people safely in their own homes and they can be discharged from hospital using the D2A (discharge to assess) pathway to support their ongoing recovery. We have a strong belief in focussing on what’s important to the people we support, looking at their strengths, what they can do rather than what they can’t, so we are tailoring the pilot around these themes.”

Nick Weston, chief commercial officer at Lilli, said: “Using this technology, over-stretched health and social care providers can intervene earlier while monitoring at a distance, reducing the need for hospital admissions or residential care and lowering costs. Tech will not replace care by humans, but it will improve it.”

The trial was facilitated through the Independent Future Group (IFG). Formed by Lilli, the IFG is a coalition of forward-thinking local authorities and professional care associations which aims to explore the further use of technology and help address the changing needs of care.

Tags : cost savingsDorset Councilhospital dischargesLilli technologypreventative care
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