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‘Groundbreaking’ hub launched to help care providers prescribe tech for independent living

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A new hub has been launched to make it easier for health, care and housing professionals to prescribe technology that enables vulnerable people to live independently.

Described as “groundbreaking” by its inventors, the ProAssist hub will allow professionals to access a secure resource where products are accompanied by clinical observations, case studies, users guides, videos and information on local suppliers.

With a searchable database of over 10,000 products from more than 900 retailers, the UK-wide resource helps identify the options across a range of technologies, from the latest digital devices to simple aids.

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ProAssist also helps users navigate less common and emerging technologies and enables them to devise the optimal personalised solutions for their clients.

The resource has been created by the Digital Leaders Fund (DLF) in partnership with TSA, the national body for technology-enabled care (TEC) services. The partners are also supported by TEC firm Tunstall Healthcare.

It is free to use for a promotional period to allow prescribers to see the benefits of the hub in practice.

Clare Barber, who manages the DLF for Professionals programme, said: “We want prescribers to have the confidence to consider recommending items from a number of product categories, combining TEC with more traditional solutions.

“DLF ProAssist will enable the user to quickly produce proposals, case notes and reports to support their decisions. This will be the first central national resource of its type for professionals involved in assessing for independent solutions combining impartial information and advice and shared clinical feedback.”

Users can navigate the tool in a number of ways, including by functional need and by simple search, focusing more on outcomes.

Alyson Scurfield, Chief Executive of TSA, said: “We want to encourage greater involvement and faster adoption of TEC and this new tool will enable users to confidently engage with technology that can improve people’s lives. We believe it has the potential to help raise standards at the same time as speeding up people’s access to personalised tailored solutions that are right for them.”

Image credit: Tunstall Healthcare.

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