A Nottinghamshire care provider has launched a new pilot scheme to demonstrate how technology can detect and prevent deterioration in those receiving care at home.
Fosse Healthcare’s Early Deterioration in Home Care Project aims to bridge the gap between home care and primary care professionals to help them make earlier, robust decisions.
To achieve this, the provider has teamed up with Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG and care technology platform Birdie to develop a workflow process.
At the heart of this process, detailed observations are made by trained Fosse care staff – including blood pressure and respiration rate, for example – which are shared digitally with the care recipient’s GP using technology developed for the project by Birdie, to decide what clinical or care support they may require.
Fosse Healthcare managing director Volt Sacco said: “Fosse and the CCG both wanted to understand the implications of developing a system which could be adopted throughout the industry, and used to connect care providers with GPs, emergency services and the NHS to proactively identify and treat ‘soft signs’ of deterioration before they become a larger medical concern.
“We believe that with the right tools and technology we can address potential health risks in the early stages, which we project would have a huge impact on the costs and pressure currently being experienced within the Health & Social Care System. Already, despite the pilot still being in its infancy, the benefits of this new process are apparent, and feedback from participating clients and care staff has been overwhelmingly positive.”
The pilot was officially launched within the Newark branch of Fosse Healthcare on March 10 and affects approximately 150 consenting care recipients.
It will run for up to six months to give the academic partners enough time to undertake their evaluations.
Dr Malte Gerhold, chief integrated care officer at Birdie, said: “This project is a powerful example for how digital care technology can enable new ways of collaboration between social and health care professionals, and improve the lives of older people in Newark.
“We believe that home care has immense potential to support the NHS to provide better quality care at home and in the community, and we are excited to be part of this collaboration.”