Social care software providers are enabling care providers across the country to record and track COVID-19 symptoms in their staff and service users.
The Care Software Providers Association (CASPA), said its members have recorded data from 15% of the home care market and 30% of the residential care sector, with more software providers joining weekly, updating their systems accordingly to support the research.
By embedding the recording of COVID-19 infections into the daily workflow of their customers, CASPA said social care organisations are provided with an understanding of potential staff shortages faced due to infection, and are able to gain this information with virtually no additional burden on already stretched staff.
CASPA was launched in March 2019 to represent the views and interests of social care software providers whilst promoting advances in the flow of digital information across social care, to allow more openness and transparency.
Founded by Person Centred Software, everyLIFE Technologies and Nourish Care, the association is independent and not-for-profit.
The association lobbies parties outside social care to improve digital information flow between social care and other parts of the public sector, the NHS in particular.
In addition, it creates standards, such as those for electronic information transfer, where such standards do not currently exist.