With the very rapid adoption of digital tools across social care, it’s important that such transformation leads to better outcomes for people receiving care, and improved information flows supporting those who support them with social care and health services.
Given the complexity of the sector, digital transformation can deliver very significant gains in terms of reducing need for double entry of data onto different systems, and can lead to improvements in patient safety as a result of better, more timely data gathering and sharing across those who need to know in the context of integrated care.
Digital Social Care (DSC) and the Care Software Providers Association (CASPA) have launched a set of principles that, if implemented at scale, will enable digital transformation to take place while ensuring that the impact for people receiving care and care teams is significantly positive.
The principles state that Digital Systems being rolled out to Social Care Providers and their Interoperability must be:
- Focussed on each person receiving care
- Intuitively integrated in the operational workflow
- A time saver and not lead to duplication of effort
- Able to share information and report appropriately
- Inclusive of social care providers and people receiving care in decision-making processes
Both entities endorsed these principles and will be working with key stakeholders across social care to secure wide endorsement.
DSC is working in partnership with NHS Digital and NHSX to support the digital journey of adult social care providers in England, and improve the quality of care.
CASPA is a UK based independent, not-for-profit association focused on maximising the use of digital technology to improve the quality of care in social care and has been instrumental in showcasing electronic transfer of care information between social care and the NHS. CASPA strives to implement legislation and regulatory guidelines within the industry where such standards do not currently exist.
Membership is available to companies involved in the provision of software to the care sector. Members of CASPA benefit from having a central point of contact on issues facing the industry, and the association will represent members when bringing suggestions to the government and other industry bodies.
For further information on membership and CASPA, please visit caspa.care.