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What are the best tech tools for care home management?

04/09/2017
Posted by: Jennah Dearden

While many sectors are under threat from the growth of robotics, AI and automation, care will rely on the services of humans for the foreseeable future. It’s highly unlikely that any sort of technology – no matter how developed – will ever replace the compassion, empathy and understanding between care home providers and nurses and those who are care home dependent. However, that’s not to say that the tech revolution can’t benefit the sector in some ways, but what are the best tech tools for care home managers?

SystmOne

SystmOne is a pioneering clinical system which has a revolutionary vision of ‘one patient, one record’ and allows for care homes to deliver truly integrated care. Using the programme, health care workers can access a single source of information which contains records of any time a patient has come into contact with the health service at any point in their life. Any health professional can enter and access information and records should contain information on every allergy, appointment, medication and medical contact a patient has ever had.

CareDocs

CareDocs is a home-based management system designed for residential and nursing care homes. The programme has been designed for care home owners by care home owners and offers all the features that are required to ensure the smooth running of a home. It provides a quick and easy way to carry out comprehensive assessments and allows for professionals to access fully personalised care plans in mere minutes. In addition, there are a host of other features that can reduce your day-to-day tasks and allow you to monitor outstanding issues.

Possum (EAT)

Possum’s Electronic Assistive Technology (or EAT as it’s known) can play a critical role in achieving a balance of supportive care and independence for care home residents and patients. The firm’s technology essentially improves all round quality of life for individuals within care homes. Rooms are equipped with a range of assistive technology on desktops, mobiles or specific systems that allows for residents to control their own lighting, make telephone calls, communicate easily with carers and relatives, open and close curtains, release a door, change the TV channel and much more. Homes that do adopt the technology report improved quality of patient lives across the board and the systems are becoming increasingly popular with care home owners and managers.

Berendsen - RFID tags

More than 80% of care homes report that they have lost or misplaced items and one in ten say this is a frequent occurrence. At the same time, one in seven homes believe that their current in-house laundry set up is ineffective. For these reasons, Berendsen has developed robust electronic tagging and scanning systems that ensure every item in the laundering process is fully traceable, which removes the often time-consuming process of attaching labels to each and every item and frees up your team to spend more time with patients.

NurseBuddy

This programme can best be described as versatile. NurseBuddy assists homes by helping them to build client-centred and holistic care plans, create and schedule staff rosters, manage mobile check in/outs for visits and provides a whole range of analysis and reporting tools that can allow managers to ensure they’re getting value for money. It’s not flawless, but the wide range of functions and the fact that they’re all integrated into one programme, can go a long way and can make a huge difference to leaders.

What other tools can care homes adopt to drive further efficiency and improve quality of patient care?

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