Connect Digital Health & Care Award
Scotland has long been in the vanguard of adopting new technologies to improve health and social care provision. The Digital Health & Care Award will recognise some of the most outstanding examples of these projects and nominations should demonstrate:
- How the project/solution solves a particular organisational or patient problem
- What measurable benefits have there been to the organisation or the patient experience/wellbeing
- How the project/solution has introduced new or leading edge technology, created different ways of working or a shift in approach the benefits service users
Albyn Housing Society, NHS Highland, Robert Gordon University and The Data Lab – FIT Home: Fall Prediction in Social Housing
This project aims to develop an effective falls prediction system that can be installed in peoples’ homes. This system will help residents live well in their homes for longer, prevent hospital admissions and enable early discharge.
Data will be captured by a range of sensors installed in specially-designed, technology-enabled ‘Fit Homes’. FIT Home aims to develop housing solutions to enable people to live independently for longer - supporting them to make their own choices, providing a secure environment for them to live in and focusing on maintaining their wellness for as long as possible.
NHS National Services Scotland – Multidisciplinary Working – New Ways
The Local Intelligence Support Team (LIST), part of NHS-National Services Scotland, combined their specialist analytical and information skills with the knowledge of local staff, to help unlock the power of data.
LIST worked with a range of colleagues in Inverclyde, carried out four ‘week of care’ audits in a number of GP practices with the aim of testing if multidisciplinary working could free GP time to spend more time with patients with more complex health problems, while other health professionals working to their full level of competence would see more patients with simpler needs.
LIST provided the best evidence for local health and social care decisions. This helped NHS and local authority providers to deliver the best possible services to patients and service users in the most efficient way.
NHS National Services Scotland – SAS ePR
The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) electronic Patient Report (SAS ePR) is the digital transfer of on-scene clinical and supporting information from the Scottish Ambulance Service to GP practices and other specialist services to enable the provision of timely and high quality follow-on care.
Patient incident information is recorded on SAS mobile devices and transferred to NSS for onward transmission to service users, delivering important clinical information that previously had never been available.
SAS ePR is now providing information to 6 Health Boards, sending diabetes information to the national diabetes team and falls information to the Falls team in NHS Lanarkshire. The next planned phase of this project is to integrate this digital information into hospital A&E IT systems in advance of ambulance arrival at A&E departments.