Following pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic in care homes, Derbyshire health and care system partners are evaluating the impact of new digital monitoring technology that helps to detect the deterioration of care home residents to support care home staff with timely escalation.
Joined Up Care Derbyshire, the county’s Integrated Care System (ICS) which brings together health and social care organisations in Derbyshire, and the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN), the region’s innovation arm of the NHS working to test and spread innovative health and care solutions, are working with innovator Spirit Digital to introduce their remote monitoring platform, CliniTouch Vie, as part of a trial for Derbyshire care homes.
The platform is designed to identify early signs of deterioration in care home residents, enabling care home staff to escalate and communicate this in an appropriate and timely manner. Catching deterioration of care homes residents early can significantly improve resident outcomes and will create better ways of working for care home staff, making the most of their time and skills.
Leicester headquartered Spirit Digital’s remote monitoring platform, CliniTouch Vie, has been augmented with functionality to meet the specific needs of care home residents and staff. Using the platform, carers will take residents’ regular vital signs readings (including respirations, oxygen saturations, blood pressure, heart rate (pulse), temperature and assessment of their consciousness level including any new onset or worsening confusion) and answer personalised questions to identify changes in residents’ everyday wellbeing on a digital device. These readings are provided directly to specialist clinical staff who can then remotely connect with the care home staff to provide health and wellbeing advice for residents, and intervene when more urgent care is needed.
As part of the trial, an education and training portal will be provided for all care home staff using the technology. The evaluation will last 6 months and work has started with the early adopter care homes, with others being contacted through December and into the New Year. The results will be used to provide evidence as to whether a large-scale deployment of this digital approach would be beneficial to the health and care system in Derbyshire, the East Midlands and potentially nationally.
Dawn Atkinson, Head of the Derbyshire Digital Workstream, Joined Up Care Derbyshire says: “This project is an exciting opportunity to test and evaluate how a digital solution can help care home teams to feel more supported by health services as they monitor the health and wellbeing of their residents.
“We look forward to working with EMAHSN and Spirit Digital to test whether a digital platform can impact on the dual challenges of identifying deteriorating care home residents early, enabling care home staff to escalate residents to the correct and appropriate service, and providing a solution for Primary Care Networks to fulfil the ability to perform remote home rounds in a structured way. We aim to ensure high-quality, consistent care to residents within care homes whilst also ensuring the safety of residents, carers and clinicians.”
Simon Applebaum, Managing Director, Spirit Digital, concludes: “We have been working over the last few months to make this latest technology available to help the NHS with its COVID-19 response, and enhanced it to help medical teams quickly identify when a person exhibits health deterioration so they can intervene earlier. We are proud to be in a position to support both the NHS and vulnerable people in Derbyshire through the development of CliniTouch Vie specifically for care home residents and carers. Being able to identify early warning signs of deterioration and intervene accordingly is key to keeping people safe in their environment and prevent avoidable hospital admissions, critical in today’s environment.”
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Joined Up Care Derbyshire
Joined Up Care Derbyshire is made up of the following partners:
The organisation that commissions health services:
NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Organisations that provide commission and provide public services and social care:
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East Midlands Academic Health Science Network
The East Midlands AHSN is one of fifteen AHSNs nationwide (the AHSN Network), which operate as the innovation arm of the NHS. The AHSNs are commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement and the Office for Life Sciences to test and spread innovation to help the NHS provide the best patient care. The AHSNs bring together the NHS, academia, industry and social care to transform the health and care and stimulate wealth.
Current priorities focus on identifying and spreading innovations that address themes including ADHD, eating disorders, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, hazardous prescribing and many other areas. Each AHSN has a commitment to improving patient safety, hosting a specialist teams called Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSC) that work with health and care professionals on patient safety improvement projects.
Spirit Digital is part of the Spirit Health Care family of companies. We know health and social care inside out. We’re a passionate team of experts who’ve spent years working within the healthcare system – over 150 collectively – and now we’re on a mission to change it for the better. By combining health and social care expertise with digital technical knowhow we’re making healthcare safer, smarter, more efficient; fit for this digital age. We’re taking healthcare to people in their homes and connecting them to clinicians like never before through remote monitoring.
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