Helen Dempster, Chief Visionary Officer, Karantis360 discusses how the implementation of innovative technology will positively impact the way the entire social care ecosystem operates.
“With the social-care needs for over-85s predicted to double in the next 20 years, it is essential to question what changes need to be made in order to keep up with this demand and deliver an efficient, high quality level of patient care. While there is no question that well trained professionals are the key to creating the best patient experiences, the healthcare system should be adopting innovative digital solutions to positively impact the way the entire social care ecosystem operates.
The implementation of the right technology will enable carers to improve the quality and personal aspect of care for the estimated 446,000 of over 85s who are predicted to have ‘high dependency’ needs. Having a non-intrusive system of IoT based sensors ensures the delivery of 24/7 care, tracking habitual behaviour and spotting changes in real time to allow for intervention when it is most needed. This real-time information will not only alleviate the pressure on carers and families alike but will provide a platform for those suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia and diabetes, to stay in their homes for longer and with a better level of care. When these sensors are used in tandem with innovative communication tools such as a connected app, carers will also be enabled to further support their patients. This technology ensures the most up to date medial and personal facts are automatically shared not only with the local authorities and/or care agency but with the individual’s family members, addressing one of the huge causes of stress for those overseeing the care of a loved one.
And with a growing concern around the cost of providing care for older and more vulnerable adults, this technology makes financial sense. For local authorities, enabling even just a handful of individuals to remain safely and happily at home, rather than in a care facility, justifies the investment in new technology. This could really help reduce the predicted funding gap of 3.5bn and help support the care resources available to ensure the system remains stable. What is truly exciting is that this is just the start; with a greater level of information, the social care model can be transformed to operate in a very proactive and most importantly personal manner that caters to the complex needs of every patient.”