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Evaluation of remote monitoring tech begins in Derbyshire care homes

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The new technology could help care home staff spot the early signs of a resident's deterioration

Derbyshire health and care system partners are evaluating the impact of a new digital monitoring technology that helps to detect the deterioration of care home residents.

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, are working with Spirit Digital to introduce its 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.

Dawn Atkinson, head of the Derbyshire digital workstream at Joined Up Care Derbyshire, said: “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.

“We aim to ensure high-quality, consistent care to residents within care homes, whilst also ensuring the safety of residents, carers and clinicians.”

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, 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 for six months and work has started with the early adopter care homes.

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.

Simon Applebaum, managing director of Spirit Digital, added: “We have been working over the last few months to make this latest technology available to help the NHS with its COVID-19 response.

“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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