London Care Homes Digital Dashboard
Ellen Pirie, Senior Project Manager (Healthy Aging), Health Innovation Network South London
The Informatics team in the Health Innovation Network (HIN) have been developing their knowledge and expertise on London Care Homes and their adoption and implementation of a range of digital technologies over the last couple of years. Initially this was done to support the work that the HIN Healthy Aging team was doing in Care Homes in South London. However it became clear that this approach was useful more widely across London.
In May 2021 the HIN were formally commissioned by Digital First to create a user friendly and useful care home data dashboard for digital projects underway across London. Key tasks were:
The key reasons for moving forward in this way were because:
A working group was formed with representatives from each of the five ICS/STP areas of London and this group has met monthly since May 2021. The dashboard has been updated and published monthly via NHS Futures and to people in the NHS or local authorities requesting a copy by email.
Currently, much of the focus is on ensuring that Care Homes have achieved the required standards of the Data Security and Protection Toolkit. This is a fundamental capability which then enables Care Homes to implement other digital solutions and technologies.
An overview tab gives a high level summary of the number of care homes and care home beds by care home type in each of the 5 ICS/STP areas of London. See table below for July 2021 data.
The discussion about the development of the Digital Maturity Index has been particularly interesting and the current proposal is that Care Homes will be identified within bands as having minimum, core, enhanced or enhanced plus digital maturity levels. This will enable the teams supporting care homes to more easily see where each care home is on the digital transformation journey and to offer appropriate support or opportunities.
Another aspect currently under discussion is whether the scope of the dash board should be extended to include domiciliary care providers, as the importance of this sector is recognised. However this would add significant complexity to the dashboard so this development has not yet been agreed.
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