Gavin Bashar, UK & Ireland managing director of Tunstall Healthcare, has given his opinions on the role of technology in the care sector now and in the near future.
To mark the National Children and Adult Services Conference, Bashar penned a piece on the Tunstall website, revealing his worries that social care has not received as much attention as the NHS during the pandemic.
Overall, however, he feels positive about the future of the sector and its relationship with technology.
Already, Bashar wrote, we “have the ability to provide more intuitive and preventative interventions” via solutions such as those Tunstall provides.
He wrote: “For example, fall detectors and bed occupancy sensors can automatically raise an alert if they sense someone may have fallen.
“We can use discreet sensors around the home which monitor activity, such as how often the bathroom or kitchen are being used, giving a baseline for care planning, and early warning of any potential deterioration in wellbeing.
“The next step in the evolution of our predictive care technology, Tunstall Cognitive Care, will use data-driven insights from multiple sources to detect whether someone’s health could be about to deteriorate, spot a potentially undiagnosed condition, or to help them resolve an immediate social care need.
“This will enable the delivery of high-quality, personalised care programmes and effectively allocate resources, making sure those in need have the right levels of support and reassurance.”
Bashar also mentioned Tunstall’s Carecom system, before concluding: “Amidst the challenges of the last few months, there have also been significant achievements.
“Technology that previously might have taken months to deploy has become active within weeks. Barriers between stakeholders have been overcome. Bureaucracy has been pushed aside.
“We have seen a much greater recognition of the benefits of technology in our health and social care system, and a willingness to try new approaches.
“This not only addresses some of the issues presented by the current pandemic, but also helps to make our services more resilient, preventive, and person-centred in the longer term.
“I believe this is a trend that will continue, and that technology and data will feature much more prominently in the way we design services in coming years.
“The current crisis will abate, but the demands on our social care system will continue to grow; now is the time for us to create the foundation for a better future.”