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Remote monitoring solutions making a difference to care homes

Posted: 1st April 2022

People in supported living settings in North East Lincolnshire are set to benefit from a new pilot programme that trials the remote monitoring capabilities of Docobo’s DOC@HOME® technology. 

Working with NE Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group and their delivery partners NAViGO Health and Social Care CIC (Mental Health) and Living Ambitions, the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN has supported the roll-out of the digital solution.

The remote monitoring of individuals whose medication has changed using DOC@HOME® by Docobo Ltd enables clinicians to monitor for changes that could signify deterioration of any kind, enabling them to act quickly.  Docobo’s digital remote monitoring solution helps to improve the process of communicating key information on the health and wellbeing of individuals and helps to reduce unnecessary face to face visits, allowing individuals to be monitored in their own, familiar environments by support workers they know and trust.

The rollout of the Docobo solution forms part of the Joined-Up Care Programme, launched by NHSx in 2020 as a way of building on the digital health gains seen during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. In conjunction with the Joined-Up Care programme, Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership launched their Digital Care Homes project and have been working closely with the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN to find suitable solutions that better supports care home staff and residents.

This work with supported living settings will be extended to take on more digitalisation of regular observations and health checks in the settings over the coming months. It also follows a successful implementation of the DOC@HOME® solution in three care homes across North East Lincolnshire in November last year.

DOC@HOME® by Docobo Ltd is designed specifically for care homes and their ways of working. The remote monitoring of residents enables clinicians to develop a baseline for every resident’s normal condition and monitor for changes that could signify deterioration.

Care home staff are able to utilise Docobo’s secure portal app to refer patient details to a GP who can review, triage and refer the resident appropriately and effectively.

Not only does the solution empower care home staff to make better informed clinical decisions, it also reduces the number of community nursing visits, reduces time constraints for care home staff and allows residents to feel more involved in their own care.

Andy Williams, Interim Chief Digital and Information Officer, at Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, said: “Our Digital Care Homes project aims to reduce the admission of residents into hospital and our partnership with the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN has meant that together, we have been able to identify a solution that can help us to achieve this, whilst maintaining high standards of care for all our patients.”  

Maria Glover, Programme Manager at Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, said: “We worked with the Partnership and the local CCGs to identify the right innovations that would deliver against their needs and priorities. Docobo was the right solution and we’ve been working and engaging with care homes to scope and develop plans to use Docobo.  

“I am pleased to see that local care homes in this region can really start to enjoy the benefits of remote monitoring technologies and look forward to continuing our work with Docobo to encourage further uptake of the product and help to keep people healthy and out of hospital.” 

Rob Halhead, Chief Operating Officer at Docobo, said:  “This is a great project and we’re so pleased to be sharing our technology to enhance the health and wellbeing of the care home residents and reduce the load on the front line of the NHS and care home carers.”

Find out more about Docobo’s remote monitoring in care homes here.