Electronic care plans are essential for delivering high-quality care in health and social care settings. Adopting an electronic care planning system will help improve residents' overall outcomes and provide care teams with a convenient and efficient way to record care notes and access resident care plans whilst on the go.
With the Department of Health and Social Care's new plan and funding to support the digitisation of the social care sector and emphasising the importance of interoperability, most software suppliers will provide an interoperable electronic care planning system that can integrate with a range of other systems – this will improve communication between health and care services.
Digitising paper-based processes and increasing productivity reduces the costs incurred by healthcare institutions. Electronic care planning systems will also lower the risk of errors and delays, improving patient safety and decreasing the cost of medical treatments.
The risk of data loss or data being tampered with is reduced by eliminating the need for manual updates to paper-based records, ensuring that resident information is kept secure and their privacy is maintained.
All care notes and records can be easily accessed, regardless of shift patterns, ensuring health and care teams have all the information they need when caring for residents.
Health and care professionals can get instant access to a person's information and preferences, including medical records of each resident, a list of what's important to them, a summary of their care plan and wishes for their future care, enabling them to provide responsive and person-centred care.
Adopting an electronic care planning system will help provide better care for service users by allowing carers more time to care by reducing onerous administration tasks.
Digitally-enabled care will help your care organisation to meet regulatory requirements as you can plan, manage and monitor care more efficiently, making care plans more person-centred, accessible, legible and accurate.
Care providers can instantly share information with hospitals and external professionals via the eRedBag (electronic hospital pack) to give people the best quality of care at every stage of their health and social care journey.
Letting carers quickly see which residents need to be taken care of is vital; with electronic care planning systems, care teams can receive warnings when certain tasks aren't completed and alert staff of residents' care needs, helping to prioritise actions and ensure a resident's safety is maintained.