The acceleration of IoT in social care

The acceleration of IoT in social care

The topic of the Internet of Things (IoT) has dominated tech communities around the world over the past few years. New research suggests that it has become an even higher priority for businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

With digital transformation more of a necessity than ever before, it is no surprise that the adoption of IoT is accelerating across all sectors. Working with a variety of tech companies, we get to see the evolution of innovative technologies first-hand and understand the impact they make on both organisations and consumers. 

Transforming Social Care

One key business area undergoing long-term digital transformation is social care, a system that was already in crisis, which has been made far worse during the pandemic. However, investing in technology, such as IoT, can provide the foundation for transforming the delivery of social care through a more collaborative and holistic approach throughout the entire ecosystem. 

At the peak of the pandemic, hospital beds were full and resources stretched to the maximum. But, technology offers a solution to ensure safer early hospital discharge, enabling individuals to live independently in the comfort of their own home, while empowering clinicians and carers with the correct data to retain the best possible level of care. 

Remote Monitoring Solutions 

Remote monitoring solutions not only provide a safeguarding solution, but also enable behavioural and clinical characteristics to be learned and acted upon where necessary to prevent potential – and unnecessary – emergency admissions. Problems such as Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), for example, can be identified at the earliest onset to begin immediate treatment. This quick intervention minimises the risk of an infection escalating to a critical point that then requires possible hospital admission. In turn, saving the NHS money, resources, and reducing bed blocking during crucial times. 

Additionally, IoT technology provides a more connected approach between the clinical and social care environments. Biometric data can now be used in continuous monitoring settings, meaning that traditional vital sign checks can still be accessed remotely in real-time. Information can be shared between both parties in a much quicker and easier way, while gaining far more insight into a client’s wellbeing than can ever be achieved within a short visit. If IoT devices are being used to their full potential, carers, clinicians and even the family can have a complete up to date view of the client’s activity, while alerting them of any abnormal activity or behaviour in order for them to take the necessary action. 

Delivering Excellent Care

By itself, technology cannot replace human care, but deploying IoT solutions that can provide a full, comprehensive and precise overview of an individual, helps to give carers the time and confidence to deliver excellent levels of care. 

Modern and smart technology is the future of not just social care, but a variety of business areas to transform and stay ahead of the curve. If you’re a technology company starting out or using innovative solutions and want to be heard above the noise, get in touch today to see how PR can help you:

Jade Porter-Harris

Junior Account Manager.

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