Data and analytics can make a positive contribution to care quality in a care home, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has said in a new report, ‘The Data Dimension‘, making intelligent use of data to support sustainable and quality social care.
The report explains how data can help to benchmark quality, spot problems and present new information across services. Initiatives where councils share data to understand the big picture seem helpful and give service users feedback on service quality. It can also boost prevention.
Roundtable participants, which included Paul Burstow, chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, Ray James, national director of learning disability, NHS England, as well as council and CCG commissioners, say that realising the full potential of data and analytics requires everyone involved in care delivery to embrace the latest technology – and that requires investment.
They concluded: “This is still a limiting factor for many providers, despite evidence from the sector regarding return on investment.”