Scottish care stakeholders have launched a Human Rights Charter for Technology and Digital in Social Care
The charter, believed to be the first of its kind, specifies 17 actions that aim to improve the use of technology in the care and support of people in Scotland. These include that technology should seek only to enhance and fulfil human rights, that it should seek to involve those important to an individual in the use of technology, including paid carers and should enable and augment human presence rather than wholly replace it.
The Charter arises from last year’s Scottish Care report ‘Tech Rights’, which addresses some of the challenges of using technology for developers and older people. Dr Donald Macaskill, Scottish Care CEO, said: “The future of care in Scotland has to be one which is based on the rights, dignity, privacy and control of individual citizens. The Charter is a positive contribution to achieving the rights-based care and support our citizens deserve.”