Person Centred Software, which has worked with NHS Digital on an e-red bag pilot project in the London borough of Sutton, is now in talks with other areas and software providers to extend the scheme.
The e-red bag initiative enables homes to send residents’ care record information to hospital electronically. Participating homes have to pass the DSP Toolkit.
NHS Digital, which has worked with PCS on the pilot project in two care homes, is now extending the project to all care homes in the London boroughs of Sutton and Merton, as part of the Paperless 2020 project. This aims to link NHS, local authorities and social care to digitally streamline records and improve social care outcomes.
Care homes in Sutton and Merton that are not using PCS Mobile Care Monitoring will have the option of securely replacing fax with the e-red bag using a tablet app from Person Centred Software.
In February 2019, as part of the initial demonstrator project, Belmont Care Home in Sutton, part of Caring Homes Group, sent a resident’s hospital admission information digitally to St Helier Hospital in Carshalton. The ‘hospital pack’ arrived at the hospital at the same time as the ambulance.
Arthur Tanare, manager at Belmont House, said: “With the electronic transfer of information, the hospital has all personal information, not just the emergency clinical information. Residents receive smooth transfers to hospital and holistic, person-centred care at every stage of hospitalisation.”