Last week the Department for Health and Social Care published their vision for a digital healthcare system in England. The full vision can be found here.
The TSA took part in a National Social Care Advisory Group session that helped develop the social care related elements of this vision – some of this input has made it into this draft, but some has not.
There is an opportunity to provide feedback to the DHSC, we will be doing this with urgency and will inform members of any feedback we receive from the department.
We also encourage TSA members to provide comments via the mechanism provided on the vision website at https://r1.surveysandforms.com/4c3zqo08-fa3ela24
There is reference within the vision around the use of consumer technology in a care setting - there is no doubt that such platforms, which carry multiple applications, offer opportunity to meet different service user’s needs, and it can be argued that they therefore offer flexibility of function.
The TSA supports the preservation of appropriate standards and quality frameworks for life critical systems and services. TSA will support any necessary evolution of these standards to accommodate emergent technology and telecommunications.
It’s clear that consumer technology offers a valuable and complementary role to other technology enabled care solutions as part of a person’s overall care provision. But their use must be appropriately assessed and these devices not be seen as a substitute for approved, tested TEC equipment to ensure that vulnerable people are not put at risk.
For these applications we would expect providers of the underlying technologies to make clear the intended use of their systems, and to provide clear evidence that the systems meet the safety, reliability and availability
requirements of that intended use.
We will be providing further updates on the DHSC vision as it evolves and encourage TSA members to read the full document and provide their feedback and comments.
We will make available our response to the vision and highlight to members any further developments.