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Funding is being provided to areas who have already piloted digital solutions successfully in small local areas. The aim is to implement them on a larger scale and to produce a range of products that will support wider sector adoption at a reasonable cost.
Twenty-six organisations were funded originally to undertake a development phase and in November 2019, 16 of these organisations are receiving further funding to proceed to implementation, which is now well under way and due to complete by March 2021.
The Pathfinder themes have many things in common, such as:
- standard information sent from social care about a person into a healthcare setting at admission
- viewing of a standardised set of social care information by healthcare providers
- viewing of a standardised set of core health information by social care
- location finder – healthcare providers identifying a person’s responsible local authority
- alerts to notify social care where a person is in the health system
- single referral and discharge from hospital
- use of data for prevention via the use of advanced predictive analytics
- use of artificial intelligence, assistive or remote technology
NHSx have developed case studies for some of the Digital Social Care Pathfinder projects who are using machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and methods to replicate predictive analytics. The case studies have been published on the NHSx website.