Alan Allman, who has played a pivotal role in shaping the use of ShareCare: Adult in Cheshire, has contributed to a recent feature in The Guardian on “Smarter Cities”. The article surveys a number of pathfinding technology projects, examing in this case ”…how advances in new technology can be employed to improve health and social care, education and crime prevention….”
ShareCare provides platform for many of the changes that Alan refers to in his overview of Cheshires achievements to date and their vision of the future….
“…Over the past four years, the council has developed an electronic platform costing £800,000 so that elderly people no longer have a succession of home visits to arrange care.
Instead … their details can be taken once and shared with other agencies. The result: Cheshire East estimates it is saving 20% in staff time and costs delivering services.
Before this, any carer who visited an older person would have to fill out a paper form listing personal details and health needs. If another agency also visited, they had to go through the same process. Now, the ShareCare software application, developed by Esprit and hosted by IBM, means duplication is eliminated and staff have access to people’s records on the move…“
The full text of The Guardian article can be read here http://www.guardian.co.uk/smarter-cities/smarter-cities-new-technology-social-improvements
The latest version of ShareCare: Adult has been released and is operational in the South West Peninsula and Cheshire. Version 2.3 incorporates a number changes to improve data integration and to improve data quality, particularly in the area of local client demographic data. New features include:
- extended support for data synchronisation with Master Patient Indexes
- integration with National Land and Property Gazeteer (NLPG) address and postcode information;
- additional address information capture for correspondence and emergency contacts;
- automated online and offline processes for identifying, linking and supressing duplicate records;
- improved ‘Consent to Share’ functionality;
- a variety of minor improvements which pave the way for integration with the NHS Personal Demographic Service (PDS) in version 3.0.
Full details of the software release are available in the ‘ShareCare: Adult What’s New Guide’ for existing customers and for everyone who subscribes to the Esprit Newsletter and email updates.
Esprit will be exhibiting at the HealthCare Technology Event on 30th September 2010 at the QEII Conference Centre in London. If you are attending the event please come and visit the Esprit stand in the main conference hall at stand 1.
For more information about the conference programme or to book your place at the event please visit: http://www.govnet.co.uk/healthtech/
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone that came to the event on the 30th and to those that visited the stand it was great to meet you. There are a couple of pictures of the Esprit stand below.
Esprit found the event hugely useful and would urge all those that did attend to sign up to ‘News and Views’ for continued Esprit content.