Sixteen organisations are set to receive a share of £4.5m to enable them to roll out their local digital projects on a wider scale as part of a Social Care Digital Pathfinders grant.
The successful Digital Pathfinders will now commence a 13-month implementation phase with projects predominantly looking at standardising information and developing digital ways of sharing that information between multiple health and care organisations.
Managed by NHS Digital, the grant supports products and services that have already been piloted in small local areas – with the view to implementing them on a larger scale. Pam Garraway senior responsible officer for the Social Care Programme at NHS Digital said:
“I’m delighted to see so many exciting digital projects now underway – every one of which has the potential to benefit the whole health and social care sector. What makes it so exciting is the fact that these projects aren’t working in isolation, as they perhaps would have done in the past. They are working collectively to drive standards and solve problems, which is why we are confident that all of the pathfinder projects can be replicated easily.
“This isn’t just about best practice pilots. Once this work is finalised, we fully expect areas will be able to go out and use these products and implement them locally – safe in the knowledge that they are tried and tested.”
Lancashire County Council – Implementation of digital discharge messaging service (ADW) and integration with local health care record.
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