June 2022: Supporting residents and empowering staff: the impact of remote monitoring technology in care homes

More than 100,000 care home residents have been supported to keep safe, well and out of hospital thanks to technology-enabled remote monitoring delivered by health and care staff across England. This work is helping improve clinical decision making, provide reassurance, and detect early signs of health deterioration among some of the most vulnerable in society, preventing harms like falls or emergency admissions to hospital.

Around a quarter of England’s 400,000 care home residents are now using technology-enabled remote monitoring, where a trained care professional performs clinical observations like blood pressure checks on behalf of a resident.

Supported by NHS England and NHS Improvement funding, the roll-out of this work has been welcomed by care staff, nurses, GPs and residents across the country including at our scheme, Lorenco House.

Resident Paul feels the technology is ‘revolutionary’ and hasn’t just helped with his health and wellbeing, but his confidence in using digital technology to enjoy and share activities like bird watching.

He lives in just one of the 125 North and Central London care homes now using technology-enabled remote-monitoring, and one of 300,000 people across England supported with health and care needs in this way from the comfort of home.

The project is part of the national Innovation Collaborative for digital health, a shared learning network of health and care professionals, voluntary sector partners, academics and digital innovators working together to accelerate the use of digital technology in health and care.