Tech for good company, Elemental Software, has today launched a new measuring tool on its innovative social prescribing digital platform that will transform the way social prescribing activity is measured and reported.
Elemental Software’s unique digital technology enables health and social care professionals to refer patients to health and wellbeing activities in their areas and track and monitor their progress through a wide range of different measures.
The new aspect of the service will significantly improve the way social prescribing activity can be measured, tackling one of the key challenges faced by the healthcare sector in demonstrating the real impact that non-clinical treatments can bring to people’s lives.
Launched to an audience of national leaders at the Kings Fund social Prescribing Conference, a nationally significant event exploring the benefits of social prescribing and how to best measure and evaluate the impact and outcomes, this pioneering new aspect of Elemental’s software will support patients, commissioners and practitioners in enabling them to better demonstrate the value and impact of social prescribing in improving and enhancing health and wellbeing.
Speaking at the launch, Dr Cliff Richards MBE, Chair, NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group said “The use of IT to ease access to, and build the evidence base for effective social prescribing is absolutely needed. Halton CCG is delighted to be the first CCG in the UK to use Elemental’s social prescribing software in a new project to support families in the Halton area”.
Jennifer Neff, Co-Founder of Elemental Software, said: “Measuring the impact of social prescribing and the difference that these sorts of programmes and services can make to improving health and wellbeing is vital to driving forward this healthcare approach in communities. We’re delighted to be launching and demonstrating Elemental’s latest innovation through our software at the King’s Fund Conference, which will enable us to deliver improved reporting on the benefits of social prescribing.”
Elemental Software launched last year by social innovators Jennifer Neff and Leeann Monk in response to work they were delivering at strategic and community level in Derry in Northern Ireland at a time when the city was regaining its confidence having won City of Culture, with a key focus on improving health and wellbeing in local communities.