Technology and Social Prescribing, why it’s the perfect partnership
We live in a digital age where digital transformation has become a key requirement for many organisations aiming to streamline their social prescribing processes and become more efficient at measuring and reporting.
There are various ways to manage social prescribing, from systems to databases and specialist software platforms. With the growing focus on social prescribing, organisations are increasingly looking to technology to make and manage instant referrals as well as provide detailed analytics for reporting to stakeholders.
With technology, comes great opportunity
Technology presents huge opportunities for social prescribing by helping with uptake, enhancing security, enabling integration with existing processes, and making life easier for the GP, with the ability to make instant referrals to community providers.
By digitising traditional paper-based systems, not only can health and social care professionals save time and resource but they can also monitor and measure the impact of a social prescription, enabling them to provide enhanced support to those individuals that need it most.
Enhancing social prescribing by embracing digital
As a result, they are able to
-Make secure, instant social prescribing referrals to a range of community providers;
-Track and monitor the impact of a referral in real time, which allows for accurate reporting and quantifiable metrics;
-Build the capacity of staff by reducing the time spent on admin duties;
-Demonstrate the value of social prescribing programmes and services using reports Measure the impact of community investments;
-Increase the number of residents accessing and engaging with community programmes and services;
-Engage more residents through community initiatives that will enhance their health and wellbeing
People first, technology second
Although technology provides many benefits, it’s important to emphasise that social prescribing is about people first and that face to face support is often critical when boosting morale, encouraging uptake and building a social prescription which suits the needs of the individual.
One of the main opportunities digital affords, is the transfer of information between different organisations and leading GP clinical systems, enabling those involved in social prescribing to work together to best serve their communities. This interoperability provides a real opportunity to build and support the social prescribing fabric.
As more and more organisations recognise the power of digital social prescribing, we are excited by the future and expect to see a growing trend using technologies such as chat bots, digital apps and wearables which should future help to streamline processes and maximise efficiency.
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