Care standards are evolving globally

Quality of care has always been a focus for carers, nurses, clinicians, and industry decision-makers, but it has never been more of a critical consideration than it is today.

The introduction of new national legislation and compliance standards, together with an ageing population and growing workforce demands, is driving significant change across the aged care, home care, hospital, and disability industries.

During this time, access to the right tools is crucial. PainChek®’s digital pain assessment app facilitates best-practice processes, documentation, and reporting, supporting compliance with national care standards. Find out how.

Australia

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was established in 2018 to inquire into the quality and safety of aged care in Australia. As a result, widespread legislative changes have been introduced to improve oversight and quality of care standards across the industry.

Since July 2021, all government-subsidised aged care homes have been required to collect data on five quality indicators:

  • Pressure injuries.
  • Physical restraint.
  • Unplanned weight loss.
  • Falls and major injury.
  • Medication management.

These quality indicators complement the Aged Care Quality Standards that all government-subsidised aged care facilities need to meet.

A new guideline was also recently released to help inform the industry about the appropriate use of psychotropic treatment in response to findings that psychotropic medicines are being overprescribed and overused in older people and people with disability.

Additionally, from 1 October 2022, a new AN-ACC care funding model will include minimum requirements for staff time with residents, mandatory quality reporting, and decreased funding for some treatments, putting the burden on care providers to reallocate resources while optimising quality of care.

Despite the heightened focus on data collection to inform accurate and appropriate treatment, there remains a widespread lack of information sharing between systems, carers, clinicians, patients or residents, and their families.

United Kingdom

The UK Department of Health and Social Care has introduced a new plan for digital health and social care, with a goal for all integrated care systems (ICS) to have core digital capabilities, including electronic health records, in place by March 2025.

All clinical teams in an ICS will be expected to have access to a complete view of a person’s health and social care record that they can contribute to. Non-clinical staff in social care settings will also need to be able to access appropriate information and input data into digital records in real time.

In addition, 80% of Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered providers are expected to have digital social care records by March 2024, with the responsibility falling on providers to establish a consistent data set. This will be a significant undertaking, given that approximately 30% of social care providers are partially digitised, with a further 30% still using entirely paper-based systems.

On top of this, it’s estimated that the UK aged care industry, where staff shortages are already an issue, will require up to 627,000 extra care staff by 2030/31. This will necessitate a major technology-enabled effort to train, recruit, and retain care workers.

New Zealand

In 2018, the New Zealand government conducted a review of the country’s health and disability system and highlighted quality of data, the ability to transfer data securely, and data sharing between systems as key issues to address in building more effective health and disability services.

In response, New Zealand’s 20 district health boards (DHBs) were abolished in 2022 and replaced by a national health system with a view to centralising data, allowing patients to access their health records in one place, and giving clinicians from different facilities a holistic overview of their patients’ medical histories.

Over the coming years, health and care providers will be expected to collect and share data so that it is readily accessible to patients and other facilities.

How PainChek® supports compliance and improved care standards

PainChek®’s digital pain assessment app facilitates best-practice processes, documentation, and reporting, taking the pressure off carers, clinicians, and industry decision-makers when it comes to complying with national care standards.

The app combines PainChek®’s AI pain assessment tool, which intelligently automates the multidimensional pain assessment process, with the Numerical Rating Scale (NRS). This hybrid functionality allows objective, consistent pain assessment at the point of care for those who can self-report, those who cannot, and those whose ability fluctuates. Learn more here.

What are the key benefits?

  • Centralised data: All pain assessment data is stored securely and centrally in PainChek®’s detailed reporting suite, PainChek® Analytics.
  • Interoperability: PainChek® is fully interoperable with leading care management systems, enabling seamless and secure data sharing.
  • Reduced risk: No duplication of effort or the need for paper-handling reduces the risk of human error and inaccuracies.
  • Improved quality of care: PainChek® has been shown to instigate a reduction in the inappropriate use of psychotropic medication.
  • Accessibility: A fast and objective tool, PainChek® empowers staff to accurately and consistently monitor pain, saving time and costs.
  • Digital transformation: PainChek® helps facilities digitise their process and become technology leaders.
  • Ongoing support: PainChek®’s expert team is on hand to support with day-to-day and strategic decisions relating to pain assessment.
  • Reputability: PainChek® has government backing and a strong, credible reputation with clients and the industry.

Discover why 1,500+ facilities globally trust PainChek® to accurately assess pain.

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I have a passion for continuous improvement in pain assessment and see the PainChek® pain assessment tool as an evolutionary development of my past work, incorporating new technologies including smart devices and artificial intelligence that further improve the pain assessment process. In particular the automated facial recognition part of the tool is impressive, and this in my view makes the pain assessment task simpler.”

– Dr Jennifer Abbey, founder of the Abbey Pain Scale

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