Manchester GPs and Care Homes New Tech
Care homes and GP practices in Greater Manchester adopt new digital reporting system to aid coronavirus response.
04:58 21 June 2020
Greater Manchester is investing in a new digital reporting system to aid care homes and GP practices throughout the region to better monitor early signs of instability during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The new technology enables daily reporting and monitoring of early warning signs, including staffing availability, PPE stock levels and infection rates. The system, which shares information with council public health officials throughout the Greater Manchester, is now being used by 540 care homes, 445 GP practice and 681 pharmacies. It will also be rolled out in urgent dental and supported living centres and opticians.
Information gathered by the reporting system is managed through the Greater Manchester Digital Platform, which has been designed to ensure that professionals supporting residents have the right information.
Sir Richard Leese, Chair Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, which specialises in the transformation and digitisation of public services, said: "I continue to be incredibly proud of the response in Greater Manchester to this pandemic, from the people volunteering to support our most vulnerable, the businesses donating much needed PPE.
"The digital response has been no exception - the speed at which this new situation reporting tool is being deployed across our city-region is ground-breaking and is helping us manage this pandemic in a much more coherent and proactive way.
"Working collaboratively like this allows the Partnership to effectively support local authorities when they are under significant pressures, including redistributing PPE and assisting with infection control."