EXCLUSIVE: New government must help care providers invest in tech, sector leaders urge


The new government must play a role in the development of policies aimed at increasing the digital maturity of the social care sector, industry organisations have urged.

In a letter sent to Care Home Professional and sister title Home Care Insight, Care England and healthcare tech company Medopad said the current underfunding of social care was a “limiting factor” in the development of technology.

The letter states: “The new government must play its own role in the development of policies aimed at increasing the digital maturity of the social care sector. The current underfunding of social care is a limiting factor in the development of technology and future government policy must therefore seek to support and create the right conditions to enable providers to invest in such technologies.

“Care England and Medopad are at forefront of the tech revolution. Together they combine the best of health tech innovation and social care expertise. The goal of these two organisations and the signatories below (invited attendees to the Social Care Tech Brek on 7 November) is simply to bring the people with the innovative tech ideas together with the people who want to support and care for vulnerable people in our community. As a collaborative community we aspire to better technology for the sector and access to high quality data and intelligence.

“Together we urge the government to incentivise the social care sector to find new solutions which can create a better and more efficient health and wellbeing offer.”

Care England CEO Professor Martin Green (pictured) and Medopad CEO Dan Vahdat signed the letter alongside 14 other executive directors (see below).

Their aim is to bring the people with innovative technology ideas together with people who want to support and care for vulnerable people in the community.

The letter’s signatories are: Vishal Shah, Managing Director, Banyan Care Group; Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive, Care England; Daniel Casson, Digital Development Executive, Care England (Digital); Ansgar Lange, Chief Product Officer, Cera Care; Greg Allen, Chief Executive, Future Care Capital; Carole Edmond, Founder, Glassmoon Strategies Ltd; Sam Hussain, Founder, Log my Care; Lorenzo Gordon, Director and Co-Founder, Maldaba Ltd; Dan Vahdat, Chief Executive, Medopad; Professor John Burn, Professor of Clinical Genetics, Newcastle University; Nuno Almeida, Founder & CEO, Nourish Care Systems &  Care Software Providers Association; Tom Brookes, Board Advisor, Orchard Care; Jonathan Papworth, Director of Person Centred Software & Co-founder of the Software Providers Association, Person Centred Software & Software Providers Association; David Brindle, Vice Chair, Richmond Fellowship & Recovery Focus Group; Sangha Chakravarty, Head of Business Change UK, Sunrise Senior Living; and Damien Wasey, Partner & Chief Commercial Officer, The Mitigo Group.

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