Launched today, the NHS Commissioning Assembly’s Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS) Online Resource for Commissioners, has been developed by NHS commissioners to help maximise the value of technology enabled care services for patients, carers, commissioners and the whole health economy. This resource raises awareness of how the wide range of TECS can support commissioning intentions and benefit patients, commissioners, families, health and social care professionals and provider managers. It also addresses the demand from commissioners for information on how to commission, procure, implement and evaluate these types of solutions effectively.
Technologies such as telehealth, telecare, telemedicine, telecoaching and self-care apps have the potential to transform the way people engage in and control their own healthcare, empowering them to manage it in a way that is right for them. The NHS Five Year Forward View promotes the importance of prevention and of new models in care in designing sustainable, high quality health and care – an essential precondition will be giving service users more control and professionals the data they need.
For more information visit the NHS Commissioning Assembly website here http://www.commissioningassembly.nhs.uk/pg/cv_blog/content/view/157330 or access the TECS Resource for Commissioners here http://www.commissioningassembly.nhs.uk/dl/cv_content/157329
What is TECS?
The term ‘technology enabled care services’ (TECS) refers to technologies (such as telecare, telehealth, telemedicine/
teleconsultation and self care apps) that help people to manage and control chronic illness and sustain independence.
They enable the remote exchange of information, primarily between a patient or citizen and a health or care professional,
to assist in diagnosing or monitoring health status or promoting good health. The TECS programme aims to
empower patients and citizens and support them to take greater control of their own health and care, working in
partnership with health and care professionals, families, carers and the voluntary sector. Some TECS, such as telecare,
are already well established within the social care and housing sectors. These are often supported through Integrated
Community Equipment Services (ICES) schemes, although many are increasingly self-funded.
The Better Care Fund and the Care Act bring new opportunities for collaboration, earlier assessment,
information, advice and guidance in the delivery of high quality social care services. This will include supporting
people to self-care and self-manage through use of their own resources, developing the retail market as well as
encouraging the use of personal health budgets for TECS. NHS England has set out plans for the new Integrated
Personal Commissioning Pilots which will be available from April 2015.