TEC Programme – Focus
The Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Programme launched in 2014 as a three-year £30 million Scotland-wide Programme. The overall aim is aligned with the existing National Telehealth & Telecare Delivery Plan.
For the purposes of this programme, Technology-Enabled Care is defined as: where outcomes for individuals in home or community settings are improved through the application of technology as an integral part of quality cost-effective care and support. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of telecare, telehealth, video conferencing (VC) and mobile health & wellbeing (mHealth).
Formal guidance issued in October 2014 for the first year of the programme setting out a range of objectives and outcomes that the first tranche of £10 million funding for 2015/16 was expected to achieve, expressly framed in the context of the Prescribed National Health & Wellbeing Outcomes.
Local areas were expected to be cognisant of them whilst specifically demonstrating how they would contribute to the overall aim of the Programme, which is about significantly up scaling tried and tested approaches across the following interlinked workstreams:
- Expansion of home health monitoring as part of integrated care plans to move beyond the small/medium scale initiatives that have been introduced in a small number of areas to substantial programmes across Scotland, building on the United4Health programme. This is being led by the Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare (SCTT);
- Expanding the use of video conferencing through using the experience of the NHS video conferencing systems to enable partner organisations across all health and social care sectors to participate and benefit, as well as growing its use for clinical/practitioner consultations. This is being led by the eHealth Division, and builds on the National Standards already agreed for public sector VC;
- Creating a national digital platform framework, learning from, and potentially building on, national initiatives such as Living it Up and ALISS to expand supported self-management information, products and services for Scottish citizens. This is being led by the eHealth Division, and initially involves a scoping piece looking at what we mean by a digital platform as well as some continuation of funding for both Living it Up and ALISS;
- Expanding the take up of Telecare, with a particular focus on upstream prevention, support for people at transitions points of care and people with dementia and their carers. This is being led by the JIT and is the most advanced of the workstreams in terms of existing local activity;
- Exploring the scope and benefits of switching current provision of Telecare from analogue to digital telecare (this is a nationally commissioned area of research and analysis).
Funding has now been released to 23 organisations for the financial year 2015/16. Whilst not every Integration Authority or Health Board received funding, it is important to note that all are already delivering a level of technology-enabled care.