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Scotland: a new app-based service is set to support the delivery of health and care

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) will deliver a new app-based service as a ‘one-stop shop’ to support the best clinical and care decision making across health and social care in Scotland.

The service will be the first of its kind in the UK, says HIS, and also marks the next stage of the development of the Right Decision Service (RDS).

HIS explains that current tools to support care exist in a variety of locations, making it difficult for staff to easily access the most up-to-date advice. RDS uses digital platforms to give evidence-based tools, such as clinical guidelines, to health and care professionals at the time they need it.

A pilot version of RDS makes this support available by linking various apps and online tools. Additional funding is allowing RDS to create one app that will bring the apps and tools together.

A consultation in early 2023 confirmed that decision support tools delivered by RDS save time; improve use of resource; empower staff to deliver safer, more consistent care; and strengthen the focus on individuals’ needs.

HIS, who will take on leadership of RDS, are now developing a timeline for the next phase.

Dr Ann Wales at Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre called the app a ‘step-change’ and said it ‘harnesses the power of evidence and technology to bring decision-making tools to the fingertips of health and social care practitioners.’

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