Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis, a real need for digitization of health care has been perceived.
Indeed the need to isolate feeble people from external contacts in order to protect them from disease’s spread revealed the necessity to develop a new way to take care of them.
In 2020, a report from the European Commission confirmed that the use of digital tools in healthcare was increasing in the Czech Republic.
In fact, the development of this practice isn’t unique to the country but has been noticed throughout Europe. In a world in constant evolution, the social care staff has to catch up with the increasing digitalization of services to ensure equal and effective access to social care for elderly and disabled people.
Consequently, digital tools and technologies have been integrated into social practices from communication to advanced telehealth systems and electronic health records in numerous European countries.
Some statistics :
Before the outbreak of COVID-19, 18% of the healthcare and social care staff were using digital tools in their activity.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, 62% of the staff admitted that they increased their utilization of digital tools.
Indeed, we can notice that staff from the physical health field increased their use by 59% while mental health staff increased their utilization by 69% and Social services by 60%.
Knowing that we can now include digital tools in our social care system to make it more efficient and accessible, why would we stop?