The ELDAC digital dashboard (the ‘dashboard’) is an system application that IT companies can embed in their aged care system. It is designed to track and visually represent key EOL (End of Life) care processes and indicators relevant for reporting and clinical decision making. The dashboard aims to:
- Support a consistent and comprehensive approach to end of life
- Show what is happening (client level, manager level, organisation level)
- Provide triggers and flags for care prompts
- Assist in reporting and/or benchmarking
The dashboard was developed using a co-design approach with It experts, aged care staff and decision makers and palliative care representatives. The dashboard builds upon what many aged care IT systems already collect and uses the ELDAC Care Model to report data about care at the end of life. The dashboard is designed to be used in residential aged care and home care settings.
The dashboard has been integrated into the IT systems of several aged care IT providers/services across Australia If you are an aged care IT company and would like to integrate the digital dashboard into your clinical data management systems please contact Dr Priyanka Vandersman.
Find out how the ELDAC digital dashboard can help you provide good quality care to your residents/clients who are in the last months of their life.
Integrating and implementing the ELDAC Digital Dashboard
Market integration of the dashboard
The ELDAC Digital Dashboard has been integrated into the systems/platforms of four aged care IT companies/groups. Supported by the ELDAC Digital Innovations team, these IT companies/groups were able to integrate the dashboard prototype into their IT platform and subsequently release the newly integrated dashboard across to a number of aged care services. Interviews carried out with the IT company team at the end of the integration exercise indicated that the dashboard integration work was feasible to carry out and the IT companies saw (commercial and patient outcome related) value in integrating the dashboard within their system. It was also clear from our experience that a collaborative venture between University/project team and IT companies/teams is a feasible approach when looking at enabling access to a novel and innovative technology.
The ELDAC Digital Dashboard Implementation [EDDI] Study.
In the second half of 2020, we conducted a 3-month implementation evaluation study involving services that had access to the newly integrated dashboard. Care managers, nurses and even admin staffs used the dashboard for up to 8 weeks of trial period with the support of a site based ‘dashboard champion’. At the end of the trial period, over 40 staff members from 14 sites participated in a focus group or interview sessions to share their experience of dashboard use. The dashboard was useful and relevant to the care practices of the aged care setting and staffs felt that it helped them organise end of life care. While the dashboard was used in an extremely challenging period marked by COVID19 concerns, time and resource pressures, competing priorities, and a relatively low-level of technology readiness within the sector; staff and managers reported that the engagement with the dashboard facilitated family conversations about a resident’s decline and care needs. These findings are very promising and show that technological innovations such as the ELDAC Digital Dashboard can support staff and services in identifying and responding to an older person’s needs as they move into the last months, or year, of life as well as responding to specific palliative care needs.
Journey of the ELDAC Digital Dashboard. Find out the rationale behind building a palliative care digital dashboard for aged care, where this work has progressed to, and how it could be a value-adding addition to the aged care sector.
Try it out!!
You can have a little play with the dashboard prototype demo. While this isn’t the whole system, it will give you an idea of how it works!