What are the benefits of the SAT interRAI system?

Benefits For the Older Person and the Clinician

Older people will benefit from the SAT because SAT puts the older person at the centre of the assessment process.

It promotes:

  • independence through assessment of capabilities
  • participation in care
  • self-fulfilment
  • dignity

interRAI takes a person-centric approach, such as follows:

Assessment process

The value of this comprehensive approach is that all relevant health and wellbeing information about an older person can be gathered from one assessment process, rather than through a battery of individual tests. It provides a holistic view of the person’s condition to inform the development of an appropriate individualised care plan that considers all of the person’s needs.

A comprehensive SAT assessment will automatically generate information which highlights opportunities for improvement for the person and potential areas of decline. It facilitates the creation of individualised care plans, which can lead to improved health outcomes.

“SAT provides a standardised robust geriatric  assessment process. This, followed by tailored care planning, can help deliver better health outcomes for clients. One of the major benefits is that information is gathered once but has many uses. It promotes integrated care, quality initiatives and equity of service access, planning and delivery”

Benefits For Services for Older People:

“The opportunities presented by the implementation of the interRAI SAT software which is designed to improve the care of clients, across both acute and community sectors cannot be underestimated.”

The data from each individual assessment may be aggregated to provide a range of assessment outputs. These can be used as clinical decision support tools, but also at management level as case-mix classification systems. It has further uses for quality improvement and benchmarking, for monitoring purposes. Furthermore screening algorithms can be used to target priority groups or identify groups that are at relative risk of adverse outcomes.

“This aggregated data is critical for healthcare professionals and policy makers to develop better health services and target resources based on need and to promote evidenced based service planning”.

For more information contact:

Email – Single.AssessmentTool@hse.ie