David McKinney, Tunstall’s Managing Director UK & Ireland, shares his thoughts on innovation in the NHS following the recent King’s Fund Digital Health and Care Congress 2017.
We recently hosted two
Facilitated by respected journalist Bernard Ginns, the events provided an excellent forum for valuable discussion between peers, and we’ve had great feedback from our guests remarking on how useful they found discussions.
Some key themes emerged:
The need for prevention rather than cure.
The best answer to the challenges posed by DTOC is to avoid admission in the first place; delegates agreed that more focus should be placed on upstream interventions. We identified a vital role for technology in providing predictive tools to identify people in the community at highest risk of admission. Systems to monitor vital signs and symptoms and activities of daily living are already widely available, and as the Connected Home becomes a reality there is also the possibility of technology like smart meters having a role to play in identifying patients at risk.
Let’s get engaged
Stakeholder engagement is of course
The right care in the right place at the right time
It was universally agreed that a ‘one size fits all’ approach would not work, and no single solution would be suitable for everyone. Any changes to pathways must include flexibility to take account of this. Attendees also agreed on the importance of usability for staff and patients, balancing the need for change with a healthy dose of realism. There was also a consensus of opinion that abolishing outpatient clinics in favour of delivering care at the point of need would improve efficiency and quality of care.
There was a strong feeling in the group that health and social care services had reached