At some point in your life you will have sat opposite a doctor fumbling through a thick, multicoloured folder full of black handwriting, wondering if your records are up-to-date and complete. Or maybe you’ve been sat in a waiting room with a loved one, unsure of whether you’ve been checked in properly or not; whichever it is, it is no secret that patient records and handling don’t always run super-smoothly in the NHS. This is about to change according to Jeremy Hunt’s NHS 2020 vision, which aims for a ‘paperless’ digital NHS by the year 2018. What this means is that all patient records will be digital, accessible versions which can be viewed at multiple locations and on a wide range of devices.
How does a Paperless NHS England help Patients?
The main aim of Hunt’s 2020 vision is to improve the fluidity of patient handling and care within the health service, far too many patients are forgotten about and left alone, lengthening their hospital stays and putting them at risk for further illness. Lack of efficiency in dealing with patient records has a real knock-on effect to how that person is dealt with and can have serious repercussions on their well-being. By improving processes around patient care, NHS England will be able to increase visibility and have immediate answers to the questions ‘Who?’, ‘What?’, ‘Where?’ and ‘Why?’.
It’s possible to argue that we’ve been in the information age since the second half of the 20th century, and so now, in 2015 why can’t we bring the NHS up to speed? Armed with new information, health care professionals will be able to deliver a superioir level of service. Instant access to vital patient information means that care workers, nurses, and doctors will all be on the same page, and are able to measure a patient’s health and status whilst being aware of any urgent allergies or conditions that may need immediate attention.
What Sort of Technology Can Help, and how will we get there?
The path to a paperless NHS England is already being made, as by April 2016 all NHS foundations are expected to have submitted their roadmaps detailing how they’re going to reach their technological targets and transform digital care. Through cloud technology and a range of IT solutions, NHS England will evolve into a paperless, digital entity that operates fluently on a reduced cost. This paperless vision can only be made possible through technology that meets industry standards and is aquired through proper frameworks, meaning you’re sure you’re getting the most advanced, safe, and efficient technology.
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