Lord Carter's independent review released last week, showed that delays in discharging patients from beds could be costing the NHS £900m pounds a year.
As someone who both works in the technology sector and uses the NHS, it is fascinating for me to consider how technology could help hospitals.
The challenge to the NHS is one that many businesses face, in essence to “do more with less”, as highlighted in Lord Carter’s report “Operational productivity and performance in English NHS acute hospitals: Unwarranted variations”.
The Report found vast inefficiencies across the NHS, with particular focus on staff productivity, poor patient flow and lost bed capacity due to bed-blocking. One technology that is supporting the NHS is TeleTracking.
Teletracking’s operational platform, under the SafeHands programme at The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, was featured in the report on page 63 to highlight the use of technology to enable operational efficiencies. The programme uses real-time technology to track patients, assets and staff in real-time, as well as coordinating the placements of patients by a centralised patient placement and coordination centre, enabling timely care across the entire organisation.
This kind of innovation driven by the vision of The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust is a brilliant example of how technology can drive the kind of value that every user of the NHS should applaud. Technology that supports sustainability within the NHS. This is the kind of technology that matters.
Delays in discharging patients out of hospital after treatment could be costing the NHS in England £900m a year, an independent review has said. Labour peer Lord Carter's report found nearly one in 10 beds was taken by someone medically fit to be released. It said it was a "major problem" causing operations to be cancelled and resulting in the NHS paying private hospitals to see patients. Union Unison said cuts to social care were a major cause of "bed-blocking". Lord Carter identified the issue in a wider look at how £5bn could be saved by 2020. His proposals called for better procurement and staff management, and savings to the drugs bill.