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Concentric digital consent
Concentric is a digital consent (aka econsent) application which transforms the traditional paper consent form process and is now in use across a number of NHS Trusts and Health Boards across the UK, including Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Consent for treatment is a key element of care, in terms of the quality of clinical decision-making, experiences of patient-centred care, and organisational medico-legal risk.
Advance and Urgent Care Plans – London Accelerator
In July 2020, The Health Innovation Network (HIN) were commissioned to deliver a programme to increase use and quality of shared electronic advance/urgent care plans using Co-ordinate my Care (CMC). The programme concentrated on clinical engagement.
Automated Scheduling for Elective Care Appointments
COVID-19 has generated a significant backlog of elective patients that need appointments generated as quickly as possible. Trusts are keen to avoid hiring more staff to solve the problem and are looking to digital workers instead. Bots can assist with the recovery of elective care in a predictable and consistent way. For example, Automation Anywhere's Robotic Interface (AARI) can be used to extract patient details from referral systems, before cross-checking details against SPINE. Once validated, bookings can be made within the PAS terminal. All bookings and referrals are triaged in e-RS (e-Referral Service) with the outcome.
Maximising Digital Opportunities in Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing
Did you know that 20% of women experience mental health problems during the perinatal period? Partners can also experience mental health problems during this time. Utilising digital solutions can support women, partners and families when experiencing perinatal mental health challenges.
YOURmeds is a digital monitored dosage system, supporting users to take their medicines as intended and so maintain their safety and independence, whilst ensuring they get the best clinical outcomes from their medicines.
Digital First Waiting List Validation
Healthcare Communications waiting list solution is currently supporting 23 trusts to rapidly communicate with patients about recommencing their treatment across elective care, outpatients and diagnostics. Taking a digital first, yet fully inclusive engagement approach, the platform will automatically switch to multi-channel options to reach patients who don’t or can’t access the digital communication. The solution empowers instant engagement, offering patients the option to self-select responses from their mobile, whilst avoiding long phone queue times, and with the analytics to immediately flag urgent patients for clinical review.
Pathpoint SurgiCare - Digital Elective Surgical Care Pathways
Pathpoint Surgicare is an interoperable cloud-based platform serving the full perioperative care pathway to tackle any waiting list backlog. Linking multidisciplinary caregivers, it is a central digital hub for remote pre-assessment and postoperative monitoring. Custom-designed workflows deliver all the assessment tools of the required surgical referral standards, as well as clinical triage, admission management, patient-reported and functional outcome measures, relevant national audit submission, clinical governance, and live data reporting.
Arc remote examination and monitoring for care homes
Arc allows a clinician to remotely perform real-time comprehensive examinations on a patient. Clinicians can detect deterioration earlier and make accurate diagnoses avoiding unnecessary hospitalisation and clinician time that would have otherwise been spent on travel.Arc offers an integrated stethoscope, blood pressure machine, pulse oximeter, thermometer and high definition camera for the ears and oropharynx.CCGs across England trust Arc. Arc is part of NHSX’s National Innovation Collaborative programme.
ELAROS' C19-YRS is a digital version of the globally recognised and NHS England-recommended clinical tool, the 'C19-YRS', used for the remote assessment, triage and management of patients with persistent COVID symptoms. It has been recommended for routine use by NHS England in their National guidance for post-covid syndrome assessment clinics (April 2021). The original PDF version has been adopted by NHS clinics across the UK and the digital platform has been adopted by the Northern Care Alliance, Leeds Community Healthcare, Liverpool University Hospitals, and Airedale NHS Trusts since its public announcement in June 2021.
The ability to analyse the data collected by the NHS is critical to delivering high-quality healthcare, especially in mental health where the demand on services is increasing in an environment already stretched in terms of capacity and resource. Community mental health teams have rising caseloads, increasingly with complex mental health problems. Practitioners are prioritising managing risk with limited time to deliver recovery-based care which would support the journey back into appropriate primary care services.At a system, team or individual caseload level, MaST enables frontline staff, managers and clinicians to identify risks and issues and improve the quality and safety of patient care.
Thrive: theatre rooms in virtual environments
Thrive for Endoscopy is a software tool for the efficient planning of endoscopy lists that maximises the number of patients seen within existing resources. Using deeper analytics Thrive facilitates; prompt list start and finish times, efficient room utilisation, reduced turnaround times that helps to reduce overrunning.
The Volunteer Platform (WAHT Edition)
The Volunteer Platform (WAHT Edition) is a clinical trial management tool developed in partnership with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (WAHT) and Being Guided. The Platform (to be renamed) aimed to provide an interface between patients and research staff, simplifying practices to improve the experience of patients and staff participating in research.