Health Informatics News

A UK report recently issued from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) entitled "Outpatients: the future – adding value through sustainability"  describes the need for a re-appraisal of how outpatient care functions and discusses how this might be brought into line with current patient expectations and lifestyle.
 
The RCP report highlighted the cost to both patients and the NHS that the traditional outpatient care system incurs. It describes that one in five attending pensioners reportedly feel worse flowing their outpatient appointment due simply to the stresses incurred by the journey itself and explained that if A&E were excluded, remaining hospital activity would consist primarily (85%) of outpatient appointments and yet DNA's (where a patient Did Not Attend) occur roughly a quarter of the time.
 
Assessments of value (cost vs outcome) and sustainability (enduring consequences) are needed, says the report, and moving forwards the volume of face to face consultations might be substituted, where appropriate, with more modern alternatives while patents might be encouraged to take control of their care, becoming partners in all relevant decisions, with trusts being flexible enough to facilitate this. At the heart of these changes is suggested adoption of modern technology and other innovations including telephone consultations, skype, apps and online tools, text messaging and remote monitoring systems.
 
5 key recommendations were determined in this report focusing on improvement being measured in terms of population and system effects (as well as individual outcomes), remuneration of trusts for clinical value, national guidance creation in relation to outpatients, collaboration with organisations/charities in order to develop resource signposting and finally guidance being established regarding partnerships with the voluntary and community sectors.  
 
Professor Stephen Powis National medical director of NHS England is quoted here as calling for "honest conversations within our local health communities – with patients, with colleagues in primary care and community services, and with professionals across different specialties and providers – to ensure that reforms are in the interests of all concerned and sustainable in the long term. This report provides an excellent basis on which to base those conversations, and on which to build the consensus for change."
E-mail me when people leave their comments –

You need to be a member of Health Informatics Forum to add comments!

Join Health Informatics Forum

Latest Activity

MarkAlex4856 updated their profile
yesterday
Nuradin Ali is now a member of Health Informatics Forum
Wednesday
Magoba Bridget is now a member of Health Informatics Forum
Tuesday
Great Oyita is now a member of Health Informatics Forum
Sunday
MM Maran is now a member of Health Informatics Forum
Mar 16
Kunle Adesida replied to Kunle Adesida's discussion Implementation of hospital management systems in Nigeria as a tool for better health data collection and statistical analysis.
"You are very correct"
Mar 15
Kary, Trupti Atkari and Preetham Kodimoole joined Health Informatics Forum
Mar 14
BRIAN GRAY, Reena Gangurde and Michael T joined Health Informatics Forum
Mar 14
Michael T updated their profile
Mar 14
Noura Alsalman and Twarita Dhorje joined Health Informatics Forum
Mar 12
Noura Alsalman updated their profile
Mar 12
Noura Alsalman updated their profile
Mar 12
isu jahan commented on isu jahan’s status
"how can I lose my weight, anybody helps me."
Mar 12
Mahe Saleh and jonathan bwalya joined Health Informatics Forum
Mar 12
Dércio Duvane is now a member of Health Informatics Forum
Mar 9
More…