The NHS (National Health Service) is a public medical service funded by the UK taxpayer. It’s also for many UK citizens. Not only is it free (bar the taxpaying) for everyone at the point of use, but it’s also pioneering new medical technologies to boost the effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment plans.
Consequently, here’s a quickfire list of some of the lifesaving technologies the NHS currently utilizes.
Internet Appointment Booking
Waiting lists are incredibly bothersome, as is sitting around in reception for hours. After all, the NHS in England deals with over one million patients in 36 hours, so one can only imagine the demand throughout the United Kingdom. GP’s offices are frequently fully booked, and many who arrive to bag an appointment are often turned away empty-handed and asked to return another time.
It might not seem life-threatening, but it can be depending on the ailment. Thankfully, the internet drastically reduces the delays and wasted trips, as the NHS has now enabled its patients to book an appointment online, guaranteeing them a date to see a GP immediately. For a lot of people, this is far more accessible and possibly lifesaving. After all, for those with mobility issues or concerns over, say, cancerous lumps, the sooner they are seen and treated, the better.
Health and Fitness Trackers
In the past, monitoring patients would be complicated. They’d have to be taken in for a series of tests, and the results could sometimes take weeks to come through. While this is still true of some medical scenarios today, thanks to technology, there are now a few different ways to permanently monitor a patient’s more minor symptoms.
For example, the NHS now outfit their patients with health and fitness trackers, feeding back information on anything from sleep patterns, mood changes, physical activity to calorie intake. While it won’t lead to diagnosis straight away, obviously, the scale of these things can be crucial symptoms that play a larger role in more serious diseases. In the end, this level of detail will help medical staff pinpoint what’s ailing a patient more quickly.
While medical staff’s bedside manner is irrefutably important, it’s not always incredibly efficient when there’s a long waiting list. When there are many patients to get through and all their treatments to prepare, it can seem like there’s not enough time in the day for medical staff to get through everyone and really do their best work. In the end, any time-saving solutions would be a plus, such as reducing the need for paper records.
This is where E-Observations come in, allowing medical staff to improve the quality of care they provide and save money simultaneously. Instead of reducing the time they spend with the patient, they can now increase their time with those under their care by doing away with written records and accessing all their data via a portable screen instead. Patient data is now easily accessible even from a smartphone and can even provide notifications when completed.