Aire Logic was delighted to sponsor the Driving the Dream of Integrated Health and Care Services event last night, attended by over 70 health and care professionals from around the Yorkshire and Humber area as well as some from further afield. The event was hosted at the White Cloth gallery and was opened by Beverley Bryant, Founding Ambassador of One HealthTech.
At times, the dream of having integrated information across a variety of health care settings, improving patient care and ensuring services are delivered efficiently, seems to be difficult to achieve. But, as Beverley Bryant observed, “We really need to get data moving around the system efficiently to make care better for the population.” The inspiring examples of Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and Leeds Community Health at the event last night gave an insight into what can be accomplished, and what is already working ‘on the ground.’
Amir Mehrkar – co-Founder of INTEROPen & Senior Clinical Lead for Interoperability at NHS Digital talked about the importance of standards such as Care Connect as an enabler for interoperability at scale, but reminded the audience that “If we think it’s just technology – we’ll fail. It’s people culture and technology working together”.
Simon Eccles, Senior Responsible Officer for Interoperability, NHS Digital noted, “We need to be getting data out that is useful, usable and used – and we need to get the critical mass doing it.” Martin Waugh from Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust demonstrated just some of the benefits data sharing can have by providing updates on The Leeds Care Record (LCR), now delivering integrated information across community health, mental health, GPs, acute services and social care, to name a few. The sharing of information has allowed a number of professionals to quickly view patient data at the point of care, enabling them to respond to any changing patient needs and plan discharge more effectively. In addition, so far the Leeds Care Record is estimated to have provided around £3m worth of efficiencies. The LCR development has been underpinned by an eForms platform, delivered in collaboration with Aire Logic.
Mark Simpson from Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust also shared the positive impact patient facing forms has had both for the service and patients. The innovative transformation team at the Trust has improved patient engagement in their Dietetics service using the Aire Logic forms4health tool. The patient receives a link to complete a form on their mobile device at their convenience. They can record their current symptoms and any improvements or deterioration. The form is then logged on the patient record prior to the patient’s next consultation, allowing the clinician to be better prepared for the consultation and make better use of face to face time. Mark said “The change to the patient experience (of using forms4health), is a massive benefit to our work…The feedback so far has been really positive, and we’re delighted that patients have said they feel the form is easy to use, and helps them to feel more involved in their care.”
Integration at scale can be daunting, but the event last night showed how progress can be made facing this challenge, and how working collaboratively can help to overcome it. Driving the Dream of Integrated Health and Care Services was something we all felt passionately about, but Amanda Neylon, Digital Delivery Director for Urgent and Emergency Care at NHS Digital, asked the question “Are we driving fast enough?” It was clear that all our attendees were keen to drive faster, and these examples inspired many at the event to explore manageable, collaborative solutions, as described by the Leeds Trusts. Now these pioneering projects have started to deliver, and there’s clear evidence of the benefits, maybe more healthcare providers will start moving into the fast lane!
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