This toolkit outlines examples of how Shelford Group trusts are using technology and digital innovations to transform outpatient services in the NHS
This toolkit brings together the work of 10 of the largest teaching and research NHS hospital trusts in England, working together under the umbrella of the Shelford Group. The emergence of new models of care using technology is a primary theme of the work of the Shelford Group transformation directors, who have summarised the progress in their organisations.
The toolkit shows how Shelford Group organisations have started to deliver many of the changes highlighted in the NHS Long Term Plan, describing how digitally enabled care can deliver faster, better access for patients.
The Shelford Group is a collaboration of 10 of the largest teaching and research NHS hospital trusts in England. Case studies from these organisations are included throughout the toolkit and include initiatives that support patients to self care; the provision of better information and advice from patient portals; and the development of wearables and apps.
This month’s newsletter from the Health Foundation explores the different impacts of automation, Artificial Intelligence and data-driven technologies on health and health care
While automation has been with us since the Industrial Revolution, recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotics are pushing the boundaries of what can be automated. In this blog from the Health Foundation, Tim Horton and Tom Hardie look at what this means for the future of our health and health services.
The Health Foundation |September 2019 | Which health care jobs are the most likely to be affected by automation?
Much has been written about the likely impact of automation and particularly the potential for job displacement. Now in a new release The Health Foundation considers: which health care jobs are the most likely to be affected by automation?
In health and social care, ONS (Office for National Statistics) analysis suggests medical practitioners have an estimated risk of automation of 18%, compared to over 50% risk for care workers and home carers.
The automation of work will impact the future labour market. Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis suggests that 7.4% of jobs in England are at high risk of automation (defined as 70% chance of being automated).
The ONS analysis estimates that medical practitioners have an 18% probability of automation, compared to over 50% probability for care workers and home carers.
However there is optimism about opportunities technology could bring too, such as creating new roles. There are also limits to the tasks that technology can perform—human skills, intelligence and perception are likely to be of enduring value
The briefing also indicates that while there will be some job displacement of the jobs we currently have; as some roles are replaced, others will be adapted and integrated with technology, and new ones will be created. As automation replaces routine tasks, people could be freed to undertake more rewarding work — as has been illustrated, for instance, through research on automation in primary care (Source: The Health Foundation).
Diseases could be detected even before people experience symptoms, thanks to a pioneering new health-data programme as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy
Businesses and charities are expected to jointly invest up to £160 million, alongside a £79 million government investment, as part of the Accelerating Detection of Disease programme. The project will support research, early diagnosis, prevention and treatment for diseases including cancer, dementia and heart disease.
The pioneering initiative will recruit up to 5 million healthy people. Volunteered data from the individuals will help UK scientists and researchers invent new ways to detect and prevent the development of diseases.
Care Quality Commission | July 2019 | Driving improvement through technology
Within the publication Driving improvement through technology the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is sharing examples of innovation identified in the course of their work; to raise awareness and to encourage health and care services to improve.
CQC have selected case studies which highlight innovations around:
Automated triage technology– includes case studies on Monitoring for people with COPD, heart failure or type 2 diabetes; Monitoring for people with COPD, heart failure or type 2 diabetes and teledermatology
Digital records- use of laptops in clients’ homes
mHealth– Real time urgent and emergency care waiting times; use of laptops by Health care workers in clients’ homes
Telecare- sensors in the home
Telemedicine– home monitoring for patients with inflammatory bowel disease,
This strategy sets out what the NHS will do to achieve its vision to continuously improve patient safety. To do this the NHS will build on two foundations: a patient safety culture and a patient safety system.
Three strategic aims will support the development of both:
• improving understanding of safety by drawing intelligence from multiple
sources of patient safety information (Insight)
• equipping patients, staff and partners with the skills and opportunities to
improve patient safety throughout the whole system (Involvement)
• designing and supporting programmes that deliver effective and sustainable
change in the most important areas (Improvement).
Forbes | June 2019| How One Junior Doctor Is Developing Tech To Modernize The NHS
A new article in Forbes magazine, highlights the work of Paediatrician, Dr Lydia Yarlott a junior doctor who is using technology to improve efficiencies across the NHS and accelerate patient care. In 2016 Dr Yarlott created Forward, a messaging platform which is a safe alternative to WhatsApp and older technology such as pagers.
Yarlott’s invention will make it easier for doctors and nurses to communicate in hospitals and give them more life-saving time. One estimate is that the NHS uses 130,000 pagers alone, which represents 10% of global usage and costs £6.6 million yearly.
Yarlott says:”We are developing Forward as a smartphone app which clinicians download for free and use to contact one another, exchange patient information and make decisions, and manage their workload,” (Source: Forbes)