O2 health will find better ways to deliver healthcare.
As the NHS faces increasing demand on its resources, O2 Health is helping trusts and private organisations deliver better care, more efficiently. As an o2 Centre of Excellence Partner, Cellular Solutions is ideally placed to bring all the knowledge, skill sets, products and solutions that O2 Health has on offer to your Primary Care Trust, Health Centre, GP Practice, Care Home or anybody involved in health care. Contact us today on 08700118000, use our contact form or email our Health Solutions Consultants direct to discuss the benefits of O2 Health.
O2 Health: Finding better ways to deliver healthcare
Over the last decade, the annual budget for the NHS has more than doubled. But frontline NHS investment will increase at a slower rate over the next two years.
And demand for healthcare will continue to grow; an ageing population, new technology and increasing patient expectations will all place greater pressure on budgets. Today, £1 of every £13 (7.7% GDP) produced by the UK economy is spent on healthcare.
As the healthcare sector faces up to this challenge, O2 health is helping NHS trusts and healthcare organisations deliver better care, more efficiently.
We do this by focusing on the needs of patients and the NHS teams that care for them, then using technology to make a positive impact on the way care is given.
O2 Health: Working with community teams
With the increasing need for care to be given closer to home, the way community teams are structured and supported will be crucial.
O2 health can help. Our consultancy approach means that we work directly with clinical teams to understand their needs and routines, before making recommendations.
We’re experts in improving communication between community healthcare teams and between teams and patients.
We do this by connecting clinicians to their key health systems, like electronic patient records, wherever they are. And we make sure different systems talk to each other.
This means staff can manage diaries and care records, and update activity reports, remotely, without having to travel back to base. And by replacing manual, repetitive tasks with seamless flows of information, and creating more efficient ways of working, skilled professionals have their time freed to care.
Our work with NHS Rotherham shows how we can help community teams go mobile, and increase the time they spend with patients.
O2 Health: Spend time with patients, not paperwork
Reducing the amount of time that clinical staff spends on paperwork and admin is one of the most important challenges that the healthcare sector faces.
According to the Royal College of Nursing, NHS nurses use one fifth of their working hours – that’s 1.6 million hours per week – on non-essential paperwork.
Using Destiny Digital pens cuts this time radically. It sends notes and information in forms straight to an electronic file as they’re written. There’s little training required, or changes to the way that people work. It keeps paper trails in place, if they’re needed. And you don’t have to worry about messy handwriting either.
Patient records can be updated remotely too, while also providing proof that a carer was at a particular place at a particular time.
The DESTINY digital pen technology we put in place for community midwives in Portsmouth has made big improvements to the way they work. It’s one example where we’ve worked closely with an NHS Trust, to create more time for staff to care.
O2 Health: Vital information, anywhere
Continuous learning, having access to the right information and sharing improvements in techniques and practices are central to the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention agenda (QIPP).
O2 health can help heathcare organisations, by providing the data that clinical professionals need when they’re on the move, safely and securely. Whether that’s patients’ information and records, or material that helps medical and nursing students while they’re learning.
At Leeds University’s medical school 520 fourth and fifth year students have been issued with iPhones, pre-loaded with apps that will help them in their studies.
Students will be able to record notes on cases that they’ve just observed or participated in. They’ll also get access to electronic versions of key textbooks and reference works, like the British National Formulary, the manual for prescribing drugs.
As Claire Bird, a fourth-year student said, “In the past I've had to borrow copies of the British National Formulary from the wards I'm working on. Then I've had to go and find a place to sit down and take a note from it, and then carry it back to its home – all of which takes up valuable time in a practice setting. Having the entire handbook at my fingertips on the iPhone will be so much more efficient.”
O2 Health: Keeping lone care workers safe
Organisations are now responsible for any management failure when it comes to lone workers. Especially recognising then controlling the risks they face.
In healthcare this is especially important, as more and more staff care for patients in their homes. 54,758 physical assaults were reported during 2008-9 on NHS staff working in all care sectors.
O2 health can help to keep lone workers safe. We can work with you to design and implement systems that provide discreet alarms, 24/7 monitoring of lone workers and emergency response if needed.
Which means your people will be safe, confident and able to focus on patient care. You can read how we did exactly this for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
O2 Health: Cutting waiting times and ‘did not attends’
One of the biggest costs the NHS faces is due to patients missing their appointments.
According to the Department of Health, ‘did not attends’ (DNAs) cost £614m every year. Missed outpatient appointments lose the NHS in Scotland around £12 million a year. And Imperial College London reckons the total is even higher, at £789m, and has suggested that the NHS could save up to £370m a year simply by texting appointment reminders to patients.
We’re experts in setting up text messaging and reminder systems that offer a way to keep in touch with hard-to-reach patients.
Appointment reminders aren’t the only thing that can be sent. Notes about prescriptions and medications, health promotion information and test results are ideal for texts, and can be dispatched from within a GP practice, a hospital or even an entire trust.
As well as costing less than current ways of getting in touch with patients, it also means they can get important information back to you.