Software has come on in leaps and bounds over the last 10 years and it is now an integral part of our daily lives. But this is not only because more functionality is available. Changes in how we interact with the software have had a massive impact.
There is a growing number of clinical decision support templates and corresponding advanced data entry forms available to GP practices that integrate with all the major GP IT systems.
Our very own Russell Blackmore (now head of all things commercial) was featured on Sky TV recently as part of a programme on Executive TV looking into intelligent healthcare.
People with learning disabilities have poorer physical and mental health than other people and die younger. But many of these deaths are avoidable, not inevitable. You can use Vision to highlight potential interventions and improve the quality of care for these patients.
Congratulations to Grant Oliver, who has won the prestigious Special Recognition Award at the Public Sector Paperless Awards in his role as IT Project Manager, Richmond GP Alliance (RGPA). They nominated Grant for his "tireless contribution to the transformation of digital practice in Richmond". They are the first organisation to deliver an end-to-end interoperability solution that benefits the local community.
Be confident that ongoing prescriptions for high risk drugs issued in your community are safe.
Research shows that some patients with severe frailty are at risk of dying in the next 6-12 months. Your Vision system now includes an Electronic Frailty Index (EFI) calculator and a template to assist you when managing patients with severe frailty.
One of the most frequent requests we receive from GPs is for intelligent repeat medication synchronisation.
Many patients have lots of repeat medication and it's common for these prescriptions to run out at different times. This means patients are called for multiple appointments for medication reviews, which:
- wastes GP time
- fills up appointment slots that could be made available to other patients
- wastes admin time calling and recalling patients
- is frustrating for patients
Vision Anywhere is our clinical app for iPad and iPhone, Android and Windows that is being used extensively where mobile access to patient records is required. We have been working hard behind the scenes adding significant new functionality to bring Vision Anywhere to the Windows desktop and the in-practice environment.
A recent pilot study1 showed that just under 40% of patients in Scotland missed one or more appointments during a 3-year period and 10% missed three or more appointments.
We have been working closely with Greenwich CCG and they have achieved some great results which we wanted to share with you.
In 2014, Greenwich had the highest rate of years of life lost due to avoidable death in South East London. The CCG was aware, that compared to the national average, recorded prevalence rates for four key long term conditions were low across the area, meaning that there was a sizable group of local residents that were potentially undiagnosed and untreated.