We're heading towards a perfect storm. We're living longer, which means more of us live with at least one long-term condition. We're putting more demand on NHS services, but the NHS is under increasing pressure, and there is a shortage of GPs. The situation is not sustainable. Something has to change, and we must reimagine general practice.
This summer we'll celebrate Vision Anywhere's third birthday. It started out as a groundbreaking solution for mobile access to patient records. For the first time, GPs could work with patient records on their phone or tablet during home visits.
The NHS is changing. It has to if it is to offer sustainable care in the future. New models of care are emerging to meet our evolving healthcare needs:
General Practice is changing. Official figures show that GP numbers are decreasing, but at the same time workload is increasing. We don't have a magic wand to make these conflicting pressures disappear. However, modern healthcare software can support General Practice as it adapts to new ways of working that depend upon collaboration and using information to improve the nation's health.
We asked practice staff how their GPs use patient records during home visits and nursing home rounds. 95% said that some or all their GPs take paper printouts to refer to. Why should GPs stop printing patient records for home visits and what is the alternative?
Earlier this year we hosted the Smarter. Faster. Better. Vision Conferences in Glasgow and Dundee. We are hitting the road again for the next round of conferences in 3 new locations.
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.
Vision will be at The Commissioning Show, Health+Care in London. Dedicated to digital transformation, healthcare re-imagination and promotion of interoperable digital solutions in integrated healthcare, our experts will be on hand to showcase our fully interoperable shared care solutions. As Europe’s largest integrated health and social care event, it brings together more than 10,000 senior health and social care professionals, commissioners, providers and suppliers, and should not be missed.