Traditional primary care services are reactive. A patient feels ill or experiences symptoms that cause them to visit their GP. During the patient consultation, the GP may make a diagnosis, request tests or refer to a specialist. We accept this approach to healthcare, but with the pressures facing the NHS, we should be looking for alternatives.
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.
Population health is the science of improving healthcare at scale. It's how towns, cities, and CCGs or health boards manage their patients' health at a macro level. As well as improving outcomes, it can help service providers to make better use of resources.
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.
Anticoagulants help prevent blood clots, reducing the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Warfarin is the most widely prescribed anticoagulant in the UK. Carefully monitoring each patient's dose of warfarin is essential. This can be time-consuming, even for practices with a small number of patients taking anticoagulants.
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Vision has a range of clinical decision support templates and advanced data entry forms. The common goals of these intelligent healthcare solutions are to encourage:
- more efficient use of GP time
- fast and simple health improvement, targeted at specific cohorts
They are all available centrally-funded for GP practices in England. Find out how to get them and start using them.
A recent study written by Newcastle University and published in The Lancet asks if late-life dependency is increasing. The study reports that older people are living longer with substantial care needs. Most will live in the community and need collaborative health and social care.
How can GPs make sure they know about every frail person? This is the fundamental first step to putting appropriate care plans in place.
Kidney Research UK has reported some alarming statistics about chronic kidney disease (CKD)1:
- between 2005 and 2015 there was a 31.7% global increase in the number of people dying from CKD
- the burden of the disease increased by 19.6%
- estimates suggest that three million lives are at risk from CKD. As many as one million of these cases are undiagnosed
An early diagnosis helps GPs to manage and control cases. This means fewer patients are in a state of decline and fewer patients die early from the disease.