A recent survey by Deloitte concluded that we're addicted to our phones. We've all seen the smartphone zombies who check in on their friends and take selfies at every opportunity. Let's not forget that our phones can save us time and enrich our professional lives too. There are many apps you can use on the move, seeing patients during your working day.
The new models of care in Scotland introduce collaborative care and multidisciplinary teams. A more extensive range of healthcare professionals will assess and treat patients. For safe and effective care, the whole team must use one set of electronic medical records.
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.
We live in the information age, where digital data rules our lives. There's no doubt that computerisation and electronic records have transformed healthcare services. But there is a downside. Capturing the data during consultations creates a barrier between doctors and their patients. At Vision, we're using machine learning to transform healthcare software. We want doctors to interact with their patients, not their computers.
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?
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.