Is Paper Stifling Healthcare Efficiency?

Guest post by Jonathan Elliot, General Manager, Health Sector, Xerox UK

For healthcare to work better, clinicians need the latest information at their fingertips and all in one place, whether that’s historical notes, appointment times or patient prescriptions.

EHI Live, the UK’s largest digital health show begins on 3rd November and an audience of eHealth professionals will be attending to tackle the big industry issues, including NHS’ digital future.

The shift to digitise paper based processes remains a prominent issue. The Department of Health has been pushing for the NHS to go paperless for years; a transition which will improve health services across the board, achieve billions in savings and help meet the challenges presented by our aging population.

Xerox is working with the NHS to address this and is attending EHI Live to showcase what is possible.

In pursuit of the vision of a paperless NHS, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust partnered with Xerox to digitise its records management processes and has already scanned over 81 million pages to provide digital and mobile friendly access to information across its clinics and admissions centres.

James Longmore, director of Asset Management & ICT at the Trust is presenting at the event at 2pm on Tuesday afternoon and will use this as an opportunity to outline its paper-less journey with Xerox so far, before detailing the recorded impacts on patient care. By eliminating the need to search for physical records in cabinets, the new system is saving hours every week for health workers, allowing them to focus their efforts on patient care and make more informed decisions.

As part of a stimulating programme of sessions, other key figures are presenting at the event, including NHS England’s Beverley Bryant, (Director of Digital Technology) and Tim Kelsey, (National Director of Patients and Information).

EHI Live is a key opportunity to address future use of information in healthcare. Considering the ongoing aim to improve patient access and quality, adapting to our new digital era is essential to advancements in healthcare IT.

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