The Pursuit of a Paperless National Health Service

Guest post by Jonathan Elliott, Xerox Director and General Manager of Public Sector

Jonathan Elliott

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.

Health+Care, the UK’s largest digital health show, begins on June 27. Over the course of two days, an audience of eHealth professionals will discuss and tackle the big industry issues, including the digital future of the National Health Service (NHS).

The shift to digitize paper-based processes remains a prominent issue. The Department of Health has been pushing for the NHS to go paperless for years — a transition that will improve health services across the board, increase patient safety and achieve billions in savings.

Xerox is working with the NHS to address this, and we’re attending Health + Care to showcase what’s possible.

Over 80 Million Pages Scanned for Digital Access

In pursuit of the vision of a paperless NHS, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital partnered with Xerox to digitize its records management processes. They’ve already scanned over 80 million pages to provide digital and mobile-friendly access to information across its clinics and admissions centers.

Roger Long, program manager at the hospital, is presenting at the event at 3.45 pm on Wednesday, June 27 in Digital Theatre 1. He’ll use this opportunity to outline the hospital’s 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 saves hours every week for health workers, allowing them to focus their efforts on patient care and make more informed decisions.

Building The Digital Future of Healthcare IT

As part of a stimulating program of sessions, other key figures are presenting at the event, including NHS England’s Juliet Bauer (Chief Digital Officer, NHS England).

Health+Care 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. Y Soft will be joining us on the stand to demonstrate how its Automated Scan Workflows can efficiently and securely digitize and deliver searchable patient healthcare records into leading electronic medical records systems.

We look forward to seeing you at our stand — M42 at Health+Care.

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