The Royal College of Physicians found a low uptake in digital solutions in outpatient appointments, despite 70% of GPs agreeing video should be used.
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77% of GPs surveyed said they had not received any training on delivering ‘digital-first’ care to patients, such as the correct use of webcams.
NHS England committed to ensuring digital services replaced clunky paper notes when the Long Term Plan was published in January.
The toolkit could prevent up to 2,500 emergency admissions a year using digital services, saving up to £10 million according to NHS England.
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Cambridge University Hospitals and Royal Berkshire have implemented a digital sepsis blueprint released in Febriary as part of the GDE programme.
The Health and Social Care Committee said the NHS should not become a “monopoly” as it would not be in the best interest of patients.
The health secretary said the upgrade would support a promise made in the NHS Long Term Plan to improve the range and access of digital healthcare services.
The tool can be used on any device and takes staff just 30 seconds to upload details of available beds. More than 6,250 care homes have already signed up.
The Long Term Plan formally enshrines the aim to create diagnostic imaging networks. As Jennifer Trueland reports, such setups will be underpinned by the smart use of technology – and some areas are already showing the way on this front.
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