Millions of NHS Patients to Get Access to Life-Saving Personal Technologies – the Good News and Bad News

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Today’s UK newspapers are running a story that millions of patients will get access to life-saving gadgets that can diagnose conditions in less than a minute, the NHS chief executive, Simon Stevens, will announce today to a conference of more than 1,000 NHS managers in Manchester.

What is being trialled is the unveiling of a new fast-track plan so that patients will be given devices and smartphone apps which can detect dangerous health problems, monitor heath conditions, and protect them from infections.

Stevens is being quoted as saying `There are huge opportunities to improve the quality of care – and also save money in other parts of the NHS – by getting millions of new med tech devices into the hands of healthcare professionals such as frontline nurses and therapists.`

At Medelinked this is a mantra that we have been repeating for a decade so we are delighted that the NHS is finally taking action.

Stevens has said around 20 devices a year – between them benefiting millions of patients – will be authorised under the national scheme, which starts next year. Some gadgets will be handed directly to patients, while others will be available in GP surgeries. But the new scheme means a team of clinical experts from NHS England and the NHS Academic Health Science Network (AHSNs) will decide each year on the top 10 or 20 innovations for the health service, which will automatically be reimbursed when prescribed. This, we think, is a key innovation.

“For people with diabetes, for people with heart disease, for pregnant women, acutely ill in-patients there are huge opportunities to improve the quality of care – and also save money in other parts of the NHS – by getting millions of new med tech devices into the hands of frontline nurses and therapists,” he was quoted on The Daily Telegraph as saying.  We couldn’t agree more!

Stevens says the changes were needed, because the health service was good at invention, but poor at making sure all patients benefited from advances.  At Medelinked we’ve been saying for years that detecting cases earlier could save the NHS large sums of money, reducing the amount of time spent on referrals to hospital, consultants’ appointments and treatment.

The bad news is hugely welcome though this announcement is there is something missing. That is a platform that ties together all the devices their information out puts and that links together the patients and the healthcare professionals that serve them so that primary healthcare becomes truly efficient and effective.

The good news is that platform is Medelinked and it’s ready to implement right now at www.medelinked.com


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