Could dashboard and analytics be the answer to the A&E waiting time crisis?
Orlando Agrippa CEO of healthcare analytics provider Draper & Dash, discusses how the technology could be used to help reduce A&E waiting times.
Accident and Emergency departments are under constant strain, and headlines about increasing waiting times make an almost constant appearance.
In fact, it was recently reported that there has been a huge spike in the number of patients being forced to wait more than 12 hours to be seen.
And earlier this month the Royal College of Surgeons suggested that surgeons should be posted at hospital front doors to turn away non-urgent patients from A&E in efforts to prevent the cancellations of routine operations due to overcrowding and ‘bed-blocking’.
In part, this is down to the sheer number of patients walking through the doors at A&E departments across the country.
But outdated administration processes and a failure to keep track of patient progress are also causing frustration, while hospitals are constantly struggling to maintain staffing levels during peak periods.
The use of digital healthcare and technology however, and data and analytics platforms, now mean it is possible for hospitals to be much more efficient in managing patients, plan staffing levels better by being able to predict peak periods, and also ensure a smoother patient journey by streamlining the administration process and flow.