Innovative Healthcare Is On The Horizon For Healthcare Professionals
Innovative healthcare is on the horizon for healthcare professionals, meaning streamlined processes, the development of clinic-based technology and the latest technical equipment. Many organisations now show advances in technology and healthcare that have led to improvements in patient safety and efficiency of the care process. Other innovations have informed clinical research and helped support economic growth for hospitals.
But what does this mean for healthcare professionals and their patients? How will innovative healthcare impact patient outcomes, as well as healthcare practice in general? To understand the future of innovative healthcare, we first need to understand the two types of Nurse-led innovations: product innovation and process innovation.
In business terms, product innovation refers to improved or redesigned goods or services. In the medical industry, an example of a product innovation might mean a new machine or medical device that can either assist patients or improve the efficiency of healthcare workers.
Process innovation means a new or significantly improved method for the delivery of a service. In nursing, this might mean an innovate delivery of care or a streamlined back office task.
Nurses are encouraged to engage in innovative healthcare practices for two reasons.
- To improve the patient experience and outcome
- To streamline nursing practice
Innovative healthcare for healthcare professionals: what does the future hold?
Healthcare innovation might mean tackling a local issue faced by a specific practice or hospital or addressing a global challenge that will impact Nurse Leaders and Managers in the future.
On a nationwide scale, innovation in the healthcare sector has a lot to offer future generations. Some of the most significant healthcare innovations over the past few decades have, of course, stemmed from the use of information technology.
While Nurses once kept notes on handwritten charts, now they use electronic systems to store and process patient data. This means lab results, drug reports, prescription requests and overall care management are now accessible at the touch of a button.
“We’re using technology to help health and care professionals communicate better and enable people to access the care they need quickly and easily, when it suits them,” NHS England.
According to the NHS, the next five years will see healthcare innovations such as:
Digital primary care
Digital primary care will enable patients to use a variety of digital communications and technologies to access their own health records as well as other information and resources. Patients will receive access to their records at home, on the go and across a variety of healthcare settings. Patients will also be able to change their primary care providers online, empowering independent choice and decision-making.
Although future technology will help nurses, doctors and other clinicians to communicate about care, the future will see patients having far more autonomy over their health.
Advice on the go
Current pressures on emergency services and GPs have put the NHS in crisis. As a result, part of the Government’s Forward View initiative will be to help patients manage their care and seek advice on the go using the MyNHS app. This has the potential to reduce the workload of Emergency Care Nurses who often end up seeing overflow patients or working in a triage capacity.
Paperless patient files
As part of their innovative healthcare reform, the NHS are replacing paper files with secure, connected systems so information can be shared between doctors, nurses and patients more seamlessly. Ideally, this means nurses will spend less time on administrative duties and more time caring for their patients.
What is the aim of innovative healthcare in 2018?
Building on the solid foundations which are already in place in healthcare innovation, over the next five years, the NHS will support practices and hospitals to develop IT functionality which responds to the evolving needs of patients.
According to Matthew Swindells, NHS England’s Director for Commissioning Operations and Information, the aim of technology in the healthcare system is to:
- Empower patients and their families by putting the care in their hands.
- Support Clinicians in their practice by helping Doctors and Nurses practice to the height of their skill, so they have all the information to hand.
- Deliver care in the place that’s most appropriate for the patient so that Healthcare Professionals can take the care to the patient rather than the other way around.
There are many and diverse NHS innovation programmes, but each has a strong connection to the NHS Five Year Forward View’s core principles, which are as follows:
- Closing the health gap
- Closing the care and quality gap
- Closing the funding and efficiency gap
For the NHS to continue to meet patients’ changing needs in 2018 and remain financially viable, there must be a collective effort across the system to implement healthcare innovation. Digital technologies are already having a beneficial impact on efficiency among healthcare providers, but there is more to be done.
The Forward View initiative, once rolled out in full, will incorporate enhancements to the nursing profession such as diagnostics reporting, electronic discharge summaries and scheduling for beds, tests and operating theatres. Besides its cost-effectiveness, the system’s improved functionality will allow Nurses and Clinicians to make more informed and timely decisions about their patients’ care.
Other innovative solutions will be key to a sustainable NHS. These include the time-saving technologies funded by the Nursing Technology Fund, and changing the relationship between patients and their care. The latter will be achieved by using tools and initiatives such as Digital Primary Care, MyNHS and the Summary Care Record.
Is now a good time to become a nurse?
Thanks to the future of innovative healthcare and the Forward View initiative, there has never been a more promising time to become a Nurse in the UK. Whether you join the NHS or work within a private setting, future technologies promise reduced workloads, seamless patient care and better patient outcomes.
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