NHS Long Term Plan – an opportunity to build on digital patient safety advances

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Patientrack general manager Donald Kennedy responds to the NHS Long Term Plan

“Patient safety has been deservedly recognised as one of ten priority areas in a strengthened efficiency and productivity programme, described in the NHS Long Term Plan. A new ten-year national strategy is now expected in 2019 focussing on improving patient safety and reducing harm. With emphasis throughout the long term plan on the role of digital as an enabler, this is an opportunity to reflect at a national level on how parts of the NHS have pioneered in the use of technology to keep patients safe and support healthcare professionals in delivering care.

“Patientrack has collaborated with many hospitals that have innovated with digital technology to reduce risks to patients from deadly conditions such as sepsis, acute kidney injury, and avoidable cardiac arrests. Through helpful reminders and early warnings such as NEWS2, better visibility of patients that need intervention and real-time support for clinical pathways and the patient journey, many of these hospitals have transformed clinical practice, and have created a strong evidence base for how technology can be used to avoid harm and help with patient care. This opportunity to expand such best practice to the wider NHS must be embraced.”