NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I) has published Integrating Care: Next steps to building strong and effective integrated care systems across England which sets out their view for the strategic direction of system working and outlines a consultation on two new proposals to put Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) on a statutory footing. To help our members… Read More Next steps for ICSs – all you need to know
The latest GP appointment stats covering October have led some observers to fanfare that the level of GP appointments is now at pre-pandemic levels. But that conclusion is only partially true, and more fundamentally, perhaps it also misses the point. It is accurate that the total number of appointments in October was 28.2 million and… Read More GP appointment bounce back masks nationwide variation
Writing in Open Access Government, DHC Director, Graham Kendall outlines what has worked in response to Covid, and what needs to change. He highlights the need to: focus on integrating solutions that prioritise the user experience support and empower local users to choose solutions that work for them spend wisely, and avoid duplicating expenditure work… Read More Lessons from COVID-19: How can healthcare change for the better?
Commenting in City AM, DHC Director, Graham Kendall discusses reasons for why digital health is set to grow over the long-term. “These fundamental pressures [e.g. demographic changes and long-term conditions] and an increasing patient appetite for accessible, always-on care, will drive innovation in digital healthcare and encourage widespread adoption over the foreseeable future”. Read the… Read More Healthtech: are ‘virtual’ doctors here to stay?
The latest waiting time figures show the length of time waiting has grown again. It’s understandable due to the shut down in activity earlier in the year because of Covid and difficulties resuming activity due to social distancing and infection control. Nevertheless, the figures are both startling and concerning, writes DHC Director, Graham Kendall. Some… Read More Waiting times grow again
Commenting further to a recent article in Digital Health News about difficulties with the remote monitoring frames, DHC Director, Graham Kendall said: “In an ideal world we would all avoid errors, but it’s vital to correct them when they are arise so I would pay credit to CCS for being responsive and taking prompt action… Read More Give Trusts choice
July’s rise in GP appointment numbers is welcome but it masks a steepening fall year-on-year. Despite this grim pattern, areas using DHC members for video consultations continue to buck the trend, writes DHC Director, Graham Kendall. July’s GP appointment data show a mixed picture. There were more than 22.4 million appointments. That’s an increase of… Read More Online providers buck the trend
As part of NHS England’s Phase Three response to COVID-19, patient-initiated follow up processes (PIFU) have been recommended for use in secondary care. DHC Director, Graham Kendall commented on the new guidance in Digital Health News saying that evidence “overwhelmingly” suggests that patients who are actively involved in managing their care do much better. “Given… Read More Ensure support for digital based patient-initiated follow ups
DHC Director, Graham Kendall, analyses the latest GP appointment data and notices those CCGs that use DHC members for video consultations are at the forefront of resuming services. The latest GP appointment data runs up to the end of June 2020. While the volume of GP appointments is still down by 11.5% year-on-year across the… Read More Online providers lead the recovery
Writing in Digital Health News, DHC Director, Graham Kendall, outlines what’s worked, and what needs to change, identifying five key lessons: Focus on integrating solutions Support and empower local users to choose solutions that work for them. Avoid spending money twice – if a local service wants, and is willing to pay for, a more… Read More Lessons from Covid