Throughout the pandemic digital health providers have routinely demonstrated how remote consultations can help clinicians tackle the pressures of Covid, not only by acting as a form of infection control, but also by improving efficiency and capacity. Now digital healthcare is facing increasing scrutiny and it’s time to consider whether people are focusing on the… Read More Remote consultations should be seen as part of the general practice package of care
A couple of pieces of interesting research recently show that: Over 50s are less likely to have accessed online consultations in the UK during the first lockdown Older patients prefer digital health tools to in-person consultations Research commissioned by Visiba Care looked at rates of online consultations including video consultations and online consultations such as… Read More Research shows strong but unmet demand for digital healthcare among older people
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
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
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
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
Commenting in Digital Health News about the Government’s drive for GP consultations to take place remotely “unless there’s a compelling reason not to”, DHC Director says this should be about “asking what’s the best way to respond to each patient, for every encounter”. “In many circumstances, the best option for both the GP and the… Read More Use remote consultation drive to ask what’s the best way to respond to each patient, every time
Speaking in the HSJ about NHS plans to develop a more pluralistic market for digital outpatient appointments, DHC Director, Graham Kendall said: “Over the past few years the centre has made a consistent and compelling case for the importance of moving on from the era of top-down procurements and one-size-fits-all approaches. “We all understand the… Read More Plans to end ‘messy’ tech deal
DHC Director, Graham Kendall, explores trends in the latest GP appointment data and highlights how experiences vary across the country. As discussed in this article for the HSJ, the official data contain highly suspect figures to say the least. Despite these reservations, especially about online appointment rates, trends relating to total number of appointments are… Read More What’s happening with GP appointments?