Taking a look at NHS England waiting list figures

With each month’s elective waiting list data, we have come to expect new record waiting numbers with depressing regularity. This week’s figures continue that trend with the total waiting list growing to 6.4 million. There are some positive signs on activity, but this masks a growing challenge with admissions. Our director Graham Kendall has written for Digital… Read More Taking a look at NHS England waiting list figures

DHC responds to ‘Over one third of GP practices forced to stop routine care in the past year’

A survey by Pulse has found that over one third of GP practices have been forced to stop routine care in the past year. Graham Kendall, Director of Digital Healthcare Council said: “With record pressures on general practice, we need to make the most of every tool available, and digital providers can play a significant… Read More DHC responds to ‘Over one third of GP practices forced to stop routine care in the past year’

DHC responds to latest NHS waiting list data

Graham Kendall, Director of Digital Healthcare Council said: “Today’s waiting list figures remind us of the scale of the challenge ahead and underline how important it is to support those millions of patients who are currently waiting. Typically, five times as many patients on the waiting list end up receiving their care through outpatients rather… Read More DHC responds to latest NHS waiting list data

DHC response to ‘Access to and delivery of general practice services’

The Health Foundation have published a study of patients at practices using digital and online tools. Read the full report here. Graham Kendall, Director of Digital Healthcare Council said: “People want their health problems addressed efficiently and effectively. This study shows only around 10% of patients ask for a face-to-face appointment. In turn, that raises… Read More DHC response to ‘Access to and delivery of general practice services’

Responding to Why do GPs rarely do video consultations? qualitative study in UK general practice

This study highlights the importance of providing patients and clinicians with a high-quality choice in consultation type.  There will always be a role for telephone and face-to-face consultations, and the option of video consultations is an important part of that choice. With record pressure on general practice, embracing digital solutions including video consultations is a… Read More Responding to Why do GPs rarely do video consultations? qualitative study in UK general practice

At your service

Earlier today Policy Exchange’s Health and Social Care Unit published a major report, At your service, on General Practice. It’s an excellent critique with many worthwhile proposals for change. Its section on digital transformation is particularly interesting. Definitely worth reading in full, but key standouts for us on digital health include specific proposals to: Shift… Read More At your service

Research shows strong but unmet demand for digital healthcare among older people

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