In 2019, the NHS published their long-term plan. The NHS Long Term Plan lays out a new service model for 21st century, one of the key areas it addresses is the need for digitally-enabled primary and outpatient care to go mainstream across the NHS. This will enable patients and their carers the ability to better manage their health and condition.
Clinicians will be able to access and interact with patient records and care plans wherever they are. Support for people with long-term conditions will be improved by interoperability of data, mobile monitoring devices and the use of connected home technologies
At Whzan, we’ve committed to supporting the success of this plan – developing our technology to match the objectives laid out in the plan as well as the approach needed to achieve them.
The plan commits to five areas of focus:
1. Doing things differently
2. Preventing illness and tackling health inequalities
3. Backing the workforce
4. Making better use of data and digital technology
5. Getting the most of out of taxpayers’ investment
Whilst our work is most obviously linked to point 4 – we would actually say Whzan technology can play a key role in achieving all five. Our technology offers a way to embrace alternative ways of working and enable early interventions to prevent and reduce further illness. It’s also specifically designed to simplify the workload of clinicians and care professionals – reducing admin and allowing them to focus on patients.
As well as developing our technology to align with the long-term plan, we’ve been working with NHS England in a project to set a minimum standard for systems interoperability for virtual wards. We’ve supplied the detail of a Whzan link to the Lincolnshire shared care records as the initial template. This link went operational in spring 2021 and transfers the constituent components of the NEWS2 score along with a PDF of the NEWS2 chart.
We have just completed the development of a new integration with NHS Care Identity – enabling clinicians to access Whzan using their NHS single-sign-on (SSO) credentials or Smart Card.
The pressure the NHS has been under in recent years has been well-publicised and the extra challenges created by the pandemic have undoubtedly set their long-term plan back. We’re determined to do whatever we can to help get it back on track and will continue to work with NHS to ensure we provide the best possible support.
Stay tuned for more on this in the future.