There is huge value in giving nurses access to data on what is happening across their ward or organisation.
For a start, it helps them deliver the right care to the right patient at the right time, and so avoids patients being kept in hospital unnecessarily.
Many organisations are investing in software to make this possible. For instance, Cambio is working with a number of providers, including Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS). Previously the trust's only way of obtaining patient data was contacting all community teams and nurses individually by phone or email,
but information becomes quickly outdated in a process that is time consuming and open to error.
With the technology now connecting organisations across Lincoln, community teams and nurses have real-time access to caseload management; bed capacity; planned availability and acute discharges; and RAG boards, providing an at-a-glance overview of multi-agency capacity.
Being able to access patient data from anywhere on any device and have one version of the truth has saved community nurses time and massively reduced duplication. This new way of working has also had a big impact on patients. Not only are patients discharged earlier from their acute stay – length of stay has been reduced from seven to four and a half weeks – but many are avoiding an admission entirely.
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