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With growing pressures to the UK’s healthcare system, including tighter budgets and an ageing population, embracing innovation and adopting transformative technologies is key for organisations across the NHS to keep up with increasing demand while maintaining a service standard for patients.

However, as Simon Eccles, Chief Clinical Information Officer for the NHS and Deputy Chief Executive of NHSX, explains in this interview, adopting new technologies that are not fit-for-purpose can be detrimental to the organisation. Rolling out counterintuitive tools and applications increases the burden for medical staff, adding unnecessary challenges to their routine.

Ensuring meaningful partnerships is vital to truly tackle the challenges that affect the healthcare system. Only by prioritising effective communication, combined with the right expertise, we’ll be able to develop better solutions that allow medical staff to spend more time caring for patients and less time on administrative tasks.

Working together to build tailored solutions

One of the most common challenges doctors face is dealing with growing piles of paperwork. Being able to automate these repetitive tasks would significantly take away the time from admin work and put it right where it’s needed the most.

Working with Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), we were able to understand the diagnosis process better and develop a solution to streamline it. The result was an application that records, transcribes and analyses doctor - patient interviews automatically.

The tool recognises medical terms and presents physicians with an analysis that responds to the questions they asked during the interview, so they can review the information and transfer it to the right spot in the EMR-system with the click of a button.

This application not only cuts down significantly the time-consuming process, but also enables data analysis by following a consistent structure for all patients and departments, opening the door to Machine Learning as a way to accelerate diagnosis in the future.

Speeding the treatment process with Machine Learning

Lowering administrative burden is one of the ways in which automation can help transform the NHS, but what about being able to access better insights to increase the speed of treatment?

During our collaboration with Nico.lab, we helped them drastically shorten the diagnosis process time and accelerate stroke treatment. Working closely together, we developed a system that uses Machine Learning to quickly analyze CT scans and detect deviations, offering unparalleled insights that result in tremendous time saving.

Additionally, by hosting it in Google Cloud Platform (GCP), this data can be quickly shared between doctors in cooperating hospitals, empowering collaboration and reducing administrative tasks in cases where patients need to be transferred.

This life-changing technology translates into a faster and more confident decision-making process in a world where every minute counts.

Driving digital transformation locally

We believe a local approach is the best way to fuel ground-breaking innovation. Only by partnering with an expert team that understands the specific challenges that your organisation is facing, you’ll be able to reach tailored solutions that respond to your particular needs.

With a fit-for-purpose roadmap, the NHS will be able to empower medical staff across all levels to understand the transformative potential of technology and drive digital transformation.

At CTS, we help a wide range of organisations achieve their goals faster and smarter by unlocking the power of the latest technology. Speak to our team of experts on +44 (0) 161 871 0330 to see how we can help you outsmart your future.

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