Nurses in NHS hospitals using Nugensis Health’s digital careflow solutions report having time for tea breaks. In the UK, this extra time with patients and the ability to take breaks couldn’t come at a better time.
Not Enough Time
According to a 2013 study published in BMJ Quality & Safety, 86 percent of nurses report leaving at least one caregiving task unfinished at the end of their shifts. The nurses surveyed cited lack of time as the main culprit in not being able to complete caregiving tasks like comforting and educating patients.
Scottish digital platform reduces redundancies
The Nugensis platform is built around an app called WardView, which was developed according to the needs of the Scottish health boards. WardView displays up-to-date overviews of current in-patients, including treatment progress, and has led to significant workflow efficiencies.
The system gives full visibility of what is happening across hospital and cuts down on phone calls, and assists with the flow of patients in the hospital, reducing delays,
WardView improves patient flow throughout the hospital system by streamlining admission, discharge, and/or transfer. Caregivers are able to view the entire ward’s census in real-time, including any medical alerts, pending referrals, medication schedules and discharge plans. The app is available on large touch screens for central locations, such as nurses stations, and also on portable devices to allow the staff to move patients through the system quickly and safely—even from the bedside.
WardView’s up-to-the-minute census capabilities also allow hospitals to use resources like meal ordering and delivery, laundry service, and pharmacy orders more efficiently.
According to Nugensis—and the cash-strapped NHS seems to agree—WardView generates results. The company claims WardView reduces the average length of hospital stay by 16-20 percent and cut multidisciplinary team meeting time in half.
After an initial investment of $3.4 million (US) for a 2013 trial, the Scottish government quickly sought additional funding to implement WardView in other hospital settings. Approximately 87% of Scottish acute care hospitals now use Nugensis Health products.
Jane Davidson, interim Chief Executive Officer for NHS Borders, said:
This technology helps clinicians to do the job they want to do – provide safe, quality care for their patients. It’s part of how we work on our wards in NHS Borders. It is available for all to see at a glance and means that sharing information is easy and that next steps for patients can be planned.
While many other complementary Nugensis offerings exist, my favorites include:
- TaskView – Gives on-the-spot patient information on a caregiver’s mobile device at the point-of-care, enabling informed decision making and ensuring that no detail falls through the cracks. Additionally, TaskView allows for instant encounter recording, reducing the burden of manual data entry.
- PSATView – With easy-to-understand icons, this Patient Satisfaction Survey app allows patients to rate and share their experiences in real-time. Survey results are available instantly, enabling staff to respond to issues quickly. Integrates with WardView to identify which patients, in which beds, need additional attention because they are unsatisfied.
- CareView – This app offers a secure, real-time view of home-care patients by location and status. Physicians and other caregivers can plot their travel using interactive maps, freeing them to spend more time on patient care. According to a company report, 76.5 percent of the first 200 patients in CareView avoided acute admissions and were successfully treated in their own homes.
Nugensis began in Glasgow as a software and technology development company. Its business streamlining solutions are significant players in the company’s chosen markets of oil and gas (global) and health IT (within the NHS).
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