Utilising digital technology to enable whole - system integration in healthcare: How integrated digital healthcare is helping to transform the NHS.

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Integrated care aims to improve patient experience, achieve higher levels of efficiency and extract value from care delivery systems within a healthcare economy. However, whilst integrating care delivery and enabling care providers within a local health economy to work together is an admirable goal, it is often very difficult to achieve. The aim of integrated care is to address fragmentation in services and enable more coordinated, continuous, and ultimately safer and improved care for patients.

Historically, the main barrier to achieving streamlined integration is having access to real-time data. Often the systems themselves do not have the ability or tools to communicate effectively, or they sit on servers not accessible outside of the host organisation, which makes it unviable for providers to integrate. The complexities involved in changing every system would make it extremely challenging and exceptionally expensive, so having the ability to use the existing infrastructure in an alternative manner, and joining the dots for them, is a preferable route.

Supporting this vision of integrated digital healthcare, is VitalHub UK, a leading group of health technology organisations, simplifying the complexities of data integration, in planned and unplanned care.

VitalHub UK’s award-winning portfolio of solutions are playing a pivotal role in supporting the NHS to unite healthcare providers with a cross-system approach to care delivery. Delivering digital transformation at scale, the range of innovative solutions includes tools to effectively manage patient flow, demand and capacity, discharge optimisation, whole-system visibility, patient activity and operational processes.

This utilisation of live data sharing helps to deliver the prescriptive intelligence required to empower decision makers with key information to better co-ordinate and streamline patient care services across any geographical footprint.

Providing a critical strategic overview of growing pressure, in both urgent and emergency and elective care pathways across a region, it helps to load balance and support mutual aid transfers between providers, enabling an integrated, tactical response to reduce pressure, resolve delays and improve care delivery services. Our solutions are creating a joined-up technological infrastructure at trust level that can also be scaled across geographical regions to national level.

We know that safe and timely performance in healthcare will continue to be an ongoing challenge, but the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have placed significant additional pressure on the NHS. Siloed working practices cause unnecessary supplemental pressure on services when support could be easily accessed through the utilisation of real-time digital solutions.