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PATIENT CARE


they also have the capability to improve the provision of care to patients in the community. Traditional medical care models no longer cater adequately for patient needs today due to insufficient on-site facilities, a chronic lack of IT resources, and the proverbial predicaments of unreliable public transport. Consequently, high rates of non-attendance at appointments result in rising costs on emergency services and potentially poor patient health outcomes. Clinicians are concerned for the welfare of those people who serially miss appointments because their health may continue to deteriorate and, consequently, they are potentially putting themselves at greater risk by non-attendance. In addition, estimates indicate that the cost of missed UK general practice appointments (GP community-based family medicine) can total over £150 million per year. Research has shown that conducting


‘virtual’ consultations enables medical staff to seamlessly conduct a diagnosis without the need for patients to actually be in the presence of the doctor. At the heart of a virtual clinic is secure video conferencing, instant messaging, and smart meeting room systems that simplify communications complexity for a life-changing experience. Benefits to using intuitive technology include limiting the patient’s travel to a hospital resulting in improved patient satisfaction, reduced stress levels and maximised clinician time. Providing patient-centred video healthcare to communities offers enormous scope for national health services around the world to eliminate unnecessary repeat consultations, difficulties in logistic on-site attendance, delays in diagnosis and prescription orders. For example, offering a patient with mobility issues the option to receive a virtual consultation at their local GP rather than travelling many miles to a distant specialist is now possible with quality video conferencing, video calling, instant messaging, and all operated securely by cloud-based solutions that are easy to use. On-site meeting room systems set up in clinics, hospitals, and surgeries can also be installed for quality room video conferencing along with various audio and control options that seamlessly connect to other multiple trusts running a variety of different technologies – a compelling combination of flexibility, reliability, and security. With integrated easy-to-use systems, doctors and physicians are better enabled to serve more patients in one day of clinical practice and improve levels of consultation satisfaction. A good example is antenatal care, where conducting virtual appointments could save heavily pregnant women from making long, tiring and unnecessary trips to the hospital.


A clean bill of health


Doctors have an ethical, legal, and contractual duty to protect patient


MAY 2019


confidentiality and provide the very best care possible. The need for a secure means of communication is clear: one single breach of patient confidentiality could result in numerous patient complaints or even a disciplinary action from governing authorities, whether that is the result of doctors using a free messaging app to communicate, or an unreliable video


communication solution used in a virtual clinic.


The prognosis suggests the remedy is less WhatsApp and more of what’s essential in healthcare – safety, reliability, and robust communications. As the medical profession looks for cost-effective solutions, now is the time to keep its finger on the pulse of innovation and safeguard patient care. CSJ


Smart traceability is here


Introducing the new trophon2 with AcuTraceTr trophon2’ s AcuTrace is a simple-to-use traceability system for ultrasound probe high


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level disinfection. It captures all requir ed traceability information and automatically delivers accurate, digital disinfection reports.


Add AcuTrace PLUS to Tr o integrate trophon2 with your hospital IT system. Access data


throughout your facility and export it to your preferred locat ion. This may be a local radiology reporting solution, a decontamination track and trace solution or a hospital- wide electronic patient r ecord.


AcuTrace PLUS also offffers parametric release for complete, comprehensive records. sIt’’ the ultimate customised solution for streamlined workflows and audit-ready reporting.


Call 01484 860581 for a fr ee demonstration


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Ni E ope Limited. T: 01484 860581 | E: ukinfo@nanosonics.co.uk | www.nanosonics.co.uk Nanosonics Eur ope GmbH, (EU Representative), Poppenbütteler Bogen 66, 22399 Hamburg, Germany T: +49 40 46856885 | E: info@nanosonics.eu | www.nanosonics.eu. Important note: all connectivity, configuration and integration with customer IT systems is the responsibility of the customer. MM01328-UK-AD V01


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