With the NHS turning 70 this year, we’re having big conversations around the future of healthcare in the UK. It’ll come as no surprise that everyone’s talking about the power of innovation and technology.
Healthcare professionals from all sectors have been discussing the best use of technology to carry us into the future of healthcare. The general technological advancements in the past 10 years have been staggering. Developments in artificial intelligence and 3D printing have evolved significantly in 2018 alone. Why then, are we still constrained by out-of-date practices such as faxing prescriptions and keeping paper records?
Healthcare is perpetually a step behind private enterprise in adopting innovations. As we talk more and more about where the NHS will be in 2030, we should focus our attention on the power of today.
Speaking at the recent NHS Expo, Matt Hancock delivered his plans for a more tech-driven NHS. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care warned that ‘money alone is not enough’. Our attitudes, education and adoption of the resources available to us will have the biggest impact on shaping healthcare for the future. Not only does this mean that we must learn new practices, but that innovation in healthcare should be widely encouraged and explored.
Mr. Hancock continued,
“Now is the moment to put the failures of the past behind us, and set our sights on the NHS being the most cutting-edge system in the world for the use of technology to improve our health, make our lives easier, and make money go further.”
Harnessing the power of today
Mr. Hancock recently visited Salford Royal’s Digital Experience Centre, which boasts new innovative technology that has the potential to transform the face of British healthcare. The centre is open for the public to come and explore the power of today.
PillTime is one of the proud exhibitors, with our dispensing robots and optical recognition technology set up to demonstrate new efficiencies in pharmacy.
Sky News recently referenced this technology as ‘part of Matt Hancock’s personal prescription for the NHS.’ You can watch the news story here.
Making medication simple
With technology like this, we can shape the future of healthcare today.
Our state-of-the-art dispensing and image recognition technology has set new standards of dispensing accuracy and adherence, ultimately reducing the risk of medication errors and serious complications to patient health.
We use a winning combination of cutting-edge technology and experienced pharmacists to sort medication into clearly labelled, dose-specific pouches. These pouches can be completely tailored to the patient’s unique requirements. Pouches are dispensed on a roll in the order they need to be taken. We then deliver medication to patients’ doors, along with any other items they may need, at no cost to them.
The immediate relief this technological process can provide for health services is staggering. It has the potential to instantly reduce medication errors, waste, patient non-adherence and the extortionate costs associated with them.
Efficiency in healthcare
Gone are the days when highly-trained pharmacists need to spend hours fulfilling laborious tasks such as sorting medication into trays. They can now use their time more efficiently to deliver high-value support to patients. Our medication solution works seamlessly with both the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) and electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD). This helps reduce the workload and burden associated with repeat prescriptions, ensuring the prescribing process is as efficient as possible.
Tailored healthcare for the masses
The PillTime dispensing process is not restricted by capacity. The technology and expertise is already in place, so that all patients can benefit from personalised compliance aids at no extra cost or workload for our already overworked doctors and pharmacists.
Our service promotes patient education, so that they can better manage their own health, where appropriate. Tailored medication reduces the risk of long-term complications and hospital admissions that arise as a result of medication errors. Out of this comes less medication waste, reduced costs of treating health complications and better patient outcomes.
Uniting for the future
Mr. Hancock noted that healthcare suffers when different sectors use different systems that don’t work harmoniously together. We want to unite doctors, nurses, GPs and pharmacists to start building our future today.
If you’re interested in working with us or would like some more information about our service, please email HCP@pilltime.co.uk.