Every day the NHS helps millions of people in a variety of ways, from simple outpatient appointments to major life-changing surgeries. However, the work and care provided by this service is something that regularly needs to be reviewed, improved and updated to ensure the best standard is provided to those that need it.

This is where technology is really making a difference, as today almost all aspects of the NHS require technological assistance. What follows below are a few examples of how tech is being used to improve patient care and access.

PAS Platforms

The days of having to visit multiple medical departments and also needing to get confirmation for anything from prescriptions to being discharged are now coming to an end, thanks to things like PAS platforms.

This modular software can be installed in hospitals and GP surgeries across the country and can essentially streamline and improve the speed of communication between medical centres and departments on a local and national scale. Information can also be relayed across these systems, again improving on speed and efficiency.

Wearable Tech

Smartwatches are becoming increasingly common for leisure purposes, but similar technologies are also now becoming used in the medical world.

Wearable devices can be used by patients for a number of practical reasons to help them with their conditions and to provide a better quality of life. This could involve them receiving reminders to take medications, or for appointments. As well as this, the devices can also monitor vital signs, report on these and send them back to doctors and, if needs be, create appointments or urge the wearer to seek assistance.

Document Digitisation

Nowin its 70thyear, there is still a vast amount of documentation from medical records of the past – and in some cases present – taking up space in filing rooms and storage areas. However, this is being combated thanks to technology and more specifically the digitisation of these paper records.

This sees physical documents being scanned and organised to be stored digitally and be used by things like the aforementioned PAS platforms. The main benefits here are that this frees up more room and can make obtaining records much quicker.

Research and Development

Looking at the bigger picture, one of technologies’ biggest overall impacts is through the research and development that is being carried out around the clock to come up with new cures, care methods and approaches for treating people. You only need to look back a few decades to see just how important this work has been and to also see the correlation between advancing tech and the discovery of new treatments.

With this final point, such R&D is a good sign that medical technologies will continue to develop even further and become used on a more widespread basis throughout the NHS. It’s no secret the NHS struggling under its current constraints and circumstances, so the hope here of course is that it receives the financial backing it needs to keep investing in tech and help alleviate its major issues.

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