Trusts are under tremendous pressure to move patients through the A&E into a hospital bed and eventually out into community care or their own homes. With growing staff shortages and capacity constraints, the NHS is facing unprecedented challenges resulting in poorer A&E performance against targets, significant staff burnout and growing elective care backlogs.
Trusts are increasingly looking to electronic bed management systems to improve patient flow and increase capacity by providing visibility to flow bottlenecks and helping staff identify available beds as early as possible. In the recent Delivery Plan for Recovering Urgent and Emergency Care Services, NHS England highlights the role such bed management systems can have in improving care delivery and better supporting staff with workflows and capacity management, moving away from paper-based systems for bed allocation to proven technologies that provide real time visibility and automation around bed management.
In association with TeleTracking Technologies, this HSJ webinar will ask:
*How can electronic bed management systems help trusts struggling with patient flow and staffing shortages? Does this go beyond just knowing how many beds are available, where?
*What is the economic case for investing in these systems? How quickly can trusts expect a return on investment?
*Are there opportunities to use electronic systems to optimize bed use across a wider area than a single trust? What are the barriers to doing this?
*What are the challenges in implementing electronic bed management systems and how can these be overcome to maximise the benefits?