Are you preparing for winter pressures?

As winter approaches, you might be starting to think about how you will be preparing and sending your daily situation reports to NHS England on 1 December. If you are doing these manually, how much preparation time will it take, and how much more pressure will this put on your department and wider trust?

We're helping trusts alleviate winter pressures with instant, automated reporting, which enables them to share information across healthcare settings. By providing real-time information to patients, clinicians and managers, we can help you improve patient care over the winter period.

Automate your daily situation reports and predict patient flow

By collating data from your healthcare IT systems and being able to report clearly on that data, you can save time, money and improve patient care by enabling staff to provide care rather than spend time on laborious manual reporting tasks.

In a recent report by Digital Health, 'BI don’t care if the weather ain’t fine' Barry Duke, EMIS Health's business intelligence project lead, commented: "Trusts are increasingly using BI to provide whole system views on hospital activity, enabling them to produce integrated indicators on demand and capacity. Organisations that have robust BI platforms in place are looking at more sophisticated analytics. These include predictive modelling, based on previous trends and seasonal variations."

Belfast benefits from real-time BI

One trust who is benefiting from real-time information dashboards is Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. They see over 200,000 people in their EDs, and with BI activity dashboards they now have clear visibility of service pressures, helping to support their teams through crisis management during busy periods. 

“What we have now is effectively like an air traffic control dashboard of current emergency department performance.”

Dr Brian Armstrong, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

The BI dashboards enable Belfast to 'slice and dice' their data and apply filters to identify trends and allocate resources more effectively and ultimately improve patient care. 

Dr Brian Armstrong, co-director of unscheduled and acute services at the Belfast trust, says: “What we have now is effectively like an air traffic control dashboard of current emergency department performance. It helps clinicians and managers to take both a strategic and operational approach, using live data to improve areas such as patient waiting times within the emergency department.” Read the full case study here