Phil Stuart-Douek: It’s not a piece of technology that has, and is, continuing to transform healthcare, but a technological concept. Data. The gathering, use, storage, and transmission of data is what has, and will, continue to transform the NHS and healthcare.
Fiona Kirk: Robotic surgery. Although its development still has some way to go, robotic surgery is having a significant impact in terms of improving patient outcomes. It offers enhanced recovery allowing a quicker return to normality, there’s comparatively less pain, less blood loss, and it can help to release more high demand clinical resource. From a surgeon’s perspective precision surgery enables greater visualisation and enhanced dexterity.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is also revolutionising diagnostics. We’re seeing some incredible breakthroughs already, especially within the early diagnosis of certain types of cancers - it will, without question, help to save many more lives.
Janine Thomas: I think E-OBS without a doubt has made the biggest impact. The digitalisation of physiological parameters and the ability to automate early warning scores has made the decline of patients more visible, allowing earlier intervention. This facilitates early diagnosis and management of sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock.
The Electronic prescription service has also been hugely successful for many patients – automating the sending of prescriptions to pharmacies, which dispense and deliver them to the patient’s door.
Another notable mention must be the emergence of the electronic insulin pump and remotely controlled CPAP machines, both of which help the patient to receive optimal treatment.
Sophie Evans: Technology has allowed the NHS to move away from paper. That sounds like a small thing, but the impact is considerable.
As a nurse, I spent countless hours bogged down in paperwork – either completing laborious forms or chasing misplaced documents. The benefit an electronic-based system can be felt not only by those on the frontline, but also by patients – their records and insights about their care can now be shared more freely and effectively across clinicians, which ultimately means better outcomes.