Challenges in the Health Sector
Caring for a Population with Lower Mortality Rates
As science, medicine and technology advance and more diseases become curable the world’s population lives longer and people’s demands and expectations of the NHS and private healthcare consistently increase. In addition to a longer life expectancy, a large proportion of the population do not exercise as regularly as they should, drink, smoke, take recreational drugs and eat a less than optimal diet. This means that more people are living for longer, with illnesses that require medical attention.
In addition to ongoing medical needs, our Accident and Emergency room are busier than they have ever been. In England alone last year, there were 20.5 million attendances recorded at A&E. GPs, hospitals and A&E departments are finding it hard to manage the growing number of patients who require treatment.
As the NHS becomes consistently busier, staff are increasingly overworked which causes a drop in morale; assets and resources are overused; productivity targets are not being met and budgets are being exceeded by up to £800million per annum in a bid to provide an excellent service.
There is also a real mismatch between the level of services the NHS trusts expect customers to demand and what the Clinical Commissioning Groups and financial decision makers are estimating. By way of example around 80 per cent of NHS Trusts expect emergency admissions to rise this year, while 60 per cent of CCGs expect them to fall.
In addition to these issues there is a lot of wastage in the NHS as many processes and operations are carried out manually by people who are already overworked, creating a large margin for human error and wasting valuable manpower and budget, which could be deployed elsewhere to save lives.
If we don’t address these issues quickly the NHS is facing a £30 billion funding gap by 2020.
Private Hospital Challenges
UK Private Hospitals have been hit by a downturn in the number of “health tourists” visiting from other countries to get medical procedures carried out in the UK. There has also recently been a significant decrease in NHS referrals to private providers.
One of the most efficient ways to combat these issues is an Hospital asset, patient and personnel tracking, monitoring, recovery and security solution with cutting edge technologies and real time data feedback on patient health and asset location and condition.