As the latest figures highlighting mortality rates in hospitals across the UK are released, KPMG calls for the introduction of new approaches to medical care to give patients the chance to seek help without delay.
Professor Hilary Thomas, a partner within KPMG Management Consulting, says: "It’s good news to see a decline in the number of hospitals reporting post-treatment patient deaths, but it is also no time for complacency. The figures are only focused on patients electing to have treatment within the four walls of an NHS hospital, meaning they don’t provide a full picture of the healthcare that is currently available to NHS patients. To really understand the effectiveness of patient care, we should be looking at the impact on patient health throughout the course of their condition.
“Right now the NHS is under siege from circumstance. Our growing population and the fact that we are living longer may be well referenced, but with the rise in long-term conditions and the increase in the number of patients with multiple diagnoses the result is relentless demand just when the NHS must find ways of saving £20 billion. In these difficult circumstances, innovative ways to provide health care must be found - and this is where telehealth and telecare come to the fore. It’s not just that the technology exists allowing medical staff to remotely monitor indicators of health or giving patients’ independence. The simple fact is that remote monitoring has already been proven to reduce emergency admissions and mortality rates.
“It is highly effective when employed by doctors, nurses, patients and their carers. Given the enormous need and what seem to be obvious benefits, the question should be ‘why isn’t it more widely used?’.”
Mike Petrook, KPMG Press Office
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