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  1. Content Article
    This study aimed to determine whether the use of video telemedicine for paediatric consultations to referring hospital emergency departments (EDs) results in less frequent medication errors than the current standard of care—telephone consultations. The authors found no statistically significant differences in physician-related medication errors between children assigned to receive telephone consultations vs video telemedicine consultations.
  2. Content Article
    When the Covid-19 pandemic started, video consulting became standard practice for many GPs, who became rapidly acquainted with the technology for video calls. Doctors worked on improving their video consulting technique, not knowing for how long they might have to limit in-person consultations. Now that vaccination has reduced the risks of face-to-face appointments, the vast majority of GP practices rarely use video consultation, and fewer than 1% of consultations were conducted this way in England in May 2023. In this BMJ article, GP Helen Salisbury looks at the reasons for this decline in the use of video calls, arguing that face-to-face consults allow for a more accurate and safe diagnostic process and facilitate building rapport between healthcare professionals and patients.
  3. News Article
    The NHS is on trajectory to fall short of a flagship pledge to have around 24,000 “virtual ward beds” in place by December 2023, internal data has revealed. NHS England’s figures from March, seen by HSJ, suggest the system is instead more likely to have created around 18,500 virtual beds by the 2023 deadline. Senior clinicians, including the Royal College of Physicians and the Society of Acute Medicine, have recently raised concerns about the speed and timing of the roll-out and staffing implications. And now fresh concerns are also being raised about the programme following publication of a new academic study which suggests virtual wards set up by the NHS during Covid made little impact on length of stay or readmissions rates. Alison Leary, professor of healthcare and workforce modelling, London South Bank University, was one of the first senior leaders to publicly voice concerns about the NHS’s virtual wards programme. Professor Leary told HSJ: “I am not surprised [systems are falling] short. Since Elaine [Elaine Maxwell, visiting professor, London South Bank University] and I published our piece in HSJ, I have been contacted by several clinicians who have serious concerns over virtual wards and staffing them.” Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 31 March 2022
  4. News Article
    A phone first system adopted by most GP surgeries at the start of the pandemic is "here to stay", the Royal College of GPs (RCGPs) in Northern Ireland has said. However, the RCGP has also accepted patient access needs to improve. The system was introduced in spring 2020. According to GPs, the move, which came without either consultation or prior information, was necessary to minimise the risk of infection of Covid-19. Two years on, there is concern among some members of the public that the system is not working. Speaking to BBC News NI, Dr Ursula Mason accepted that the system wasn't working but said there were not enough GPs to see people. She added that the telephone system, which was being "refined" and "improved" was the best way to manage "growing demand" and to "prioritise the sickest patients to be seen first". "The telephone system allows us to see many more patients, to deal with demand in a better way so I think the telephone system is here to stay," added Dr Mason. "There will be some changes to upgrade it, but it will form a significant part of how we manage demand."
  5. News Article
    The Royal Surrey County Hospital is preparing to open its first virtual ward. From this summer 15 patients will receive treatment at home using apps and wearable technology, as an alternative to a stay in hospital. The ward will be overseen by a consultant, working with therapists, nursing staff and pharmacists. The hospital, in Guildford, plans to extend the ward to 52 patients by April 2024. Health providers across England have been asked to deliver virtual wards at a rate of 40 to 50 beds per 100,000 people by December 2023. It is hoped they will free up beds more quickly, speeding up admissions from A&E and for elective surgery. Read full story Source: BBC News, 7 June 2022
  6. Content Article
    In this interview for Healthcare IT News, Lisa Hedges, associate principal analyst at Software Advice, discusses the findings of a survey of 1,000 patients on telemedicine usage after the worst of the pandemic. She also talks about the future of telemedicine. The survey found that: more than half of patients are concerned about the quality of care they're receiving through telemedicine. the majority of people prefer virtual appointments for common illnesses. 86% of patients rate their telemedicine experience as positive. 91% are more likely to choose a provider that offers telemedicine. 49% prefer telemedicine visits for mental health treatment, despite it being one of the more remote-ready specialties.
  7. Content Article
    This article by Rebecca Rosen and Trisha Greenhalgh in the BMJ looks at the safety of remote GP consultations. It begins by looking at the case of student David Nash, who tragically died in 2020 after four telephone consultations with his GP; he was denied an in-person appointment for a painful ear infection that led to a fatal brain abscess. One coroner has raised concerns that this is not a one-off incident, noting that in five inquest reports they wrote during the pandemic, they question whether deaths could have been prevented by in-person consultations. The authors look at the recommendations of the ongoing 'Remote by Default 2' study, which is exploring how best to embed remote consulting in future GP services. They highlight better triage of appointment requests, active listening, checking back, increasing the use of video consulting and better training for clinicians as factors that could improve the safety of remote consultation.
  8. News Article
    All GP appointments should be done remotely by default unless a patient needs to be seen in person, Matt Hancock has said, prompting doctors to warn of the risk of abandoning face-to-face consultations. In a speech setting out lessons for the NHS and care sector from the coronavirus pandemic, the health secretary claimed that while some errors were made, “so many things went right” in the response to Covid-19, and new ways of working should continue. He said it was patronising to claim that older patients were not able to handle technology. The plan for web-based GP appointments is set to become formal policy, and follows guidance already sent to GPs on having more online consultations. But the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) hit back, saying it would oppose a predominantly online system on the grounds that both doctors and patients benefited from proper contact. Read full article here
  9. News Article
    Babylon Health is investigating whether NHS patients were among those affected by a 'software error' that allowed people registered with its private GP service to view recordings of other people's consultations earlier this month. Babylon Health has confirmed that a small number of patients were able to view recordings of other patients' consultations earlier this week. The issue came to light after a patient in Leeds who had access to the Babylon app through a private health insurance plan with Bupa reported that he had been able to view around 50 consultations that were not his own. The patient told the BBC he was 'shocked' to discover the data breach. "You don't expect to see anything like that when you're using a trusted app," he said. "It's shocking to see such a monumental error has been made." Babylon told GPonline that the app used by private and NHS patients is the same, but it had yet to confirm whether the roughly 80,000 patients registered with the company's digital first NHS service GP at Hand were among those affected. The problem is understood to have cropped up when a new feature was introduced for patients who switched from audio to video mid-way through a consultation. Read full story Source: GPOnline, 10 June 2020
  10. Content Article
    The spread of the Covid-19 pandemic presented significant challenges in the management of patients with chronic diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS). This article in Frontiers in Neurology looks at how telemedicine was used as an alternative to face-to-face consultations with MS patients during the pandemic. Recognising the variation in care that occurred as different centres adopted telemedicine, they make a series of recommendations for the use of telemedicine in managing MS patients.
  11. Content Article
    This briefing by The Health Foundation Improvement Analytics Unit looks at recent data around patient preferences for online and face-to-face consultations and examines the impact of the increasing use of online tools on patient access to primary care. The Improvement Analytics Unit examined 7.5 million patient-initiated requests for primary care made using the askmyGP online consultation system between March 2019 and September 2021 at 146 general practices in England. These practices had a combined total list size of 1.35 million patients.
  12. Content Article
    The Doctor Will Zoom You Now was a rapid, qualitative research study designed to understand the patient experience of remote and virtual consultations. The project was led in partnership with Traverse, National Voices and Healthwatch England and supported by PPL. The study engaged 49 people over 10 days (June 22nd – July 1st 2020) using an online platform, with 20 additional one to one telephone interviews. Participants were also invited to attend an online workshop on the final day of the study. Using insight from the key findings from the research, this website provides useful tools and tips for getting the most out of your appointment.
  13. Content Article
    The Remote by Default research study, a collaboration between the Universities of Oxford and Plymouth and the Nuffield Trust, has been exploring how technology can be harnessed to support excellent primary care. Using workshops, interviews, and focus groups of clinicians, service users, and other stakeholders, they have begun to map the multiple interacting influences on the choice of consultation modality.
  14. Content Article
    This article describes how 55 international and national participants participated in an event that focused on strengthening patient safety within telemedicine through resilience on 16 August 2018 at the Health Innovation Centre of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark. 
  15. Content Article
    This Rapid Evidence Scan from Moore et al. examined the effectiveness of virtual hospital models of care. While no reviews evaluated a complete model, tele-healthcare only and tele-healthcare with remote telemonitoring interventions demonstrated similar or significantly better clinical or health system outcomes including reduced hospitalisations, readmissions, emergency department visits and length of stay, compared to usual care, including those delivered without home visits or face-to-face care. The use of the Internet showed mixed but promising results. The strongest evidence was for cardiac failure, coronary heart disease, diabetes and stroke rehabilitation. Nurses played a central role in home visiting, providing telephone support and education. However, the studies were heterogenous and the results should be interpreted with caution.
  16. Content Article
    This report looks at research commissioned by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to understand the varying pandemic experiences of different people affected by type 1 diabetes in the UK. It highlights an enormous withdrawal of NHS services during the pandemic, leading to highly unequal access to type 1 diabetes care.
  17. Content Article
    This article published in BMJ Open aimed to explore the experiences of service users, carers and staff seeking or providing secondary mental health services during the Covid-19 pandemic. The authors found that patient and carer experiences of remote care were mixed. Some service users valued the convenience of remote methods as it allowed them to maintain contact with familiar clinicians, but most participants commented that a lack of non-verbal cues and the loss of a therapeutic ‘safe space’ challenged therapeutic relationship building, assessments and identification of deteriorating mental well-being. The study highlights the importance of taking a tailored, personal approach to decision making in this area, and the authors state that future research should focus on which types of consultations best suit face-to-face interaction, and for whom and why.
  18. Content Article
    This study in Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry assessed feedback from paediatric diabetes patients and their parents or carers regarding virtual consultations, using a solution focused approach, in a hospital setting. Patients completed an electronic survey following their virtual consultation, and of those surveyed, 86% recommended video consultations to be part of their diabetes care. Qualitative data showed reduced travel time, comfort, reduced need for parking and convenience as the major benefits to patients. The results demonstrated that clinical care was shown to be positive and addressed patients concerns, the majority of respondents (84%) reported that the appointment was about what they wanted it to be about. Using the solution focused model helped overcome the challenges faced with virtual consultations particularly with concerns surrounding safeguarding issues, confidentiality, audio/video difficulties and also helped to support the patient journey.
  19. Content Article
    This World Health Organization (WHO) policy brief takes stock of how digital health tools have been used during the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to review what has happened, assess how uptake and use of these tools has been facilitated, identify issues that are emerging, and learn lessons for the longer term to support the sustained use of digital health tools.
  20. Content Article
    This study in the British Journal of General Practice aims to identify and understand the unintended consequences of online consultations in primary care. The authors interviewed 19 patients and 18 general practice staff at eight general practices using online consultation tools in South West and North West England between February 2019 and January 2020. The study found the following unintended consequences of online consultation: Creation of difficulties for some patients in communicating effectively with a GP. The system disadvantaged digitally-excluded patients. Patient uncertainty about how their queries were dealt with, and whether practices used online consultations as their preferred method for patients to contact the practice. Creation of additional work for some staff. Isolation and dissatisfaction for some staff.
  21. Content Article
    In this interview for Healthcare IT News, Jennifer Ball, Director of Virtual Care at Saint Luke's Health System in Kansas City talks about the benefits of virtual nursing units, and what training and support is needed to set one up.
  22. Content Article
    The COVID-19 pandemic has led to changes in health service utilisation patterns and a rapid rise in care being delivered remotely. However, there has been little published research examining patients’ experiences of accessing remote consultations since COVID-19. Such research is important as remote methods for delivering some care may be maintained in the future.
  23. Content Article
    This article in the British Journal of General Practice examined GP perspectives and concerns about safeguarding during the Covid-19 pandemic, focusing on the challenges and opportunities created by remote consultation. GPs interviewed for the study expressed concern about missing observational information during remote consultations, with pooled triage lists seen as further weakening safeguarding opportunities. They were also worried that conversations might not be private or safe. Remote consultations were seen as more ‘transactional’, with reduced opportunities to explore ‘other reasons’ including new safeguarding needs. Remote consultation was seen as more difficult and draining and associated with increased GP anxiety and reduced job satisfaction. However, GPs also recognised opportunities that remote consulting offers, including providing more opportunities to interact with vulnerable patients.
  24. News Article
    Nightclubs have reopened, concerts have been given the go-ahead and football stadiums are welcoming fans - but there are still restrictions on face-to-face GP consultations. Only a limited number of patients are being invited into surgeries, where there continue to be strict rules on physical distancing. Edinburgh GP Dr Carey Lunan says she understands why the situation is confusing. "The difference between a healthcare setting and, say, a restaurant or a football stadium, is that we have people coming into our building who are much more vulnerable and frail and don't have a choice in being unwell," she tells BBC Scotland. "So we have to have higher levels of safety than a setting where people can choose to go, knowing that there may be a little bit of risk." According to the British Medical Association's Dr Andrew Buist, the balance between telephone and in-person consultations should continue to adjust as we move out of the pandemic, guided by evidence. But many patients will "very easily" have their needs met by phone appointments. So-called telephone triage - where patients are assessed over the phone before being invited into the building - has now become the norm. "For a lot of patients it works really well if it's a simple problem and it means not having to take time off work or travel," says Dr Lunan. "It works less well if English isn't their first language or they've not got the privacy at home to have a conversation about something that is a bit more sensitive, if it's a very complex issue or it's just not clear what the diagnosis is." She adds: "We deal with things when someone comes in with problem A, but actually we end up having a conversation about problem B when they are in the room with us. "It is much more challenging to do that kind of health care on the phone and I think we just need to be honest that there are limitations. Dr Lunan says she hopes a return to more face-to-face appointments will come "in the not too distant future. I miss seeing patients if I'm honest," she says. "When we get to the point where we are able to bring in more people we will welcome that because it feels like a treat at the moment." Read full story Source: BBC News, 25 January 2022
  25. News Article
    Patients who saw a pain medicine specialist via telemedicine saved time and money and were highly satisfied with their experience, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020 annual meeting. Results of the study confirm many chronic pain patients are confident they will receive good care via telemedicine, while avoiding lengthy commutes and time spent in traffic. "This era of contactless interactions and social distancing has really accelerated the adoption of telemedicine, but even before the pandemic, patient satisfaction was consistently high," said Laleh Jalilian, M.D., lead author of the study and clinical assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). "Patients who are being evaluated for new conditions may be better off having office visits initially. But once patients establish a relationship with providers, follow-up visits can occur efficiently with telemedicine, while maintaining patient rapport and quality outcomes. We believe 50% of our visits could be conducted via telemedicine." "Now that telemedicine is more widespread, it may become a valued part of care delivery in chronic pain practices," said Dr. Jalilian. "Clearly many patients benefitted from remote consultations and follow-up appointments using telemedicine. We hope it will encourage policymakers and insurance providers to continue to support these platforms and inspire more innovation in this developing field of research and patient care." Read full story Source: EurekAlert, 5 October 2020
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