Moving beyond total triage to manage practice demands
COVID-19 forced the pace of digitisation in primary care, with total triage introduced within a few weeks. Its continued use is welcomed, but there are concerns over how it might help GP surgeries cope with burgeoning demand.
In a recent Best Practice webinar, Homewell surgery explained how it was using Klinik software to deploy Whole System TriageTM to provide a solution that goes beyond total triage by using AI-infused technology to reduce the workload on GP surgeries.
Developed by GPs and used in hundreds of primary care centres, UK sales and operations director Ben Wood described how Klinik directs patients to the optimal resource in primary care. It puts information supplied by the patient into a medically-supervised AI engine that identifies the urgency, prioritises the need, and can then allocate each case to the right team within the practice.
It is being used at Homewell to deliver Whole System TriageTM, a new approach to primary care that has been developed by Carradale Futures to help general practice respond to the fact that demand is outstripping supply.
Carradale Futures director Jake Arnold-Forster explained that this approach uses patient-generated information into a consistent online triage process. By using AI-driven decision support with patient flow management, practices could ensure that patients are directed to the right type of care. Klinik’s online consultation and patient flow management software supports such an approach.
Lead nurse and practice partner Sarah Harrison revealed how the technology was delivering results at the Homewell practice.
Advanced nurse practitioners use Klinik to triage a prioritised list of patients, dealing with many enquiries themselves. They also direct patients to other members of the practice team, such as social prescribers, or practice coordinator staff. GPs then get to see those patients they really need to see, and can spend more time where it is needed most.
Phone and video consultations, which are unlikely to save a practice time or money, are used only when necessary, helping to reduce practice workload, and avoiding one of the pitfalls of total triage.
The technology is also helping beyond practice walls. Klinik’s data dashboard breaks down demand by clinical domain. The practice can see that there is a high volume of musculoskeletal and mental health issues in the community, which informs discussions with Primary Care Network colleagues on the workforce required to address local needs.
Sarah said she was amazed at how well Klinik has worked at Homewell. Revisit the full webinar to find out more, and get in touch to find out more.
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Klinik Healthcare Solutions UK Ltd
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