Tackling the Elective Surgery Backlog: Does Data Science Hold the Answers?

While the NHS delivered a remarkable amount of elective treatment during the second wave of the pandemic, the pressure of caring for large numbers of patients seriously unwell with COVID-19 has led to long delays for the growing number of patients on the waiting list. Particularly for those whose diagnosis and treatment cannot be treated remotely, where a hospital setting is essential. 

Consequently, the NHS waiting list is currently at 4.6 million – the highest level since comparable records began (in 2007). And with 6 million fewer people being referred into consultant-led elective care in 2020 vs 2019, this number is only expected to increase. Bringing together IT, Data and Operational leaders across the NHS, this webinar will how data analytics and data science can best support NHS leaders and clinical decision-makers by providing the right information at the right time, to overcome the complex challenges ahead.

With this ongoing uncertainty and the effects of the pandemic still playing out operationally in the day-to-day, restoring elective care to pre-pandemic levels and addressing the growing backlog of patients is likely to take months, if not years. It will require a multi-faceted approach to increasing capacity, optimising collaboration, managing demand and prioritising patients.

Bridging the Gap: Delivering Health Equity for BAME Communities

Over the last two decades, the UK has become more ethnically diverse. Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups (BAME) now make up a larger proportion of the population.

With these changes in the population, it is becoming clear that certain health conditions have an increased prevalence in BAME communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has cast into stark relief the unacceptable health inequalities being experienced, with death rates the highest among people of Black and Asian ethnic groups. Evidence also suggests that there are a number of barriers to accessing local health and mental health care services.

Now is the time to start bridging the gap and delivering health equity for BAME communities.

Connected IT to Deliver Care – Any Place, Any Time

As a result of the pandemic, hospitals are being reinvented as centres of intensive care, with other services being pushed out into the community, or delivered through virtual settings. This is driving the largest shake-up of NHS estates and the delivery of care ever witnessed.

At the heart of this reconfiguration is the need for a connected health and IT infrastructure that will enable clinicians to effectively deliver patient care in any setting. The imperative for access to apps, data and systems in any location, at any time has never been more essential or urgent.

In this webinar we will be hearing from transformation leaders at the heart of delivering connected systems. We’ll be discussing the need for rapid transformation and the business case for investing into connected IT systems right now, as well as exploring some of the practicalities of connecting your legacy systems to enable clinicians to deliver effective care regardless of their location.