NHS waiting lists have hit record levels across the UK as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the numbers are continuing to rise, with some experts warning 14 million people could be waiting for treatment by the end of 2022. Many hospital groups have turned to digital technology to increase clinical capacity, help safely manage patients and detect deteriorating patients, but are these short term saviours or long-term solutions? New NHS funding has been created to support innovation and the introduction of digital tools, so we have brought together an expert panel to share evidence-based examples of how digital technology is supporting the NHS waiting list challenge and helping to shape the future of healthcare and discuss:
- What impact has remote patient monitoring already made for patients and clinicians dealing with waiting list backlogs?
- How can experiences in surgical waiting lists and COVID-19 care guide other clinical pathways?
- How does this offer a way to increase engagement with patients and improve outcomes?
- Sir James Mackey, Elective Recovery Adviser, NHS England & Improvement
- Lisa Hollins, Director of Innovation Delivery, NHSX
- Dr Harpreet Sood, Global Digital Health and AI Advisor & Board Member, Health Education England
- Mr Sunil Bhudia, Co-Lead Cardiac Surgery, Royal Brompton & Harefield hospitals
- Viki Jenkins, Chair, Betsi Quthing International Health Partnership