The Anonymous Widower

One In and One Out!

I had a bone density scan some weeks ago and as I’ve not heard anything, I asked the nurse to see if there was anything on their computer, when she did my Warfarin blood test and gave me a shot of B12 today.

There wasn’t any news and judging by how I feel, my bones may not be tip-top, but they certainly aren’t in falling apart mode, as I would have hoped that I would have been called in for the bad news.

It strikes me that there could be a big increase in efficiency here, with possible cost savings!

If you have a test that can be quantified accurately and you are well on the right side of the problem level, surely, you can be told the results either by a more or less standard e-mail and/or letter.

With my bone scan, it might say that I’m reasonably fine, but I should come back for another scan in say six months.  A copy could also go to my GP, so she would know as well.  I have a feeling, that a lot of communications from hospitals to GPs are actually letters not e-mails and are scanned in the surgery.  If I’m wrong, which I hope  I am, about these letters please correct me!

There must be hundreds of instances in the NHS, where a sensible bit of automation could save money and redeploy staff to more important duties, than writing lots of similar letters.

We are seeing instances of automation, like appointments systems that text you reminders, but we need to see more.  I personally would like to see a better system for anti-coagulant testing.

November 3, 2010 - Posted by | Computing, Health | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I would like to see med students trained to understand coeliac disease, and to understand why someone with coeliac and diabetes who needed to eat would chose something compatible with their coeliac disease if they had to choose!

    This is a soap box I not climb on.

    Comment by liz | November 3, 2010 | Reply

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