Clinical networks are a growing requirement for specialist, sub-specialist and super-specialist expertise, and healthcare organisations are increasingly under pressure to deliver them. If geography were not an issue, expertise & resources would be pooled and apportioned according to demand. However, the barrier has always been connecting the expertise & resources across a wider region to provide high quality, equitable and affordable sub- and super-specialist services.

Concentration of expertise

Even if resources were unlimited, it would not be sensible to provide large numbers of highly specialised clinicians in many centres, but each only seeing a handful of patients each year. Concentration of expertise, with high volumes of complex cases in the hands of limited specialists, is the key to exceptional outcomes. Healthcare organisations are increasingly exploring innovative ways to deliver this and networked solutions are recognised as paramount. The ambition of networked solutions are the efficiency gains of shared resources – while ensuring no dilution of rare, valuable skills and experience.

Bespoke configuration of regional and supra-regional networks

Clinical and specialty networks are not new. There have been Strategic Clinical Networks and Operational Delivery Networks for a number of years. However, robust governance has been a persistent and unsolved challenge. With each networked organisation using different systems and standards for documentation, communication and data collection – risk is often inseparable. NetWORK now allows a hard-wiring of clinical information between different Electronic Patient Record systems. NetWORK facilitates networked solutions allowing bespoke configuration of regional and supra-regional networks with a shared, hard-wired documentation and communication system that underpins patient safety and quality of care.

NetWORK connects the resources and assets in their geography to create a synergy between partner healthcare organisations. 

 

 

NetWORK  is a system integrator which links different parts of the health and care ecosystem to work together and achieve transformational change across traditional boundaries.

Improve outcomes for complex patient pathways

Load balancing algorithms and artificial intelligence are used to enhance workflows and assist in pre-empting capacity crises. Regional MDT meetings, referrals, patient transfers and on-call rotas can be facilitated. It is a vital tool for any regional or supra-regional service or clinical network.

NetWORK aims to assist clinicians improve outcomes for complex patient pathways using an integrated, whole system approach. It works across the boundaries of commissioner, provider and voluntary organisations to safeguard access to specialist resources and expertise and as a vehicle for improved patient care. It facilitates improved access to services, improved operating consistency, improved outcomes and increased productivity. 

Load balancing algorithms and artificial intelligence are used to enhance workflows and assist in pre-empting capacity crises. Regional MDT meetings, referrals, patient transfers and on-call rotas can be facilitated. It is a vital tool for any regional or supra-regional service or clinical network.

NetWORK aims to assist clinicians improve outcomes for complex patient pathways using an integrated, whole system approach. It works across the boundaries of commissioner, provider and voluntary organisations to safeguard access to specialist resources and expertise and as a vehicle for improved patient care. It facilitates improved access to services, improved operating consistency, improved outcomes and increased productivity. 

NetWORK is suitable for hundreds of clinical services

These solutions are suitable for hundreds of different specialist clinical services across 40+ specialty areas.

Below are some examples from Neurosciences:

 

Stroke (Hyper Acute Stroke Units and Stroke Units working seamlessly to provide next day TIA services and 24/7 consultant rotas for new stroke patients presenting to the HASU)

 

Neurology (Regional out of hours on-call with digital referrals and recorded telephone referrals forming a 360 degree ‘living record’. Regional MDT meetings for specialist and sub-specialist services with our ‘digital MDT co-ordinator’.

 

Neurosurgery (Networked on-call to provide 24/7 consultant delivered on-call across a region; supra-regional networks and MDT meetings for rare conditions e.g. craniopharyngiomas)

Similar examples exist in all specialties including cardiac, cancer, mental health and all other specialties.

Ensure the delivery of safe and effective services

Ensure effective clinical flows through the acute hospital system.

 

Take a whole system, collaborative provision approach to ensure the delivery of safe and effective services across the patient pathway, adding value for all its stakeholders.

 

Improve cross-organisational, multi-professional clinical engagement to improve pathways of care

 

Focus on quality and effectiveness through facilitation of comparative benchmarking and auditing of services.

Support capacity planning and activity monitoring with collaborative forecasting of demand and matching of demand and supply through AI-powered load balancing algorithms.

 

Improved patient outcomes and quality of care and, where appropriate, standardisation of care.

 

Increased opportunities for risk sharing between providers.

 

Improved system resilience, including major incident and winter pressures planning.

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