According to an article on Pulse, GPs are to be told that they must reduce unscheduled hospital admissions by a fifth by the end of 2013 as a result of a series of Government targets to curb the number of people in hospital each year.
Ministers have formulated a drastic efficiency programme that requires GPs to deliver a 20% reduction in unscheduled admissions, as well as a 10% cut in A&E attendance, while working with hospitals to reduce length of stay by 25%.
The Department of Health believes that these targets can be met through reforms to the Payment by Results tariffs due to be announced next month and use of a new ‘clinical dashboard’ to identify patients needing preventative care.
When GPs are under pressure to curb unscheduled hospital attendances, it’s important they have access to high quality data about admissions and patient pathways so they can look at more effective ways to deliver care.
It’s believed that the NHS spends around £589m per year on cardiac, angina, CHF and COPD related admissions for patients – many of which are admitted three or more times a year and whose expenses can represent up to 25% of hospital costs.
However, by using solutions like Ardentia’s Activity Flow Analytics, GPs and clinicians can identify these patients who are being frequently readmitted due to long-term conditions. With this level of detail, they can then start to consider how to deliver more preventative care outside a hospital setting, enabling patients to better manage their condition and avoid long stays in hospital.
Only then, will GPs be able to meet the targets outlined in the efficiency programme, while maintaining the high quality care that patients expect.