vCreate’s Role in Optimising Clinician Capacity, Time and Resources

10 April 2024

vCreate’s Role in Optimising Clinician Capacity, Time and Resources

NHS England reported that the health service is currently operating with 154,000 fewer full-time staff than it needs, a number that is predicted to rise. The shortage of healthcare professionals poses significant challenges to patient care, often resulting in delays in diagnosis, treatment, and increased workload for already overburdened staff.

While traditional patient pathways rely on in-person appointments or phone consultations, many neurology teams are harnessing the universal presence of smartphones to access crucial patient information and preserve clinician capacity and resources.

With the advent of clinical video service, vCreate, healthcare professionals can securely receive, store and review patient videos, photos and supporting clinical data for rapid, precision diagnostics and decision-making.

After reviewing patient footage, clinicians can organise follow-up appointments, investigations and treatment plans, request additional uploads and provide reassurance much faster. The vCreate software can also fully integrate into the Electronic Health Record (EHR) for seamless clinical collaboration. This convenient and effective method frees up valuable clinician time, allowing clinical teams to focus on the most at-risk patients and support their patients in a timely manner.

“The vCreate system brings efficiencies for the team, and better access to seizure videos that can be key in making the right diagnosis.” - Dr Khalid Hamandi, Consultant Neurologist, Cardiff.

A 2022 Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) report into vCreate revealed that by identifying non-epileptic events and normal behaviours remotely, clinicians can obtain accurate diagnoses and begin appropriate treatments earlier in the patient pathway. This approach is helping clinicians avoid unnecessary appointments, investigations and treatment, expediting the diagnostic process and helping save an average of £675 per patient.

All clinicians interviewed for the HIS report felt that vCreate led to ways to prioritise or reduce their workload, mainly through the reduction of in-person investigations and outpatient appointments, but also through the identification of urgent cases.

“There are huge benefits in the way we can triage patients and improve efficiency of care. From the videos and supporting data, we can allocate appointments according to need and be more efficient in the management of the patient. For example, viewing a video of a potential event helps us better understand whether the patient needs further investigations such as an electroencephalogram (EEG). If this is the case, we can streamline the process and bring the patient in for an urgent EEG on the same day, saving multiple hospital visits and waiting long periods of time for investigations.” - Professor Sameer Zuberi, Consultant Neurologist, Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children.

Interested in exploring how asynchronous video technology can help improve clinician capacity and save time and resources for your neurology team? Please email us to request a demo.