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NHS organisations are currently in the middle of a challenging long-term efficiency drive to deliver around £20billion in savings. But some of those savings could be right under their nose. With the health service haemorrhaging more than a £1billion each year due to lost medical equipment, Klaus Allion, managing director of ANT Telecom, outlines how simple real-time location technologies cannot only help NHS hospitals deliver efficiencies, but they can also, quite literally, identify where to find them
“In April 2010, national research from the Nursing Standard revealed that the average secondary care nurse spent 23 days a year searching for missing medical equipment. In addition, 35% of nurses said that they faced daily shortages of medical supplies, while a quarter claimed that patient records and lab results went missing at least once a day.
Why has medical innovation brought cost-increasing enhancements to quality, rather than cost-reducing advances in productivity? The column uses a new dataset drawn from patents for prosthetic devices …
Posted Aug 11, 2021
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