Consultant Connect is featured in the latest Digital Health News industry roundup. You can read the article here, or we have replicated it below:
Consultant Connect platform helps avoid unnecessary hospital trips:
Consultant Connect, the NHS advice and guidance telemedicine platform, has placed one million calls between primary carers and consultants and is keeping patients out of hospital, by helping to ensure that unnecessary hospital visits and appointments are being avoided.
During the Covid pandemic, there was a widespread adoption of teledermatology. Since 2019 Consultant Connect’s National Consultant Network has increased the number of calls and messages it has taken by nearly 3,000%.
The platform’s photo app has seen a nearly 2,000% increase in its use since the pandemic. Of those photo message sessions, more than two in three led to an unnecessary referral to a consultant being avoided.
Ambulance staff who have used the service to get advice before transporting a patient to hospital, have been able to avoid more than one in three patients being sent to hospital when it wasn’t needed.
Two in three calls from GPs to elective care specialities have meant an unnecessary trip to hospital was avoided.
Consultant Connect’s annual benchmarking data analysis also revealed that primary and secondary health providers have exchanged 125,000 information governance-secure text messages via the platform, since its launch seven years ago.
Jonathan Patrick, CEO of Consultant Connect, said:
“These impressive growth statistics tell the story of an advice and guidance platform that is fast becoming part of the fabric of the NHS.
We’ve had fantastic feedback from GPs and consultants – and we’re delighted that millions more patients are benefiting from our services.”
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