The Oxford Times have recently published an article on how businesses in Oxfordshire have responded to the pandemic. Consultant Connect were one of the businesses interviewed as our offices are based right in the centre of Oxford. With all our staff now based at home, we are working very hard to support our NHS customers and provide additional solutions during this difficult time.
The extract which focusses on Consultant Connect has been reproduced below. You can read the article in full here.
Digital health company Consultant Connect has found the pandemic has led to a change
Digital health company Consultant Connect has found the pandemic has led to a change in the way their medical consulting communication platform is used. Originally created to enable GPs to get speedy specialist consultant input for patients with dermatology and other conditions, their digital platform has started to be used more widely as a valued alternative to hospital referrals during the coronavirus pandemic.
Its Chief Executive Jonathan Patrick says interest in their platform has rocketed.
He added: “It is something of a pivot in that GPs and specialists are using the platform differently. We have seen a doubling in use during the pandemic and it has also been deployed to enable GP involvement in the 111 service across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.”
Apart from helping reduce the need for direct doctor-patient contact, with Consultant Connect phone calls mean less than a third of patients require a hospital appointment, creating a major saving. The Welsh government recently installed the platform throughout Wales to include all GPs and hospitals. The communication platform is now being used by doctors to provide care for 25 million UK patients.
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