Busting Bureaucracy: collaborative audit findings and recommendations – Health & Social Care Information Centre – May 2014
CoWs to bust bureaucracy – eHealth Insider – 9 June 2014
“Junior doctors spend 66% of their time accessing or updating patient notes, a report by the Health and Social Care Information Centre has found.
The Busting Bureaucracy report, which carried out audits in 16 NHS trusts, found that too much time is spent on collecting, finding and entering data.
For instance, one trust reported that computers on wheels has reduced ward round times by 45 minutes, however, perhaps not surprisingly, most trusts have problems with systems working in silos.
“The audit findings confirmed that in all organisations there are examples of technology being implemented without process change, resulting in similar or increased levels of burden and bureaucracy due to a mixed economy of digital and paper,” says the report.
85% of maternity units surveyed in the report, responded that they use “local or bespoke electronic systems, none of which are integrated with other trust systems.”
The report adds that 77% of trusts record data on paper and then transcribe it into the electronic system, and without paper and electronic systems being integrated with each other, technology in itself does not actually release clinical staff time.
The HSCIC launched the ‘Let’s Bust Bureaucracy Together’ campaign in October last year to transform the way the NHS thinks about managing burden and bureaucracy.”
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