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NELFT NHS to deploy digital system for virtual wards

12/02/24

Mark Say Managing Editor

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NELFT NHS Foundation Trust is planning to roll out a digital system from The Access Group to manage its virtual wards programme.

The trust, which provides community and mental health services for north-east London and parts of Essex, will implement the system along with Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital Trust and Waltham Forest Council.

Access said it will deliver an integrated care platform taking in bed management, patient monitoring and digitised transfer and discharge services. It will also feed into the electronic patient records for the trust and its partners.

Umesh Gandhvi, chief digital information officer at NELFT, commented: “The trust has developed an ambitious digital strategy which has been designed with our patients, and our virtual wards digital pathway enables patient choice of care.

“The design allows patients to use digital options to access and receive their healthcare. Virtual wards (also known as hospital at home) is a key digital offering to allow patients to get the care they need at home safely and conveniently, rather than being in hospital, therefore supporting hospital avoidance.”

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