Improved stroke outcomes reduce pressure on services

In 2014 the NHS published its Five Year Forward View (FYFV), a plan to facilitate quality, affordable, preventative healthcare by addressing shortfalls in existing models of care to provide quality treatment in the face of growing demand.

In order to deliver on the mandate of improved patient care, a CCG is under pressure to assess needs within its population, decide priorities and then strategise towards ensuring that these needs are met.

“….the NHS allocates 5% of its total costs to stroke services.”

Considering that stroke is the second most common cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the UK, it’s not surprising that CCGs have prioritised stroke pathways for improvement, along with diabetes and heart-disease.

Challenges in Stroke Care

It has been proven that patients have a better chance of survival if they receive fast, specialised care as early in the pathway as possible. The timeliness of treatment not only affects the extent of recovery; it also impacts how long a patient is likely to need on going care. The patient’s wellbeing notwithstanding, both of these factors have severe cost implications for the NHS, which already allocates 5% of its total costs to stroke services.

By capturing and collating patient data to support high quality care interventions, real-time monitoring, and accurate reporting, CaptureStroke has been proven to yield tangible benefits:

  • A 50% reduction in time spent on data entry (from 0.4 FTE to 0.2 FTE for every 100 patients)
  • SSNAP performance improvement within 6 months – a case study has shown a site improving its overall SSNAP band from a E to an A
  • Reduced document-tracking and storage costs, helping services move towards a paperless operation

Because CaptureStroke allows Trusts to continually collect valuable data as a natural by-product of their care interventions, this allows Service Performance Reporting and SSNAP audit uploads to be automated. This not only frees up healthcare practitioners’ time, it facilitates cost effective care through evidence-based decisions.

Efficiency Gains

A data collection and clinical management system for stroke care should be able to monitor performance against targets, manage change and improvements, and seamlessly comply with regulatory and audit requirements. CaptureStroke helps to make healthcare professionals’ administrative duties easier and more efficient, rather than adding the burden of extra paperwork. It adds further value with additional capabilities such as real-time alerts to staff when an element of care requires attention. This allows services to act before a target is breached, promoting proactive services to deliver levels of care that are in line with CCG objectives.

The CaptureStroke system works to make the stroke pathway more clinician-friendly with:

  • End-to-end, effective and paper-light administration
  • Real-time data collection integrated with workflows
  • Reduced data input duplication and improved data quality
  • Dashboards and on-demand reporting for meaningful monitoring of care and performance (including SSNAP and BPT)
  • Compliance with required workflows, datasets and processes
  • Facilitates Performance Improvement and Monitoring

CaptureStroke can be implemented with ease on PCs, mobile workstations and hand-held devices. The system’s intuitive and user-friendly design makes it easy to use; approximately 30-minutes of training will provide users with a firm understanding of CaptureStroke.

Economies of Scale

By centrally hosting CaptureStroke and rolling it out to all sites within a CCG’s footprint, the Trusts involved will benefit from reduced infrastructure costs, as well as uniform data collection and benchmarking standards between them. In addition, the comprehensive reporting will assist with the monitoring of on-going service improvement against CCG-specific drivers and allow sites to harness each other’s key learnings and share best practice.

Streamlining Clinical Services through IT

The importance of clinical IT systems in the pursuit of effectively leveraging data to improve care is widely accepted. In a recent speech, Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, spoke about the “mind-boggling amounts of data that, if properly utilised with the right safeguards, can help improve treatments, unlock new cures and transform the face of modern health and social care.” With CaptureStroke, stroke services are getting a system that is specifically tailored to optimise stroke pathways, streamline processes and draw attention to areas of weakness to be redressed.

The aim of the NHS’s FYFV is to make high quality treatment available to more people. CaptureStroke has the power to bring stroke services in line with these objectives by reducing costs and making data capture a by-product of patient care. Ultimately, these efficiencies will result in the ability to provide proactive, specialised treatments faster, with better outcomes, thereby enhancing the overall patient experience.