‘Embracing technology to improve patient care’ abstract selected for showcase at 2020 Nightingale virtual conference

Date posted: 8th October 2020

An abstract on ‘Embracing technology to improve patient care’, written by Anne Greenwood Primary Care Digital First and GPN Lead for Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System, has been selected for the Nightingale 2020 Virtual Conference on 27 and 28 October 2020.

More than 900 abstract applications were received to present at the conference, so it is a true achievement to have been one of only ten selected for this highly prestigious opportunity.

The top ten abstracts will have their presentations pre-recorded and made available at the virtual conference for people who have registered for the conference to watch, and also be open for all to view after the event. The pre-recorded presentations will be complemented by live keynote speeches and panel discussions with international nursing leaders on topics which align with the tracts.

‘Embracing technology to improve patient care’ recognises that the demand for primary care services is increasing and, with constraints on time and resources, alternative solutions such as digital technology need to be embraced. Increased numbers within the population have access to smart devices and these can be used to support enhanced care delivery. Digital technology affords the opportunity to increase access and deliver more responsive care for patients.

Collaboration and listening to patients and stakeholders has enabled the ICS to implement an online consultation platform across the whole of the Lancashire and South Cumbria, which has also the ability to provide video consultations. This has been supplemented by a total digital front door solution, allowing 24 hour a day access to an online symptom checker and direction to the most appropriate service or clinician for their immediate health or care need. Through a single point of access, patient care has been able to be more responsive and accessible for patients.

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