Improving information technology could save lives and improve healthcare, says Plaid Cymru
Moving towards a paperless NHS could save time, money and lives says Plaid Cymru.
The Party of Wales Shadow Health Minister Elin Jones says that developing and utilising new technology would help NHS patients and staff, after warning that excessive bureaucracy and paperwork takes up too much of the staff’s time, and is often to blame for delays that lead to bed-blocking or the queuing of ambulances outside hospitals.
Elin Jones said that, in a paperless NHS, paperwork could be filled in more quickly, test results more easily shared and specialist clinical advice given remotely.
This, she said, would benefit the patients and the medical staff, by freeing up workers who would otherwise be form-filling for much of the day.
She said that the funding for telemedicine which Plaid Cymru secured as part of its budget deal with the Assembly would be a good starting point.
The Party of Wales Shadow Health Minister Elin Jones said:
“Almost everyone has experienced a long wait in hospital for care, for results or for a transfer from one place to another. Often, these hold-ups are due to excessive bureaucracy and form-filling.
“Plaid Cymru is proposing that we work towards a wholly electronic system, meaning that data can be inputted much more quickly and freeing up workers to get on with their jobs.
“This would also allow medical staff to share information such as patient histories, X-rays and test results much more quickly by sending them electronically.
“The adoption of new technologies within the NHS has often been painfully slow, and even now many GP surgeries will only offer a limited selection of appointments online, if at all. There is much to gain from developing a paper-less NHS, and a Plaid Cymru government would work to bring down these bureaucratic barriers.”