HSCN offers access to rich sources of information
The migration to HSCN provided better access to the clinical information they have been approved to use, which often requires access to large and detailed databases.
The new HSCN connection has the capacity to support all 84 laptops used by the Rennie Grove nurses and clinicians. This offers greater access to information, greater efficiency and more flexibility in the care and services they provide.
As more staff begin to access activity data posted by other healthcare professionals, the benefits to patients and the service will be huge. For example nurses now have better access to patients’ records within SystmOne in Hertfordshire and Summary Care Record in Buckinghamshire.
Rennie Grove are looking to expand the information to which it currently has access. In the future they hope to be able to see patients’ blood and x-ray test results, recent hospital visits and more, thus creating a more complete picture of each patient’s end-of-life care.
Hospice at Home is better than ever
Another benefit staff anticipate is reduced time spent attempting to access data from within patients’ homes. With HSCN, clinical staff will have access to up-to-date, electronic patient information remotely, making calls to admin staff to request information and holding paper-based patient information things of the past. Admin staff will be free to carry out more meaningful tasks and clinical staff can spend more time focusing on the patients and their families.
The benefits of HSCN
Nurses and healthcare assistants will be equipped with summaries of the support provided for their patients by other healthcare professionals. This provides a holistic view of their care, improving patient safety and informing nurses’ decision making.
From the patient’s perspective, the care received from Hospice at Home nurses, the hospital, GP and other NHS services should be integrated and continuous. It should match their expectations of a seamless service unaffected by organisational silos. Patients also expect that any clinical professional, regardless of the context, will have sufficient information to make decisions about their care, resulting in the best possible outcomes.
Patients also expect the health and social care system to be responsible and cautious with their clinical data. Securing access to NHS data requires following a strict process which needs to be carefully navigated but, once granted, an HSCN connection provides reassurance to all parties that the appropriate technical requirements are in place
As previously mentioned, Rennie Grove is primarily funded by local voluntary donations and it is therefore important that all expenditure is of value to patients. Rennie Grove has migrated from an N3 VPN solution to a HSCN solution that provides connectivity across all the clinical teams within the organisation. This has helped them save money that can instead be used to fund more patient care.
Lastly, clinical staff will benefit from a more efficient network, with easy access to vital information, enabling them to devote more of their time to providing the community with excellent specialist palliative and end of life care.