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Trust adopts visual technology across all its Community Health Services

Nottinghamshire Healthcare is delighted to announce a full rollout of tech solution Isla to support the secure capture and storage of both patient and clinician submitted photos and videos across Nottinghamshire.

After a successful pilot and rollout of Isla to support wound care and podiatric care, the Isla visual technology is being expanded to the whole of the Trust’s Community Health Services. Within the past year, Isla has been rolled out to over 14 clinical teams including a number of community nursing teams, community podiatry and podiatric surgery. The upcoming rollout will enable therapy teams and specialist care teams across the organisation to further use the platform to support their triage, diagnosis and monitoring of patients.

The first phase of the rollout, focusing on elective recovery and wound care, empowered clinical teams to explore how visual data can be used to support community care provision. Within community nursing, Isla is used to support triage, review continence assessments and de-escalate patient referrals where appropriate. For all relevant conditions, the presence of a photo or video has allowed the triage teams to de-escalate 75% of their demand from same day to planned intervention and reduce 15% of their clinical contacts.

Angie Bell, District Nurse for the Larwood Team, said: “Isla has reduced the number of same day visits the team has to attend. By having a clear visual insight of the patient’s condition at the point of referral, an informed assessment is made based on individual need. The use of Isla also supports the Trust’s self-care agenda, and it empowers patients, relatives and carers to lead their own healthcare.

Findings from the podiatric surgery and community podiatry teams highlight a cumulative potential saving of over 395 clinical hours per year by shifting 8-week and 6-month reviews for appropriate patients to remote interactions using Isla. This will allow clinicians to address clinical backlogs exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The deployment of the platform more broadly within Community Health Services will allow additional clinical areas to benefit from immediate access to the use of photos and videos to inform the delivery of patient care.



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