Great Ormond Street uses software to improve patient care

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has announced it is using a new clinical pathway solution to help reduce the time doctors and nurses spend on paper-based administrative tasks.

The hospital is using Arezzo, by information analytics business Elsevier, to enable healthcare professionals to spend time with their patients and make smarter care decisions. The system presents personalised patient pathways to clinicians by combining medical guidelines, protocols, and order sets with patient information.

Using the system, clinicians can receive patient advice allowing them to make care decision based on the results of investigations performed by Arezzo.

Commenting on the use of the system so far, Dr. Catherine Peters, consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, said: “In practical terms Arezzo allows our medical staff to spend more time on the ward with patients, not buried in paperwork. The intricacy of the software algorithms means it is capable of interpreting sets of physician requests and suggesting the optimum care pathway and timing of tests that an individual child might need.”

Another benefit Great Ormond Street Hospital has seen from using Arezzo is reduced wastage. The hospital has saved resources and indeed budget by knowing what tests to order: unnecessary tests are estimated to account for 30% of healthcare spend.

Tim Hawkins, managing director, Clinical Solutions EMEALA and APAC, said: “The Kingfisher Ward at GOSH manages highly complex conditions which require many hours of planning by the medical staff. Arezzo is helping the medical staff analyse the situation and deliver care pathway suggestions based on each patient’s personal needs. That’s a precious outcome, giving the medical staff more time to spend with their patients.”

Great Ormond Street Hospital and Elsevier are working towards expanding the current implantation of Arezzo as part of the Trust’s new electronic patient record rollout.

Reece Armstrong is a reporter for Digital Health Age. Coming from the North East of England, Reece has an MA in Media & Journalism and a BA in Popular & Contemporary Music from Newcastle University. Reach him on Twitter or email via:

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