Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Putting patients in the driving seat works

Gosh, it’s been an incredibly busy few weeks.
So much for a summer-break, the iWantGreatCare team has been fully occupied helping our existing clients realise all the benefits of real-time, direct patient experience.

One of the fascinating things about enabling organisations to harness patient experience as an outcome metric, is how rapidly it becomes an essential and powerful tool affecting so much of what they do, and how they do it “from ward to board”. This is exciting and satisfying - sort of like letting a genie out of the bottle, but with every one winning (not just the person who gets to make the wish!).

In addition to the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley once again naming iWantGreatCare as an example of patient-centric outcomes which “put patients in the driving seat”, the Department of Health have released their Outcomes document and Health White Paper.

All those who are passionate about high quality care and patients getting the very best treatment, will be delighted by the new focus on outcomes. Most importantly, the measures to be used include those that are reported directly by patients (including experience ratings at a highly detailed level).

This shift from targets to outcomes is long overdue and - if done properly - will benefit every single user and employee of the NHS.

Exciting times.


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