A&E crisis: How EMIS Health is helping to break the chain

03 Apr 2017

The A&E crisis is rarely out of the headlines. While the issues are complex, there are many areas where technology is helping to ease the load. Haidar Samiei, EMIS Health's clinical director and consultant in emergency medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, explains.

Unless you never read the papers or watch TV, you must know that A&E services in England are facing a crisis of unprecedented proportions. 

The number of people seeking treatment in A&E across England in the last decade has risen from around 17m in 2005 to over 23m in 2016. That’s equivalent to the work of dozens of departments that haven’t even been built. According to a BBC analysis of NHS England and OECD data, 11% of all patients face a four-hour trolley wait.

At the coal face the change has felt intense and resource hasn’t grown in line with demand.  While there is no silver bullet, at EMIS Health we are proud of the many ways in which our technology is helping clinicians to manage demand and work more efficiently.

“Technology has a role at almost every point in the chain – from preventing people attending A&E in the first place to speeding up discharge and freeing vital hospital beds.”

Haidar Samiei, EMIS Health clinical director and consultant in emergency medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust