The NHS is under significant pressure from central and devolved governments to improve efficiency and productivity, empower patients to shape and manage their own health and care and to improve health outcomes1.
The number one priority of the NHS’ 10 Point Efficiency Plan is to free up between 2,000 and 3,000 hospital beds2 by accelerating the discharge of patients who are otherwise fit and whose care would more appropriately be delivered in other settings. With around 200,0003,4 hip and knee replacement procedures performed annually in the UK and demand set to rise due to lengthening life expectancy and growing obesity rates, any reduction in the typical in-stay duration of 2-4 days would have a significant, positive impact on NHS efficiency and productivity.
Enhanced recovery programmes are, however, leading a paradigm shift in the post-operative physical rehabilitation of orthopaedic patients. With BPMpathway, patients can be discharged as early as the day of their surgery to continue their rehabilitation at home under self-direction, with clinicians remotely assessing their recovery. This has the potential to improve patient flow, freeing up beds by reducing the length of a patient’s hospital stay and cost to as little as a single day. Furthermore, there is the additional benefit of minimising patients’ exposure to the additional complication of hospital-acquired infections.
BPMpathway is a cost-effective remote patient assessment platform that supports orthopaedic patients through their preparation for surgery at enhanced recovery joint schools, during the acute hospital phase and crucially supports them throughout their rehabilitation, whilst at the same time providing clinicians with the vital data needed to assess their on-going recovery progress.