Patient contact time can be doubled among frontline community health teams by moving to modern computing systems, researchers have found.
They said this can be achieved by simple changes. For instance a clinician can save an average saving of 10 miles per day by not having to drive to the office to collect daily schedules.
Traditional work practices contain an excessive administrative burden for clinicians, according to the report by the University of Reading, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust and communications specialist Skillweb.
It made a number of other recommendations to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of community healthcare workers, including real time task update and event monitoring, to avoid manual collection of daily schedules; electronic data capture; access to accurate data in the field; and route planning.
Electronic job scheduling and task management tools can not only reduce the administrative burden, they can also improve team visibility and efficiency as well, said Paul Ridden of Skillweb.