Clinical audit is fundamental to quality improvement projects. However, it is often hindered by factors that include accessibility, resource and data capture, whilst simultaneously posing risks to information and clinical governance through a mixed uncoordinated ecosystem of paper and electronic data silos in a commonly less than ideal environment for registration, progress monitoring, action recording and information sharing for audits.
Clinical professionals, in particular nursing and medical staff, are directly affected as those commonly performing these quality improvement projects, but this also extends to allied health professionals and clinical governance teams who administer them.
A sustainable trust-wide digital platform for clinical audit will be developed and implemented to widen digital and clinical participation across all specialties, and to enable greater utilisation across the health network. This will immediately transform information governance by removing risks from multiple independent data silos and align with a paperless strategy. It will centralise data capture and audits in real-time to improve governance and monitoring of quality improvement projects, enable more detailed analytics that will be critical to support key lines of inquiry from internal and external bodies, and provide an opportunity to explore in depth the technological and economic impact of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and mobile working.
This platform will enable the workforce to become more directly engaged in understanding data capture, sharing and analytics, empowering them with increased access to digital technology which will directly support them in improvement, whilst simultaneously benefiting a wider health economy.
With over 15 years in the NHS, I am a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine with experience in training, patient safety, risk assessment and management. I am a past committee member of the Society of Computing and Technology in Anaesthesia (SCATA) for whom I co-organised the 2016 annual scientific meeting.
My clinical IT interests are in disruptive technology, mHealth, clinical informatics and decision support. I have provided expertise in trust IT procurement, application, development and delivery.