Elemental TV welcomed Darren Atkins, Chief Technology Officer for Automation & AI at East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT).
Following the merger of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, Darren explored how the use of Robot Technology could potentially help to bring the 2 organisations together - both corporately and clinically. The result is a Virtual Digital Workforce that supports the trust'Âs corporate and clinical teams, enabling frontline staff to spend more time with patients.
18 months on, ESNEFT have created time-saving automation processes using an in-house team that is making a massive difference to hard-working NHS staff. By automating key processes in clinical and corporate areas, to date the Trust has been able to free-up over 35,000 hours of time, avoided wasting Â£1.2m in unused outpatient appointments, and allowed staff to spend more time with patients.
ESNEFT have been instrumental in creating the NHS Marketplace, an on-line platform to allow like-minded Trusts to collaborate and share automations across the NHS.
Check out Darren's blog Something Incredible for video demos and helpful guides.