Primary care in the UK is predominately responsible for providing proactive testing and assessments for the early detection of disease. However, some inefficiencies in the clinical system or electronic health record can result in extra appointments and administrative work.
The proactive care of patients in the UK rests with primary care providers, who are dealing with workforce challenges like many healthcare sectors. Routine assessments and blood tests are required to detect an array of diseases early, many of which may not have symptoms until they present later. Early detection provides the patient with the best chance for a positive outcome. For example, if high blood pressure goes untreated, the patient is at a much higher risk of heart disease and stroke.
Routinely monitoring patients is a time-consuming, resource-intensive process on a system that is overwhelmed by the current demands of the population. According to the British Medical Association (BMA), England has a significantly lower doctor-to-patient ratio than comparable EU nations. The EU average is 3.7 doctors per 1000 patients, while England has only 2.8 per 1000 people. This makes investing in innovative solutions essential to prevent minor health issues from becoming expensive and fatal diseases.
In 2022, Abtrace was selected as 1 of 10 innovators to participate in the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA). The program’s goal is to support advancements in health care and introduce new solutions to England’s NHS within three years.
How is Abtrace supporting primary care in England?
London-based startup Abtrace is developing solutions to do more with the data already available. The Abtrace Proactive Monitoring system integrates with electronic health records (EHRs) to continuously scan patient data. Using artificial intelligence, Abtrace can identify any patient that requires an action from their primary care team.
Information from EHRs is passed through national safety guidelines to ensure patients receive proactive monitoring and care based on the latest advice. The Abtrace system identifies overdue patients and facilitates easy contact between provider and patient. It also highlights patients who have not engaged for further follow-up.
An analysis is provided to the GP surgery so patients can be scheduled based on the greatest need while avoiding accidental duplicate appointments. In addition, the platform reduces the administrative load on clinics which aids in improved use of resources. Abtrace is in the process of advancing its solution to assist in the early detection of diseases.