UK-based doctors and nurse practitioners can sign up for Doc Abode to provide in-home visits to urgent care patients in their local area. Healthcare professionals can set their availability and location covered for control of their working patterns.
The demand on current healthcare models has been steadily surpassing their ability to cope with the growing need. To help receive proper healthcare, innovative and scalable approaches are required. That is precisely what Doc Abode has created. It’s a program that’s designed to ease the demand on the national health service (NHS) by connecting healthcare professionals with patients requiring care in their same neighbourhood.
UK-based GPs and advanced nurse practitioners (ANPs) can participate in the program by registering with Doc Abode online. Once their application has been approved, the healthcare professional can download the app and set up their profile, including notification preferences and availability for taking home visits. There is complete autonomy for when and where the individual wants to work.
A healthcare provider such as the NHS 111 helpline or an out of hours clinic can request an appointment for a patient. All the medical history and details are submitted to the app. An available GP or ANP located near the patient will receive a notification and can accept if they find it’s suitable. If rejected, the home visit notification is sent to another available GP. The healthcare professional is paid for each home visit they complete, rates are set by the local health provider. Let’s say a patient calls NHS 111 requiring in-home care; it could take some hours before they are seen due to the large areas the medical professionals typically cover and is dependent on the number of visiting doctors on shift. By making in-home urgent care scalable allows appropriate patients to be seen promptly while helping them avoid any unnecessary visits to hospitals. Doc Abode’s model is based on a successful pilot they conducted, resulting in a further £900,000 grant to develop their scalable program.