Synopsis innovates to support the NHS tackle post COVID-19 pre-op backlog

In response to COVID-19, the NHS has postponed more than 2 million operations after non-emergency surgery was cancelled for at least three months to free-up beds and re-deploy staff for coronavirus patients

Synopsis, the leading pre-op assessment platform has expanded to further support the NHS tackle the elective surgery backlog post COVID-19.

In response to COVID-19, the NHS has postponed more than 2 million operations after non-emergency surgery was cancelled for at least three months to free-up beds and re-deploy staff for coronavirus patients. According to NHS England, postponing these planned operations has crucially released 12,000 beds for patients who have fallen ill after contracting coronavirus.

Once these 12,000 beds are no longer required for patients fighting the virus, attention will turn to the backlog. Beginning the pre-op assessment process at pace and as efficiently as possible is vital for pre-operative assessment departments to triage and swim-lane patients into the correct fitness and readiness categories ahead of surgery.

Innovation ready to support all requirements - and a new solution launched

The Synopsis platform has been expanded to meet a full spectrum of pre-operative ways-of-working in post COVID-19 healthcare. Understanding hospitals across the NHS will be facing different backlog pressures, and desire varying levels of digitalisation and automation, Synopsis can now be deployed in four different capacities.

Each deployment capacity serves to provide the ideal correlation between deployment time and IT resource requirements, alongside desired outcomes and preferred ways-of-working.

For example, if a complete digital pre-operative assessment solution is required (inside and outside the hospital), Synopsis iQ and Synopsis Home would be deployed. However, if a lighter digital process is required to immediately begin assessing patients remotely, Synopsis Home can be launched in isolation in just 24 hours.

If some integration is preferred without committing to a full digital workflow (perhaps due to limited availability of internal IT resources), then Synopsis Home can be deployed alongside a brand new solution – Synopsis iQ Lite.

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