MedicBank Healthcare (#2706)

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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
An online platform to recruit doctors and nurses for locum/temp shifts, and permanent shifts.
Overview of Innovation:
MedicBank is an online platform to recruit locum and permanent nurses/doctors to hospitals, cutting the current high costs associated with traditional agencies. Nurses and doctors will be able to select shifts at immediate and elective notice, and matching AI software will aid this process to improve links between staff managers and their staff. This AI component will also help hospitals better understanding pricing by: times of the day, seasonal holidays, position and urgency.

The platform has been designed to improve the usability and interface between hospitals, their staff and future hires. Maintaining a real-time focus on intelligent pricing strategies and demand planning backed by our custom big data algorithms. The impact of this is seen on healthcare delivery. Hospitals will save a lot of money through our novel billing system, and this means that they can spend more directly on healthcare provisions. Furthermore, as a result of better staffing, patients will be seen sooner and should receive a higher quality of care.
Stage of Development:
Close to market - Prototype near completion and final form may require additional validation/evaluation and all CE marking and regulatory requirements are in place
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Overview summary:
Lantum is an intelligent clinical bank management platform using AI & machine learning to send the right shifts to the right people with minimal effort

Our Health Partnership (OHP) is a GP partnership in Birmingham/surrounding areas, consisting of 38 practices & nearly 240 GPs serving around 333,000 patients
 
Lantum set up a collaborative staffing bank for OHP in August 2016 with salaried “roving” GPs/local locums. Lantum’s approach of establishing a network of trusted, readily accessible online local doctors has led to impressive results for OHP
Challenge identified and actions taken :
As part of their aim to improve life for their members, Our Health Partnership (OHP) were looking to provide a way for all practices to share local GPs without paying high agency fees.
 
The challenge they faced, was how to achieve this without creating more time consuming, manual scheduling for the central admin team and local practices.
 
In June 2016, Lantum began working with OHP to set up a digital collaborative staff bank, with the goal of transforming the way member practices manage their locum requirement.
 
Lantum provided an end to end platform with tools for both GPs and OHP practices. For both admin staff and GPs everything is highly automated to save time and effort: timesheets, payroll, pension forms, optimising gap filling and even much of credentialing.
 
Lantum also helped OHP devise an implementation strategy including communications to both practices and GPs, a launch event, and support via a dedicated activation team.
 
The bank - comprised of local locum contacts & salaried ‘roving’ GPs to further reduce costs - went live on the 8th August, 2016.
Impacts / outcomes: 

Lantum’s technology now allows OHP practices find GPs in seconds.
 
When a job is posted on Lantum it triggers smart app, text message and email notifications to be sent to GPs who are available to work in the area. OHP Practices can also choose for any sessions not filled by staff from the collaborative bank to be made available for the wider community of local GPs on Lantum.
 
3 months after the launch, OHP practices filled 90% of all hours posted on Lantum. 46% of those hours were filled with an OHP bank GP, saving practices £2,653 in agency fees.
 
Cumulative savings 12 months after launch were in excess of £24k and there are now nearly 90 OHP bank GPs, working as many as 100 hours per month across member practices.
Which local or national clinical or policy priorities does this innovation address:
NHS England’s 2016-17 Business Plan – https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/bus-plan-16.pdf “Primary care is the bedrock of the NHS. We will support GPs, widen the workforce, harness digital technology and increase use of pharmacists. We will extend the range of services and improve access to them.” Lantum’s intelligent staff management platform uses digital technology to assist healthcare providers to improve the continuity of care they provide to their patients by enabling them to source high quality and cost-effective GP cover for their practices.
Supporting quote for the innovation from key stakeholders:
We were looking for an innovative way to meet the challenge of sourcing high quality and cost-effective GP cover in our practices. We wanted a reliable and effective solution and the Lantum approach, of establishing a network of trusted local doctors that are readily accessible online, was instantly appealing.
 
The platform is easy-to-use and the energetic activation teams who assisted with the set-up meant our practices were fully bought in from the word go. We have seen impressive results since its launch and are excited to see what it can deliver in the future.

 
Dr Mark Newbold, Managing Director, OHP

The beauty of the Lantum platform is how easy it is to use and the cost savings it offers to our member practices when they book a bank GP. Looking to the future, we are really excited to see how the idea can be applied to other grades of staff.”
 
Lesley Evans, Operations Director, OHP
Plans for the future:
OHP and Lantum are now working on applying the GP bank model to other grades of staff. By building a flexible staffing platform for forward thinking providers like OHP, Lantum aims to help maximise the potential of local workforces across the NHS, improving patient access and reducing temporary staffing costs.
Tips for adoption:
Engagement (of both practice staff and locum GPs) is key to the success of a collaborative staff bank. In practical terms, this means communicating the goals of the initiative early and often, whilst making sure everyone understands the benefits they can expect by participating.
 
I particularly liked the approach of OHP working in collaboration with Lantum to bring the concept to life. Their team provided ample support throughout the process with bi-weekly conference calls to discuss the progress of onboarding practices and GPs. We were able to quickly build a great working relationship and I believe this was key to the bank’s success.”
 
Lesley Evans, Operations Director, OHP
Contact for further information:
Simon Wright, Engagement Manager
07985 648 871
0203 793 4257
simon@lantum.com
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
LASSO utilises disruptive 'Uber style' technology to introduce a unique approach in nurse recruitment. It enables the immediate supply of higher quality, temporary nurses to the healthcare market at half the current cost. 
Overview of Innovation:
LASSO is an innovative technology solution aimed at addressing the crisis in healthcare recruitment. A unique, mobile-centric platform has been created to allow healthcare workers the ability to directly interface with hospital providers through a simple, user-friendly, free smartphone app. This eradicates the need for third party agencies and gives workers full control back in terms of managing their own lives, at their own convenience. The same technology can also be utilised to manage hospital temporary staffing 'banks,' without the need for employed bank administrators and managers.
 
This disruptive technology enables immediate supply of higher quality, temporary staff to the healthcare market at significantly reduced cost. Currently, £3.6 billion is spent on NHS agency staffing pa with this spend recognised as one of the most significant causes of deteriorating hospital finances. Unfortunately, this spend sits alongside a noticeable decline in the quality of temporary staff, traditional recruitment agencies knowingly making excessive margins, aging IT platforms resulting in inefficiency and declining productivity, and antiquated, manual paper-based processes operated by teams of administrators.
 
LASSO utilises ‘Uber’ and ‘TripAdvisor’ style technology to eradicate unnecessary manual intervention. Its unique and dynamic system and simplicity of process are offered for instantly seeking/booking temporary work and immediately receiving feedback/rating on the service provided. This responsive approach not only increases productivity and removes un-necessary waste,  but it also  delivers millions of pounds of savings to healthcare organisations. LASSO’s pledge is to re-invest a proportion of any profit back into training and education to increase and incentivise its future partnership. LASSO believes its approach and value proposition will not only drive up quality but also support the retention of UK trained nurses, Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) and doctors.
 
With an annual 28% increase in NHS agency nursing spend and NHS organisations now fined for agency overspending, Introducing such a unique product with significant customer/user value proposition into a sector that has experienced little disruption in 15 years, will result in rapid time to value. 
Stage of Development:
Close to market - Prototype near completion and final form may require additional validation/evaluation and all CE marking and regulatory requirements are in place
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Digital health / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
Economic- LASSO will provide significant direct and indirect savings to NHS providers. In terms of direct savings, LASSO recruitment fees will be at most 50% of the current fees charged by the traditional recruitment agencies with an instant realisation of benefits as the savings are shift related.  Initial projections highlight this equates to millions per annum (pa) for most Trusts.. More efficient automation will result in indirect savings through increased productivity with the release of workforce time and the introduction of a paperless framework.
 
• Social- one of LASSO’s major aims is to instantly improve its partners' quality of life and give back direct control of working life. Staff are empowered and able to immediately post when and where they wish to work rather than wait for third party intervention. Equally, providers have the opportunity to post shifts immediately and choose who fills the shift in a more responsive way informed by staff rating. Receiving feedback through the rating system, makes staff feel valued and appreciated at work and provides motivation to 'be the best.'
 
• Educational - LASSO believes, with a 20% reduction in applications for nurse training, investment in future partners is critical. Once financially stable, LASSO will therefore invest in the training and education of new and existing staff. This investment will be in the form of free extra placements/courses and costs are built in.
 
• Political– recognising the NHS is 'publicly' managing the largest deficit it has ever faced, there is now a strong political imperative to reduce spending. Agency staffing cost accounts for one of the largest contributors to this deficit with most trusts spending millions pa. This scenario is compounded by the fact that the quality of temporary staffing is falling resulting in the potential for patient safety to be compromised and for trusts to face reputational and regulatory pressure. With no market transformation  or alternative approach, trusts are struggling to comply with the new targets. LASSO will address this.
 
• Environmental - transforming the recruitment and placement approach from a traditional administrator-led, paper-based process to one delivered through innovative technology offers real, tangible benefit that can be instantly realised. A paperless system removes any waste associated with documentation and waste disposal.
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Benefit to WM population:
The LASSO project aims to commence its implementation in the West Midlands region as the first roll out area. Projections across the West Midlands region calculate the potential NHS saving to be around £10m pa. LASSO has already partnered with Worcester Hospitals NHS Trust to act as the pilot Trust. It will therefore be Worcester that work directly with the LASSO team to refine the project and make it individual for their nurses and ‘shift bookers.’ They currently spend £7.7m pa on agency nursing fees of which £1.2m is recruitment agency costs. LASSO will therefore save the hospital up to £600k pa on agency spend.
 
Worcester currently have a contract for their ‘bank staff’ with NHS Professionals (NHSP). This contract is due to expire, and as the service provided is of poor quality (less than 28% of shifts filled) and expensive, the Trust have  also agreed to work with LASSO to develop a bank product. They will serve notice on the NHSP contract and once the LASSO bank product is developed they intend to purchase bank nurses from LASSO, which will not only provide savings but offer a significantly higher quality of service. Once both LASSO products are embedded in Worcester, they will be rolled out across the West Midlands and then other regions nationally.
Current and planned activity: 
Engagement with the NHS can be challenging, based on the complexity of the organisations and the political agenda. This challenge has been simplified with several of the LASSO leadership team are already known to the NHS and well regarded. As such LASSO has already undertaken engagement with a number of NHS organisations including NHS Trusts and NHS Improvement. St Bartholomew’s Hospital (a LASSO partner) worked with the development team to help scope and create the LASSO prototype, through a number of user workshops. Nurses and ‘shift bookers’ engaged to describe the challenges they faced, inform the team of the flows associated with existing process and then redesigned these flows and the associated requirement to inform the prototype design. LASSO has shared its aspirations and work directly with NHS Improvement to get their full ‘buy-in’ to the programme and the team have now commenced engagement with a number of West Midlands Trusts to prepare for the first regional roll-out. 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
As the technology itself is not new, Intellectual Property does not apply in this instance. The innovation comes from the use of this technology to transform temporary nurse recruitment. LASSO has protected this innovation with robust Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) being agreed with all organisations prior to formal engagement.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
2 years
Ease of scalability: 
3
Regional Scalability:
The Business Case and associated Implementation Plan propose the roll-out of the product across the West Midlands over a 24 month period. This allows for lessons learnt to be understood and embedded for every new site, to ensure the technology is highly responsive to users, potential future partners and other commercial opportunities. Positive conversations have already commenced with Trusts who are due to be targeted after the pilot site.
 
Measures:
LASSO will provide direct and indirect savings for NHS organisations with an 'increased volume/reduced cost' model seeing providers paying a baseline cost which is 50% lower than the current commercial rate and as the volume of LASSO shifts posted and filled increases, so the costs of buying LASSO shifts fall. This saving, along with fill rates and speed of shift fill will be monitored and reported on a monthly basis to all Trust Boards as part of the project.
 
The Trip Advisor App embedded within LASSO provides the opportunity to instantly measure and feedback on the quality of the temporary workforce being utilised. This unique system offers both nurses and providers the opportunity to rate each other and provide feedback - something both parties expressly requested in the workshops. This information will be utilised by LASSO and the organisations to monitor and check quality and inform required changes as necessary.
 
In line with all healthcare providers, LASSO will ensure all regulatory and compliance standards and requirements are met, with the use of technology being utilised to simplify this protracted process and also ensure that all appropriate checks are undertaken and recorded electronically for reference. 
 
Within the individual nurse profile sits a full training and education profile which will need to be reviewed and updated to support ongoing LASSO compliance/registration. This information is then stored in the form of an electronic 'training' passport which nurses can share with Trusts and other organisations. This information can also be utilised to assist in training and development programmes. Once a 'swell' of nurses are registered on the LASSO system, LASSO has agreed to share regional and national workforce information to support workforce planning and education programmes.
Adoption target:
There is a proposed detailed phased roll-out plan of all the West Midlands Trusts highlighted with the Business Case. This has been designed to ensure early adoption within less complex organisations followed by an ability to scale up at pace and market the opportunity to numerous customers, once the implementation model is proven.
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