The NHS Long Term Plan targets include achieving a reduction in footfall to GPs and hospitals and increased equality of healthcare (BAME communities and communities with high levels of deprivation).
By increasing ability to offer remote / at home testing the aim is to achieve a reduction in “do not attends” and missed appointment costs, and a reduction in staff and administration costs
The PocDoc digital platform and associated tests allow individuals to test themselves for major diseases using their smartphone, with results available immediately in the PocDoc app, see a full health assessment and have access to follow on care where required.
Key cost savings as based on a health economic case prepared in collaboration with Dr Neil Paul and Howbeck Healthcare Consultancy include:
- Primary Care in England and Wales could save in excess of 20,000 hours per week of employee costs by implementation of PocDoc
- Using the Agenda for Change banding, assuming band 2, this equates to a total annual saving of £9.4million
- This does not take into account the value of reduced footfall in surgery, reduced strain on car parking and increased patient compliance
- The tariff price for the tests on the PocDoc platform are £3.18 per test; PocDoc can deliver a test to the NHS at a price of £1.50 – GPs order over 50 million lipid tests per year, meaning PocDoc could save £75million per year on patholody test costs alone
- Wherever tests can be performed as self tests, this removes the cost of the health care assistant or nurse completely
- -Areas with high deprivation, e.g. Liverpool, Greater Manchester, have been highlighted recently in the Nuffield Trust Quality Watch report (Jan 2020) as requiring innovative, low-cost ways to implement Universal Personalised Care and Widening Digital Participation programmes, which PocDoc can provide.