Kim Robertson, Head of Radiology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, talked delegates through the Transforming Outcome and Health Economics Through Imaging (TOHETI) initiative.
Kim admitted the title was a bit of a mouthful, but summed it up more succinctly explaining: “It’s about how we can use imaging technology better to improve patient care.”
Through the use of cutting edge imaging technology, the project, a collaboration between King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas and Kings College Hospital, aims to show how imaging can be used more proactively and effectively across a number of different patient pathways.
Kim structured her talk around three main pillars of the project; looking at whole pathways, workforce, and how do we influence.
On pathways, Kim explained the programme’s aim to take out unnecessary steps between presentation and diagnosis or discharge, by utilising imaging much earlier in the patient’s pathway.
“It’s about faster diagnostics, and taking a patient off an 18 week pathway if they don’t need to be on it!” she said.