Refero - Remote consultation to connect care providers, better support people at home

Refero - Remote consultation to connect care providers, better support people at home

Refero connects clinical workforces to patients, other carers and citizens, quickly, simply and cost effectively. It has been proven to work across organisational boundaries and is now NHS approved and is designed to work with standard technology toolsets already used.

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Overview

Refero augments and overlays them with minimal change and can be customised to fit clinical use cases/service lines already in place. Using Refero clinical Multi Disciplinary Teams (MDTs) can work anywhere, any time, on any device – putting the patient at the centre of care pathways.

Health Innovation Manchester worked with Refero, and introduced the innovation to key stakeholders, sharing observations which led to iterative development and the testing of the platform, commercial model and service delivery for use cases.

Health Innovation Manchester also introduced appropriate suppliers within their remit, to explore and develop ecosystem partnerships. This collaborative approach allowed further development relating to new and novel approaches for connecting patient families to the clinical staff when in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In care homes, connecting the carer for the patient was developed. In a diabetic setting, a new and novel way of screen sharing information between clinician and patient (across disparate and locked-in systems of record) was developed.


The challenge addressed is better team working, to put patient at centre of connected care experience by improved communications between care provider teams and patient, with appropriately shared information and insight to improve patient outcomes.

Refero’s solution needed to take account of many factors where boundaries needed to be deconstructed providing patients with more engagement in their own care experience. Multi-disciplinary teams, often working separately, required bringing together and legacy systems and  interoperability issues needed accounting for.

Impact & Outcomes

The key outcomes from the current use of the Refero system at St Helens and Knowsley NHS trust (STHK) and other sites are:

  • Regional Secondary Care is now active across 60 STHK clinical service lines.
  • It has reduced DNAs by 70% - 180 per user, saving c£27K per user/pa.

  • It has been fully integrated into PAS.

  • It has reduced unnecessary travel – by up to £4K per user/pa.

  • It has provided improved clinical insight leading to better patient experience.

There has been 100% patient satisfaction, adoption/engagement (in appropriate settings).