Technology that accurately predicts when patients will be ready to leave hospital upon their arrival in A&E is being introduced to solve the NHS bed-blocking crisis.
The artificial intelligence (AI) software analyzes data including age, medical conditions and previous hospital stays to estimate how long a patient will need to remain.
Hospital managers can then alert social care services in advance about the date when patients are expected to be discharged, allowing care home beds or community care packages to be prepared.
Nurses said the technology had “revolutionised” their ability to discharge patients on time, meaning people who would otherwise have been stuck in hospital had got home for Christmas.
The latest NHS England figures show that 13,697 hospital beds a day — about 15