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Idox Health launches market-leading mobile devices for optimum asset tracking Idox Health has introduced a new range of mobile devices to its iFIT hospital management suite, adopting the latest smart technology to provide a premium scanning solution.The handheld RFID tag 21/10/2019 /media/1904/shutterstock_731018359_hospital_with-scanner.jpg Idox Health launches market-leading mobile devices for optimum asset tracking <p>Idox Health has introduced a new range of mobile devices to its <a href="/solutions/ifit-hospital-management/">iFIT hospital management suite</a>, adopting the latest smart technology to provide a premium scanning solution.</p> <p>The handheld RFID tag readers support enhanced asset tracking and records logistics management, making it even easier and faster for NHS Trusts and Health Boards to locate, manage and utilise vital hospital equipment and patient records – all essential for providing a secure and cost-saving solution which supports patient and clinical safety.</p> <p>Just some of the benefits of the new mobile devices include: better scanning performance with a scanning distance of up to eight meters; better coverage with an improved directional reach and ability to locate assets over five meters away; and greater flexibility with a ‘cradle’ which accepts a mobile phone, running either iOS or Android operating systems.</p> <p>The team are already working with customers to ensure they benefit from this latest technology.</p> <p>The devices are the latest development in Idox Health’s commitment to providing innovative healthcare solutions which deliver for Trusts and patients. To find out more about the new <a rel="noopener" data-udi="umb://media/810bd69700e84926b567ab5d5ad35a41" href="/media/1903/ifit-mobile-devices_final.pdf" target="_blank" title="iFIT mobile devices">iFIT mobile devices</a>, please download the flyer or <a href="/about-us/contact-us/">contact the team</a> today.</p>
Rolling the dice with sexual health? New challenges for STI services Today is the start of Sexual Health Week, which aims to raise awareness about services for the testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The UK has a strong track record in the 16/09/2019 /media/1907/shw_instagram.png Rolling the dice with sexual health? New challenges for STI services <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/1899/shw_instagram.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/cd5bc498595e465a88b61c8d431a03ef" /><img style="padding: 40px; float: right;" src="/media/1899/shw_instagram.png?width=189&amp;height=189" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/cd5bc498595e465a88b61c8d431a03ef" />Today is the start of <a href="https://www.brook.org.uk/about-brook/sexual-health-week-2019">Sexual Health Week</a>, which aims to raise awareness about services for the testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The UK has a strong track record in the provision of STI services. But they are now facing new challenges, including a rise in demand, significant cutbacks in public health funding, and the emergence of infections that are resistant to treatment.</p> <p><strong>A historical perspective</strong></p> <p>STIs go back a long way. Syphilis first became widely reported in Europe during the late fifteenth century, while gonorrhoea was first described 3,500 years ago. For a long time, these diseases were incurable, afflicting millions of people and leading to infertility, disfigurement and insanity. Early attempts at treatment with mercury often proved fatal. With the development of penicillin in the 1940s, along with improvements in sex education, the rates of STIs fell dramatically. More recently, new drugs have revolutionised the treatment of people living with HIV.</p> <p><strong>A growing problem</strong></p> <p>Today, the instances of STIs are rising. In <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/nov/06/australias-gonorrhoea-rise-63-driven-by-urban-heterosexuals">Australia</a>, rates of syphilis, gonorrhoea and chlamydia are the highest since the 1990s. It’s a similar story in the <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/26/health/std-highest-ever-reported-cdc/index.html">United States</a> and <a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/report-sexually-transmitted-infections-canada-2013-14.html">Canada</a>, while in the <a href="https://ecdc.europa.eu/sites/portal/files/documents/AER_for_2015-syphilis.pdf">European Union</a> reported syphilis cases have continued to grow. HIV remains a major public health concern, with recent <a href="https://www.euronews.com/2018/12/01/aids-is-on-the-rise-in-europe-who-report-finds">data</a> indicating a significant number of new infections in eastern Europe.</p> <p>In the UK, a 2019 <a href="https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmhealth/1419/1419.pdf">report</a> by the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee found that overall STIs fell between 2013 and 2017. But more recent figures have revealed worrying developments:</p> <ul> <li>In 2017 there was a 20% increase in cases of syphilis in England, and a 22% increase in gonorrhoea.</li> <li>In Scotland, the number of cases of syphilis recorded has reached a 15-year high.</li> <li>Public Health Wales has reported a 79% increase in syphilis cases in the country between 2016 and 2018.</li> <li>The number of people in Northern Ireland diagnosed with gonorrhoea in 2018 was the highest on record.</li> </ul> <p>The Committee found that the impact of STIs in England is greatest among young people. Men who have sex with men are also disproportionately affected by STIs, while in black and minority ethnic populations, the rates of STI are higher than in the general population.</p> <p>Along with the rise in the number of infections, the demand for sexual health services is increasing. At the same time, sexual health services <a href="https://www.bashh.org/news/save-our-sexual-health-services-public-petition/">say</a> they are facing unprecedented threats from government cuts to local authority public health budgets.</p> <p>In 2017, a Public Health England <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/640578/Sexual_health_reproductive_health_and_HIV_a_survey_of_commissioning.pdf">survey</a> highlighted the concerns of commissioners of sexual health services. Respondents raised concerns about a decrease in capacity and an increase in demand, in both primary care and specialist services. They believe the consequences could include a worsening of health inequalities and a shift from prevention to treatment.</p> <p>Debbie Laycock from the Terence Higgins Trust HIV charity <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44384289">told</a> BBC News:</p> <p><em>“The number of people accessing sexual health services has continued to rise, demand is on the increase and we’re hearing day-to-day more and more people are saying they’re being turned away from sexual health clinics. When it becomes harder to get an appointment, this is likely to deter people who don’t have symptoms, but just want a routine test. Those routine tests pick up infections at an early stage and stop them being spread to too many other people.”</em></p> <p><strong>Services at “breaking point”</strong></p> <p>There are concerns that this situation will worsen: from April 2020, previously ring-fenced sexual health, drug and alcohol services, which in England are funded by local authorities, will be competing for increasingly scarce funds alongside other council services such as social care.</p> <p>The Health and Social Care Committee argues that budget cutbacks are not only bad for individuals’ health, but also increase overall costs to the NHS:</p> <p><em>“Cuts to spending on sexual health, as with other areas of public health expenditure, are a false economy because they lead to higher financial costs for the wider health system. Inadequate sexual health services may also lead to serious personal long-term health consequences for individuals and jeopardise other public health campaigns such as the fight against antimicrobial resistance.”</em></p> <p>This last point refers to a worrying new issue in the treatment of STIs. In recent months, several cases have been reported of new infections that have developed <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/two-cases-of-resistant-gonorrhoea-diagnosed-in-the-uk">resistance</a> to antibiotics.</p> <p>Dr Tim Jinks, head of Wellcome's Drug Resistant Infection programme, <a href="https://www.news-medical.net/news/20190606/A-million-a-day-STIs-are-a-worldwide-epidemic-declares-WHO.aspx">believes</a> that increasing resistance to antibiotics will make treating and curing STIs harder:</p> <p><em>"Untreatable cases of gonorrhoea are harbingers of a wider crisis, where common infections are harder and harder to treat. We urgently need to reduce the spread of these infections and invest in new antibiotics and treatments to replace those that no longer work."</em></p> <p>Some health professionals, such as Duncan Stephenson from the Royal Society for Public Health have <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/aug/03/sexual-health-services-government-cuts-tipping-point">warned</a> that sexual health services are already at breaking point:</p> <p><em>“With continued increases in rates of STIs such as syphilis… and the future threats posed by issues such as drug resistant gonorrhoea, the government is rolling the dice with the public’s sexual health.”</em><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Sexual health services for people with disabilities</strong></p> <p>This year, <a href="https://www.brook.org.uk/about-brook/sexual-health-week-2019">Sexual Health Week</a> is focused on people with disabilities, who often face barriers that prevent access to information and support. To overcome these obstacles, sexual health services need to make changes, such as providing longer consultation periods for people with learning disabilities, and training for health professionals in advising and treating patients with special needs. With sexual health services already under pressure, the challenges of meeting the particular needs of people with disabilities are all the greater.</p> <p><strong>Final thoughts</strong></p> <p>In its report, the Commons Health and Social Care Committee recommended that Public Health England should collaborate with the sectors involved in commissioning and providing sexual health services to develop a new strategy. The report’s authors believe that this strategy:</p> <p><em>“… should help </em><em>both providers and commissioners in their attempts to deliver sexual health services to a high quality and consistent level, in the face of the challenges of fragmented structures and reduced funding. </em></p> <p>The Committee also identified priority areas to be addressed by the strategy, including:</p> <ul> <li>the provision of services which meet the needs of vulnerable populations</li> <li>testing for the full range of sexually transmitted infections</li> <li>access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for those at risk of contracting HIV</li> <li>preventative interventions within all aspects of sexual health</li> </ul> <p>Sexual health is an important part of physical and mental health, as well as ensuring emotional and social well-being. Modern, rapid testing can reduce the rate of onward transmission, and ensure that patients receive the right care, leading to long and healthy lives. Ensuring that those benefits continue will be the greatest challenge facing sexual health services now and in the future.</p> <p><strong>Effective clinical management for sexual health services</strong></p> <p>Effective record-keeping is an understated, but fundamentally important element of sexual health services. Increasingly, sexual health clinics are turning to electronic systems to maintain records, improve services and deliver cost savings.</p> <p><a href="http://6pmsolutions.com/products/clinical/lilie">Lilie</a> is a clinical management software system specifically designed by Idox Health for sexual health services. Its electronic patient record (EPR) system provides fast access to patient information and greatly reduces administrative functions.</p> <p>The system also provides sexual health services with a range of options, including:</p> <ul> <li>patient communication via SMS</li> <li>modules for contraceptive and reproductive health, chlamydia screening, HIV, and prescribing services</li> <li>laboratory test results automatically received and entered into the electronic patient record</li> </ul> <p>This market-leading software is now in use in more than 140 sites.</p> <p>Further information about Lilie is available from <a href="/solutions/lilie-sexual-health-management/#close">Idox Health</a>.</p> <p>Read more in the whitepaper <a href="/resources/whitepapers/download-whitepaper-protecting-the-unprotected/">‘Protecting the unprotected: How a digital approach to sexual health screening can help clinics sustain service levels amidst funding cuts’</a></p> <p> </p>
Idox Health heads to Birmingham for BASHH 2019 Idox Health is heading to Birmingham this week for the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV's (BASHH) Annual Conference – an education and networking opportunity for sharing best practice 25/06/2019 /media/1896/lillie-221.jpg Idox Health heads to Birmingham for BASHH 2019 <p> </p> <p>Idox Health is heading to Birmingham this week for the <a href="https://www.bashh.org/events-education/conferences/annual-conference-2019/">British Association for Sexual Health and HIV's (BASHH) Annual Conference</a> – an education and networking opportunity for sharing best practice with peers and opinion leaders in the field.</p> <p>Kicking off this Sunday (30 June) at the ICC, we’ll be showcasing our market-leading sexual health and reproductive health management solution, <span><a href="/solutions/lilie-sexual-health-management/">Lilie</a></span>, in the exhibition hall. Those attending will have the opportunity to see the software’s latest innovative developments and chat to our team of experts, as well as enter our champagne prize draw.</p> <p>The three-day event – expected to attract more than 500 delegates – promises to be an invaluable forum for learning with a range of speakers and exhibitors. We’ll be on hand throughout the conference and hope to see you there!</p> <p>For more information and to register, <span><a href="https://www.bashh.org/events-education/conferences/annual-conference-2019/">visit the event website</a></span>.</p> <p>To find out more about Idox Health and Lilie, or to arrange a stand demonstration, please <span><a href="/about-us/contact-us/">get in touch</a></span>.</p>
North Cumbria Trust embraces efficient logistics management for Health Records North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is the latest organisation to recognise the benefits of fast-tracking technology as it partners with Idox Health to rollout the iFIT iRecords platform. 03/05/2019 /media/1891/sm_img01.png North Cumbria Trust embraces efficient logistics management for Health Records <p><br />North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is the latest organisation to recognise the benefits of fast-tracking technology as it partners with Idox Health to rollout the <span><a data-udi="umb://document/3f247f7afafa442eaf5cec74636471de" href="/solutions/ifit-hospital-management/irecords-records-logistics-management/" title="iRecords - Records Logistics Management">iFIT iRecords</a></span> platform.</p> <p>The efficient tracking of medical notes across the Trust’s two hospitals has been something North Cumbria has aspired to achieve for some time. The implementation of iRecords – a modern logistics management platform – will be pivotal in providing a ‘breadcrumb trail’ of health record movement, enabling the Trust to file, track and locate records far quicker than before.</p> <p>As a result, iRecords – which includes RFID tracking – will enhance patient safety and care by reducing the volume of temporary notes created and ensuring notes are available when needed. Clinical notes will also be more readily available for Clinical Coding, Audit and other ad-hoc requests.</p> <p>Natalie Karam, Head of Performance and Information at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust said: “<em>The movement of medical records around the Trust directly affects patient care if they are not available at the right time, in the right place. While the Trust works to transition to digital solutions, paper notes continue to play a significant role in patient care and we need to deliver them with accuracy and timeliness.”</em></p> <p>As well as providing Trust-wide GS1 compliance to meet The Department of Health’s eProcurement strategy mandate deadlines, the technology provides the Trust with flexibility to scale and track other assets including medical devices, prescriptions, patients and staff.</p> <p>For more information about <span><a data-udi="umb://document/6b5b1a59054d440d98545da1c943c63c" href="/solutions/ifit-hospital-management/" title="iFIT - Hospital Management">iRecords and Idox Health’s wider suite of healthcare logistics management solutions</a></span>, please visit our dedicated pages.</p>
​Hull Trust achieves target savings from Idox Health system in just five months Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has reported a rapid return from its investment in Idox Health’s iRecords solution.The system – which deploys technology for the faster tracking, storage 15/04/2019 /media/1889/gun_filing.png ​Hull Trust achieves target savings from Idox Health system in just five months <p><br />Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has reported a rapid return from its investment in Idox Health’s<span> </span><a href="http://health.idoxgroup.com/products/hospital-management/ifit" data-redactor-span="true">iRecords</a><span> </span>solution.</p> <p>The system – which deploys technology for the faster tracking, storage and retrieval of patient records –  was adopted by the Trust to manage its 3,000 case notes a day and, in just the first five months following implementation, has helped the team to hit its productivity savings targets well ahead of time.</p> <p>Martin Whittle, Health Records Manager for the Trust commented:</p> <p><em>“Now notes are filed with iRecords, we’ve been able to completely transform the management of our records, making it far easier, safer and quicker to store and retrieve patient information. As a result, we work more productively and can increase patient safety by ensuring case note availability.”</em></p> <p>The Trust has also reported a 15% library shelf space increase, and an 80% quicker filing rate for records – vital for ensuring high-quality patient care and efficient and reliable processes for the Health Records team.</p> <ul> <li>To read more about Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust’s story,<span> </span><a data-udi="umb://document/2310498e347b4ce483f1d34f6ef82a43" href="/resources/case-studies-testimonials/download-case-study-hull-university-teaching-hospitals-nhs-trust/" title="Download Case Study - Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust" data-redactor-span="true">download the full iRecords case study here</a></li> <li>To find out more about iRecords – part of Idox Health’s iFIT hospital logistics management suite email<span> </span><a href="mailto:idoxhealth@idoxgroup.com" data-redactor-span="true">idoxhealth@idoxgroup.com</a></li> </ul>
Idox Health heads for London for the GS1 UK Healthcare Conference Idox Health is delighted to be heading to London next month for the GS1 UK Healthcare Conference – an event that brings together experts from across the sector, to share their implementation successes 15/04/2019 /media/1893/iassets01.jpg Idox Health heads for London for the GS1 UK Healthcare Conference <p><img style="width: 186px; height: 156px; float: right;" src="/media/1888/gs1_corporate_small_rgb_2014-12-17.png?width=186&amp;height=156" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d90a2177fc5f409e9c1af6b644a9793f" />Idox Health is delighted to be heading to London next month for the GS1 UK Healthcare Conference – an event that brings together experts from across the sector, to share their implementation successes and discuss why digital standards are so important for the future of healthcare.</p> <p>Taking place between 9 and 10 April at the Radisson Blu Edwardian at Heathrow, the two-day event features a varied agenda across the theme of ‘Enabling improved patient safety, helping the NHS to save thousands of lives and millions of pounds.’</p> <p>As an expert in hospital logistics management, the Idox Health team will be on hand to demonstrate how its innovative iAssets solution provides users with the ability to locate, manage and utilise medical equipment for efficiently. Impinj – a partner with which Idox Health has Gold status – will also be on the stand to share how their RAIN RFID technology improves patient experience and helps services maximise efficiency.</p> <p>With over 400 attendees expected, including senior leaders from NHS trusts, national organisations, supplier and solution providers, Idox Health invites delegated to join them on Stand 22.</p> <p>If you would like to book an appointment to discuss your requirements at the event, email<span> </span><a href="mailto:idoxhealth@idoxgroup.com" data-redactor-span="true">idoxhealth@idoxgroup.com</a>.</p> <p>Registration for the event is still open on the conference website<span> </span><a href="https://www.gs1uk.org/healthcare-conference" data-redactor-span="true">here.</a></p> <p>To learn more about Idox Health’s solutions,<span> </span><a href="http://www.health.idoxgroup.com/" data-redactor-span="true"></a><a href="https://health.idoxgroup.com/get-in-touch#entry:5:url" data-redactor-span="true">get in touch</a>.</p>
Idox secures supplier status on latest Crown Commercial Service framework Idox is delighted to have been awarded a place on the new Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Data and Application Solutions framework (DAS, RM3821). 19/02/2019 /media/1843/data_applications_solutions_network.jpg Idox secures supplier status on latest Crown Commercial Service framework <p><br />Idox is delighted to have been awarded a place on the new Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Data and Application Solutions framework (DAS, RM3821).</p> <p>Due to go live 22 February 2019, the DAS framework replaces the Local Authority Software Application Solutions (LASA, RM1059) and Corporate Software Solutions frameworks (CSS, RM1042), providing a compliant route to market for software-led technology solutions to the UK public sector.</p> <p>With 14 Lots spanning five groups – Enterprise Applications, Local Government, Health and Social Care, Police and Emergency Services, and Education – Idox is pleased to confirm its success in the following:</p> <ul> <li>Lot 1b – Workflow &amp; Case Management Solutions (Enterprise Applications)</li> <li>Lot 2b – Environmental &amp; Planning (Local Government)</li> <li>Lot 2c – Citizen Services (Local Government)</li> <li>Lot 3b – Health Information Management (Health and Social Care)</li> <li>Lot 3c – Community Health &amp; Social Care (Health and Social Care)</li> <li>Lot 5a – Learning Applications &amp; Platforms (Education)</li> <li>Lot 5b – Academic Scheduling &amp; Management Solutions (Education)</li> </ul> <p>This latest achievement demonstrates Idox’s continued commitment to providing exemplary software, services and support to the UK public sector, combined with a dedication to supplier excellence in support of CCS’s aim to help the public sector achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services.</p> <p>For more information, please email <a href="mailto:marketing@idoxgroup.com">marketing@idoxgroup.com</a> or read more about the new <a href="https://ccs-agreements.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/data-and-application-solutions">DAS framework here</a>.</p> Idox Health | Crown Commercial Service Framework |
Blackpool Trust consolidates sexual health system for better patient care Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has praised the effectiveness of Idox Health’s flexible Electronic Patient Record (EPR) for genitourinary medicine (GUM) patients, after scaling the system to accommodate a merger. 28/11/2018 /media/1738/blackpool_socialmedia_v2.png Blackpool Trust consolidates sexual health system for better patient care <p>Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has praised the effectiveness of Idox Health’s flexible Electronic Patient Record (EPR) for genitourinary medicine (GUM) patients, after scaling the system to accommodate a merger.</p> <p>As one of the largest sexual and reproductive health services in the UK, the Trust’s expansion of Lilie has delivered a more consolidated, comprehensive system, granting timely access to patient records, while minimising the burden of data collection on frontline staff.</p> <p>System sharing has also been enabled without compromising patient confidentiality, with clinical reporting far more flexible than before – especially important given the statutory reporting responsibilities placed on sexual health service providers.</p> <p>Speaking about the benefits of Lilie, Annette Marchment, Admin and Systems Manager said: “With the increase in reporting requirements for commissioning purposes, Lilie has been the right choice for our services."</p> <p>“Not only can we gather the data required and submit our reports and KPIs electronically, it has also reduced time spent on compiling reports. We know who visited us, at which site and that helps us to deliver a safer service to our patients.”</p> <p>To find out more about the Trust’s 18-year partnership with Idox Health and how Lilie is working in practice,<span> </span><a data-udi="umb://document/6a3b923bf67241dcaee38837ea16c0b8" href="/resources/case-studies-testimonials/download-case-study-blackpool-teaching-hospitals-nhs-foundation-trust/" title="Download Case Study - Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust">download the full case study here</a>.</p> Press Releases |
Idox Health Recognised as Impinj Gold Partner for Healthcare Excellence Idox Health has secured Gold Partner status from Impinj after maintaining its position as one of the largest partners across the UK healthcare market. Impinj’s enhanced Channel Partner Program was announced in April 2018 to help partners build their market penetration and cultivate customer success. Idox Health’s expertise and consistent track record in providing high-quality service to customers was pivotal in achieving its Gold Partner status. 02/10/2018 /media/1648/impinj_partner_badge_gold_rgb_1.png Idox Health Recognised as Impinj Gold Partner for Healthcare Excellence <p>Idox Health has secured Gold Partner status from Impinj  after maintaining its position as one of the largest partners across the UK healthcare market.</p> <p>Impinj’s enhanced Channel Partner Program was announced in April 2018 to help partners build their market penetration and cultivate customer success. Idox Health’s expertise and consistent track record in providing high-quality service to customers was pivotal in achieving its Gold Partner status.</p> <p>Impinj’s RAIN RFID readers and antennas are a key component of Idox Health’s iFIT logistics management suite—a platform that provides full visibility on the movement of health records, medical assets, devices, and pharmacy supplies across a Trust or Health Board’s estate.</p> <p>Idox Health’s planning and deployment of the solution is supported by the strategic placement of Impinj RAIN RFID readers at key entrance, exit, and choke points across hospital sites. By providing the tools needed to track, monitor, and locate assets in a timely manner, hospital staff can save time, ensure easy retrieval of assets, see an impact on cost improvement programmes, and deliver more streamlined, safe, and efficient patient care.</p> <p>“Achieving Gold Partner status from Impinj underlines our position as a leader in providing first-class, innovative technology to the UK healthcare market. Being able to combine our clinical experience with Impinj’s cutting-edge RAIN RFID technology enables us to deliver effective solutions that improve patient experience and help health services maximise efficiency,” said Karen Gorman, Head of Sales, Idox Health.</p> <p>“We’re excited to support Idox Health as they build innovative IoT solutions in healthcare that bring agility and insight to organisations and consumer applications,” said Fabrice Gourlay, Vice President Sales EMEA, Impinj.</p> <p><a data-udi="umb://document/3f247f7afafa442eaf5cec74636471de" href="/solutions/ifit-hospital-management/irecords-records-logistics-management/" title="Records Logistics Management">Click here to read more about Idox Health’s iFIT solution.</a><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="http://health.idoxgroup.com/products/hospital-management/ifit" target="_blank"></a></p> Press Releases |
London Trust reports 12% clinic increase with Idox tracking technology Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) has commended Idox Health’s fast-tracking technology in a video that describes the transformation of its medical records department through digital. 20/09/2018 /media/1657/idox-so-visual-081-gun-record.jpg London Trust reports 12% clinic increase with Idox tracking technology <p>Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) has commended Idox Health’s fast-tracking technology in a video that describes the transformation of its medical records department through digital.</p> <p>During the four-minute interview, the Trust’s former IM &amp; T Director Andrew Raynes, talks through the team’s investment in healthcare logistics management platform iFIT, which has been instrumental in accelerating the speed at which health records can be tracked and located – leading to a 12% increase in the number of clinics available.</p> <p>With RFID sensors placed around the hospital, the solution has provided a more accurate, cost-effective way of managing over 1.2 million patient records, while helping to meet GS1 compliance and the Trust’s own cost improvement targets.</p> <p>Andrew comments: “In the Trust’s improvement plan, it described it needed to do something about its health records management. We had in the region of 40% of records out of our main library at any one time and up to 10% of our clinics not having their health records.</p> <p>“iFIT has meant we can ensure as much as 98% of our records get to the appointment on time – it’s been one of the major transformational projects in my career that’s delivered such tangible benefits.”</p> <p><a data-udi="umb://document/4844a624650e4f0d86bb307c6272fd23" href="/resources/videos/ifit-at-barking-havering-and-redbridge-nhs-trust/" title="iFIT at Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust">To hear more about how BHRUT is improving patient safety and processes with iFIT, watch the full video.</a></p> Press Releases |
Idox Health report shines spotlight on sustainability of UK sexual health service The need for efficient, accessible and streamlined sexual health care has long been acknowledged, but it is at risk of being unattainable following recently-published figures and staff, demand and funding challenges. How can sexual health services implement new ways of working to sustain demand while maintaining a high level of service? 05/09/2018 /media/1649/shutterstock_778331905_hospital_waiting_area.jpg Idox Health report shines spotlight on sustainability of UK sexual health service <p>The need for efficient, accessible and streamlined sexual health care has long been acknowledged, but it is at risk of being unattainable following recently-published figures and staff, demand and funding challenges.</p> <p>How can sexual health services implement new ways of working to sustain demand while maintaining a high level of service?</p> <p>Idox Health has released its latest paper examining the recent developments affecting sexual health services, and exploring how technology can be a vital aid to clinics facing funding cuts.</p> <p><a data-udi="umb://document/9153ed3d34214271862a643f6c45663c" href="/resources/whitepapers/download-whitepaper-sexual-health-services-responding-to-the-demand-staff-and-funding-challenges/" title="Download Whitepaper - Sexual health services - responding to the demand, staff and funding challenges">Read the paper</a></p> Press Releases |
East Yorkshire Trust successfully implements fast-tracking system from Idox Health Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is to transform the way it manages patient records with the roll out of Idox Health’s iFIT logistics management platform. 07/08/2018 /media/1650/hospital_desk_nurse.jpg East Yorkshire Trust successfully implements fast-tracking system from Idox Health <p>Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is to transform the way it manages patient records with the roll out of Idox Health’s iFIT logistics management platform.</p> <p>Records management module iRecords is now live across the Trust’s two main hospital sites, Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital, providing the Patient Administration team with a more effective way to track patient record movement and ensure timely retrieval ahead of appointments. As well as a boost to patient experience, the solution will contribute to the Trust’s Cost Improvement Programme through the introduction of streamlined processes and efficient, coordinated working.</p> <p>Health records are stored in three libraries located across the two sites, where space is limited, and staff undertake a labour intensive, four-step filing process. The implementation of the module has provided a catalyst for change, allowing the Trust to refine its operational processes and deliver efficiencies through improved productivity. By using RFID tracking technology, the Trust will also benefit from an enhanced auditable trail – essential for minimising missing notes and for effective Information Governance.</p> <p>With the RFID infrastructure and smart devices in place, the Trust has the opportunity to expand its use of the GS1 compliant system to track other hospital assets such as medical equipment, IT assets and pharmaceutical supplies.</p> <p>For more information about iRecords and Idox Health’s wider suite of healthcare logistics management solutions, please visit our<span> </span><a data-udi="umb://document/3f247f7afafa442eaf5cec74636471de" href="/solutions/ifit-hospital-management/irecords-records-logistics-management/" title="Records Logistics Management">dedicated pages</a>.</p> Press Releases |
Lilie: Facilitating joined-up, collaborative care for sexual health patients When faced with day-to-day decision-making, we tend to consider the pros and cons of each option, before pursuing a certain path. When it comes to medical decision-making, support, guidance and having the right data to inform your thought processes is essential. 06/08/2018 /media/1652/istock-638647256-superior-healthcare-hands-team-doctors.jpg Lilie: Facilitating joined-up, collaborative care for sexual health patients <p><em>by Joanne Shrimpton, Marketing Executive, Idox Health</em></p> <p>When faced with day-to-day decision-making, we tend to consider the pros and cons of each option, before pursuing a certain path. When it comes to medical decision-making, support, guidance and having the right data to inform your thought processes is essential.</p> <p>In the case of patient care pathways, working collaboratively as a team to identify the most appropriate plan has been found to deliver more effective, successful outcomes. In healthcare, these teams are referred to as multidisciplinary teams (MDTs).</p> <p>MDTs lead to better use of healthcare resources, provide better health outcomes and deliver higher patient satisfaction. Group reasoning is most effective when comprehensive patient information is available at all times and the needs of the patient remain at the core of every decision, treatment plan or action.</p> <p><strong>Utilising multidisciplinary teams to support sexual health</strong></p> <p>In sexual health, MDTs may include CaSH nurses, HIV nurses, GUM consultants and other specialists who, by working collaboratively, deliver comprehensive, coordinated care that addresses as many of the patient's needs as possible. When patient care spans more than one speciality –  such as in pregnancy, adolescents, vulnerable persons or victims of assault – MDTs are essential in ensuring the right outcomes can be delivered.</p> <p>Each team member contributes their knowledge about the patient to any treatment plans, minimising the risk of critical information being overlooked and allowing all aspects of care to be cross-checked. This aids in preventing medical errors and helps to saves lives.</p> <p>So – with multiple clinicians involved – how can technology be used to ease collaboration and facilitate effective decision-making?</p> <p><strong>How can Lilie support your multidisciplinary team?</strong></p> <p>Lilie is the market-leading clinical management software and an ideal tool for MDTs. With more than 18 years’ experience in sexual health, Lilie has evolved to meet the needs of your modern clinic and helps you provide the best possible care to patients.  </p> <p>Lilie’s MDT Dashboards remove the barriers to effective team working by:</p> <ul style="font-weight: 400;"> <li>Displaying specific patient proformas on the MDT dashboard during meetings.</li> <li>Allowing your MDT to access the same patient information independently or simultaneously.</li> <li>Enabling the MDT to easily discuss a patient’s case without being in the same physical location.</li> <li>Supporting healthcare professionals to create MDT networks.</li> <li>Helping you uphold security by displaying different patient data on the dashboard depending on user permissions.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Want to know more?</strong></p> <p>Lilie is an innovative software solution that encourages collaboration and helps clinicians and MDTs deliver consistent, coordinated care to their patients.<strong><span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a6k85xg3pk" target="_blank">Watch this video to hear what one of our customers thinks about Lilie.</a></strong></p> <p>For more information, visit<span> </span><strong><a data-udi="umb://document/e36e6abe19254d74a677a64988297165" href="/solutions/lilie-sexual-health-management-old/" title="Sexual Health Management">our dedicated Lilie pages</a></strong><span> </span>or email <a href="mailto:idoxhealth@idoxgroup.com">idoxhealth@idoxgroup.com</a> to speak to one of the team.</p> Blog |
Sexual health services - protecting the unprotected With screening services across the country faced with significant budget cuts, while certain sexually transmitted infections are on the rise, clinics are reaching crisis point as they attempt to do more with less. Idox Health's Head of Sales, Rhys Powell, discusses the progress made in sexual health care to date, the likely impact of reduced funding and why digital technology may be the antidote to the problem. 23/07/2018 /media/1654/lilie-opinion-mockup.jpg Sexual health services - protecting the unprotected <p><em><strong>How a digital approach to sexual health screening can help clinics sustain service levels amidst funding cuts.</strong></em></p> <p>With screening services across the country faced with significant budget cuts, while certain sexually transmitted infections are on the rise, clinics are reaching crisis point as they attempt to do more with less. </p> <p><em>Idox Health's Head of Sales, Rhys Powell, discusses the progress made in sexual health care to date, the likely impact of reduced funding and why digital technology may be the antidote to the problem.</em></p> <p><a rel="noopener" data-udi="umb://document/8ba057b074b74979a310caf4e06039ea" href="/resources/whitepapers/download-whitepaper-protecting-the-unprotected/" target="_blank" title="Download Whitepaper - Protecting the unprotected"><strong>Read the article</strong></a></p>
Cardiff implements new technology to drive excellence in HIV care Cardiff and Vale University Health Board – one of the largest NHS organisations in Europe – has invested in a specialised Electronic Patient Record (EPR) solution from Idox Health to deliver efficient, timely care to patients living with HIV. 18/07/2018 /media/1655/istock-870697368_hiv.jpg Cardiff implements new technology to drive excellence in HIV care <p>Cardiff and Vale University Health Board – one of the largest NHS organisations in Europe – has invested in a specialised Electronic Patient Record (EPR) solution from Idox Health to deliver efficient, timely care to patients living with HIV.</p> <p>The rollout of Climate-HIV – expected to begin in September 2018 – will support the HIV centre at Cardiff Royal Infirmary (CRI), which carries one of the most extensive HIV caseloads in Wales. The solution will deliver faster access to patient data, providing a central hub for multi-disciplinary teams to record patient information in one place, boosting patient safety and ensuring streamlined care at all times.</p> <p>By holding all medical and financial information associated with a patient’s treatment plan in a secure platform, the solution facilitates more proactive HIV care with clinicians able to identify trends before the patient starts to feel unwell, as well as prescribe, document encounters and write clinical letters from the same central system.</p> <p>Climate-HIV also provides a crucial link between clinicians and pharmaceutical teams, aiding the management of prescription generation, pharmacist screening and processing and patient collection.</p> <p>Dr Darren Cousins, Consultant Sexual Health and HIV at the Cardiff Royal Infirmary said: “We are looking forward to going live with Climate-HIV and ensuring all Cardiff HIV clinics can access the shared care record rather than relying on the paper notes we currently use.”</p> <p>For more information about Climate-HIV, please visit Idox Health’s dedicated solution pages<span> </span><a data-udi="umb://document/7e47d60941334d45bae4fb2d24d97bbd" href="#" title="HIV Management">here</a>.</p> Press Releases |
Welsh Health Board reinvents records management with Idox Health Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board is the second site in Wales to sign up to Idox Health’s iFIT logistics management platform, with partial “Invest to Save” funding from NHS Wales, supporting the planned efficiency savings. 28/06/2018 /media/1656/idox-so-visual-125-gun-library.jpg Welsh Health Board reinvents records management with Idox Health <p>Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board is the second site in Wales to sign up to Idox Health’s iFIT logistics management platform, with partial “Invest to Save” funding from NHS Wales, supporting the planned efficiency savings. </p> <p>Idox Health’s Records management module iRecords is expected to go live across the Health Board’s four acute hospital sites by December 2018. Once rolled out, the system will spearhead a more efficient approach to the filing, pulling and tracing of patient records, while delivering intuitive tracking technology that ensures the timely retrieval of records ahead of appointments to support a positive patient experience.  </p> <p>Currently, the Health Board is responsible for 2.1 million acute health records – of which 600,000 are active – and challenged by a significant quantity of duplicate records from a previous legacy merge. The move to iRecords will be pivotal in freeing up much needed library storage, achieving sound Information Governance and supporting cost improvement targets via streamlined workflows.</p> <p><em>“iRecords will allow us to streamline our processes across all of our sites, driving efficiency savings and support the Health Board’s transition to digitisation,” said Sian Richards, Head of Digital Records and Information Assurance for the Board.</em></p> <p>For more information about iRecords and Idox Health’s wider suite of healthcare logistics management solutions, please visit our<span> </span><a data-udi="umb://document/3f247f7afafa442eaf5cec74636471de" href="/solutions/ifit-hospital-management/irecords-records-logistics-management/" title="Records Logistics Management">dedicated pages</a>.</p> <p> </p> Press Releases |
London Trust shares success of Idox asset tracking technology Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has shared its success following the rollout of Idox Health’s medical tracking software, describing it as ‘instrumental’ in revolutionising equipment management across the hospital site. 19/06/2018 /media/1660/homertonuniversityhospital-1.jpg London Trust shares success of Idox asset tracking technology <p>Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has shared its success following the rollout of Idox Health’s medical tracking software, describing it as ‘instrumental’ in revolutionising equipment management across the hospital site.</p> <p>The implementation of iAssets – part of the iFIT logistics management suite – has delivered the tools needed to enable medical assets to be tracked, located and utilised far more efficiently than before.</p> <p>With the support of iAssets, ward audits have been simplified, giving staff greater visibility and allowing equipment to be retrieved in a timely manner. The Trust has also been able to reduce procurement costs significantly, increase planned preventative rates by 15% and discontinue an £80,000 annual maintenance agreement after the solution identified the equipment covered was no longer in service.</p> <p>Brian Long, Head of Medical Electronics at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “iAssets has been instrumental in turning around our medical equipment management. We can now locate our equipment easily and quickly. In the past, if an item was moved out of the library or between departments in the middle of the night, we wouldn’t know where to find it in the morning.</p> <p>“After implementation and when items were no longer going missing, we discovered that we were overstocked. We have been able to reduce our inventory procurement level by 25%.”</p> <p>To find out more about the Trust’s rollout of iAssets and the benefits experienced, download the full <a data-udi="umb://document/14c5f376ffee4a2abce9bbdcf8fb783d" href="/resources/case-studies-testimonials/download-case-study-homerton-university-hospital/" title="Download Case Study - Homerton University Hospital">case study<span> </span>here</a>. You can also find out more about iAssets by visiting our<span> </span><a data-udi="umb://document/155a77e5882d4d7e839194efbefc748a" href="/solutions/ifit-hospital-management/iassets-assets-logistics-management/" title="iAssets - Assets Logistics Management">dedicated solution pages</a>.</p> Press Releases |
Idox Health in running for national innovation award Idox Health is delighted to announce it has been shortlisted for The Lord Carter Award for Innovation – an accolade that recognises the new technologies and work practices that are helping NHS Trusts deliver significant financial, efficiency and operational savings. 04/06/2018 /media/1661/iassets01-hospital-bed-nurse.jpg Idox Health in running for national innovation award <p>Idox Health is delighted to announce it has been shortlisted for The Lord Carter Award for Innovation – an accolade that recognises the new technologies and work practices that are helping NHS Trusts deliver significant financial, efficiency and operational savings.</p> <p>The company’s iFIT solution – a GS1-compliant healthcare logistics management platform that facilitates the efficient tracking and retrieval of records and assets – was at the heart of the submission, and is already playing a pivotal role nationwide helping Trusts improve patient experience and meet Cost Improvement Targets.</p> <p>Karen Cuschieri, Business Development Director from Idox Health said: “The iFIT solution is a great example of how technology can provide an effective solution to a very pressing need. Being able to track and pull assets and records in a timely manner is essential for sustaining high-quality care and operating more efficiently – iFIT provides clinicians with the tools to facilitate both. Being shortlisted for such a prestigious award is testimony to the platform’s value to the health sector and its ability to revolutionise hospital processes for the benefit of both patients and clinicians alike.”</p> <p>The winner will be announced at Hospital Innovations – a conference attended by NHS leaders and decision makers – on 6 June at UCL London.</p> <p>For more information about iFIT, please visit the<span> </span><a data-udi="umb://document/6b5b1a59054d440d98545da1c943c63c" href="/solutions/ifit-hospital-management/" title="iFIT - Hospital Management">dedicated solution pages</a><span> </span>or email<span> </span><a href="mailto:marketing@idoxgroup.com">idoxhealth@idoxgroup.com</a>.</p> Press Releases |
NHS Tayside adopts digital to transform records management NHS Tayside has turned to Idox Health to roll out a more effective record filing system and deliver a higher standard of patient care across Angus, Dundee, Perth and Kinross. As the Scottish Health Board, the team operates three main hospitals with its Health Records department managing more than 515,000 records across numerous library facilities. 24/04/2018 /media/1662/nhs-tayside.jpg NHS Tayside adopts digital to transform records management <p>NHS Tayside has turned to Idox Health to roll out a more effective record filing system and deliver a higher standard of patient care across Angus, Dundee, Perth and Kinross.</p> <p>As the Scottish Health Board, the team operates three main hospitals with its Health Records department managing more than 515,000 records across numerous library facilities.</p> <p>With Idox Health’s GS1-compliant iRecords solution – part of the iFIT healthcare logistics management platform – the team has been able to automate the tracking, storage and retrieval of records, significantly reducing service overheads and increasing library storage by 20%. To date, more than 270,000 records have been tagged, with minimal labelled as ‘Missing’.</p> <p>The introduction of location-based filing and RFID sensors to track case note movement has also reduced the time spent filing records by half, boosting productivity and driving efficiency.</p> <p>Ruth Anderson, Head of Health Records at NHS Tayside explains: “It was labour-intensive to continually move records to create space on the shelves. The re-filing of returned records required a dedicated area for pre-sorting and multiple handling – this process required valuable space and intensive labour hours to accomplish.</p> <p>“iFIT has certainly been a success story and is of benefit to not only Health Records, but also to the rest of the organisation.”</p> <p> </p> <ul> <li>For more information about NHS Tayside’s iRecords rollout, read the full case study<span> </span><a data-udi="umb://document/1e96fa7c259342d790dd6af39167790c" href="/resources/case-studies-testimonials/download-case-study-nhs-tayside/" title="Download Case Study - NHS Tayside">here</a>.</li> <li><a data-udi="umb://document/3f247f7afafa442eaf5cec74636471de" href="/solutions/ifit-hospital-management/irecords-records-logistics-management/" title="iRecords - Records Logistics Management">Click here</a> to read more about Idox Health’s iRecords solution.</li> </ul> <p> </p> Press Releases |
Western Trust makes first move to digitise case note journey The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) is one of the first Trusts in Northern Ireland to lead the way in medical records management after signing up to Idox Health’s iFIT logistics management platform. 05/04/2018 /media/1663/idox-so-visual-127-gun-library-records-tracking.jpg Western Trust makes first move to digitise case note journey <p>The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) is one of the first Trusts in Northern Ireland to lead the way in medical records management after signing up to Idox Health’s iFIT logistics management platform.</p> <p>Providing health and social care services to a population of more than 300,000 – approximately 16% of Northern Ireland’s total population – the Western Trust has recently rolled out records management module iRecords at Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry to improve the filing, tracking and retrieval of medical records. The deployment will support the Trust in delivering greater visibility of health record content and usage via the system.</p> <p>Currently, the Trust’s main health records library is at full capacity, with the team overseeing the circulation of over 85,000 health records at any one time. The solution will manage this challenge by introducing location-based filing which is estimated to free 15% of space and tag-agnostic tracking technologies that accelerate the tracing of records to ensure medical notes are in the right place, at the right time.  iRecords will also be pivotal in helping the Trust achieve its 100% availability of health records target, without the need for labour-intensive processes.</p> <p><em>Teresa Molloy, Western Trust Director of Performance Management and Service Improvement said: “The Introduction of iFIT for Case Note Tracking has enabled a smoother workflow of patient case notes across the hospital site and has reduced the resource required for filing of case notes into the Health Records library due to improved process flow. The iFIT solution will deliver more benefits to the organisation as a whole and improve accessibility of patient case notes at the point of care to benefit patient quality and safety.” </em></p> <p>Overall, the deployment is expected to achieve potential savings of more than £40,000 in the first year, and more than £120,000 in net savings in the first three years of operation through improved productivity and more efficient workflows. It will also support the Trust in meeting Scan4Safety and GS1 compliance and ensuring high-quality care for all patients.</p> <p>For more information about iRecords and Idox Health’s wider suite of healthcare logistics management solutions, please visit our<span> </span><a data-udi="umb://document/3f247f7afafa442eaf5cec74636471de" href="/solutions/ifit-hospital-management/irecords-records-logistics-management/" title="Records Logistics Management">dedicated pages</a>.</p> Press Releases |
East London Trust shares success of medical tracking technology from Idox Health Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) has reported significant benefits following the rollout of Idox Health’s iFIT solution, with IMT Programme Director Andrew Raynes confirming a 700% increase in productivity in the filing of records. 28/02/2018 /media/1667/jw1a2746-hospital-nurse-pc.jpg East London Trust shares success of medical tracking technology from Idox Health <p>Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) has reported significant benefits following the rollout of Idox Health’s iFIT solution, with IMT Programme Director Andrew Raynes confirming a 700% increase in productivity in the filing of records.</p> <p>Being able to track, locate and retrieve medical records quickly and efficiently is essential for all NHS Trusts but in the case of BHRUT, implementing a more effective health records management system was integral to its improvement plan following a special measures recommendation resulting from a CQC inspection in 2013.</p> <p>As a proven logistics management platform, iFIT has delivered significant benefits to the Trust, its staff and, most importantly, its patients since implementation in 2015. With the help of handheld devices, the solution allows the Trust to detect and record the precise location of tagged items moving around its multiple hospital sites and main records library. Resulting outcomes have included an efficient record management process which has provided an improvement to patient safety and experience, as well as a strong return on investment.</p> <p>As Andrew Raynes notes: “For just under a £1 million investment, we’ve seen a return of £2.4 million over three years with 84% of that business case achieved within five or six months of deployment – it’s really effective and the return has been rapid”.</p> <p>To find out more about BHRUT’s turnaround story, its use of iFIT and the results achieved<span> </span><a data-udi="umb://document/cd474c4fd52a4d818680c41fc89bfe8e" href="/resources/case-studies-testimonials/download-case-study-barking-havering-and-redbridge-university-hospitals/" title="Download Case Study - Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals">download the full case study</a>.</p> Press Releases |
Delivering better patient access and sexual health support in the digital age The internet is playing an increasingly vital role in our lives, allowing us to shop, surf, pay, communicate and action much more online. As a result, patient expectations are changing. Your patients expect to control all aspects of their lives from their mobile devices, wherever they are, at any time. 14/02/2018 /media/1664/istock-598912704_woman_texting_on_tablet.jpg Delivering better patient access and sexual health support in the digital age <p><em>by Joanne Shrimpton, Marketing Executive, Idox Health</em></p> <p><strong>Access to your service, whenever and wherever its needed</strong></p> <p>The internet is playing an increasingly vital role in our lives, allowing us to shop, surf, pay, communicate and action much more online. As a result, patient expectations are changing. Your patients expect to control all aspects of their lives from their mobile devices, wherever they are, at any time.</p> <p>Lilie Virtual Clinic is a secure, online triage and booking solution for sexual health clinics, designed to help clinicians offer an enhanced and accessible sexual health service, fit for the 21<sup>st</sup><span> </span>century. It allows the patient to be triaged into the most appropriate appointment slot and automatically inserts that data into the patient record. This gives the clinician improved access to information, prior to the patient arriving in clinic. </p> <p><strong>Giving you more than just happier customers</strong></p> <p>A Lilie customer based in the north of England has reported that<span> </span><strong>11%</strong><span> </span>of available bookable appointments are now made online, with the majority being out of hours. The use of Lilie Virtual Clinic has also already benefitted this customer by saving<span> </span><strong>213 hours<span> </span></strong>of admin time and a<span> </span><strong>10% reduction</strong><span> </span>in call volumes to the clinic.</p> <p><strong>Offer online appointments, with or without an existing website</strong></p> <p>If your clinic already has a website, the Lilie Virtual Clinic Link can be fully integrated to deliver brand consistency and a seamless online patient experience. For those without a digital presence, the Lilie Virtual Clinic Website provides an online booking facility, even when no website currently exists.</p> <p><strong>Determine the best course of action in advance</strong></p> <p>Improve patient experiences by asking questions before they arrive in clinic. Answering online encourages more honest responses which can help to determine the path that needs to be taken to fully respond to their query. Patients could just need contraception information, or their replies could flag up a more serious exposure or symptom requiring an in-clinic appointment to seek urgent medical attention. This enables the identification of time-sensitive exposures at the earliest opportunity and prioritises staff time and resource effectively. Each question is designed to cover all aspects of sexual health and different answers may trigger a different, relevant course of action for the patient.</p> <p><strong>Improve patient experience and satisfaction</strong></p> <p>With a safe and secure online environment at the start of the process, following through to the subsequent benefits of receiving the right treatment at the right time, patients are provided with an improved and seamless clinic experience. They are no longer limited to clinic opening hours and aren’t expected to wait until their call can be answered – they can access and book 24/7.</p> <p>Lilie is leading the way in sexual health management by creating tools that meet patient demand for modern access to information and offering intelligent triaging to help your consultation efficiencies.</p> <p>For more information, visit<span> </span><a data-udi="umb://document/e36e6abe19254d74a677a64988297165" href="/solutions/lilie-sexual-health-management-old/" title="Sexual Health Management"><strong>our dedicated Lilie pages</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p> Blog |
Idox Health awarded funding contract to advance stroke services Idox Health has been awarded a development contract by the Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare (SBRI Healthcare), making it one of just five companies chosen to receive NHS follow-on funding for the creation of digital technologies that improve patient care. 30/11/2017 /media/1665/strokepad-67_nurse_ward_tablet.jpg Idox Health awarded funding contract to advance stroke services <p>Idox Health has been awarded a development contract by the Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare (SBRI Healthcare), making it one of just five companies chosen to receive NHS follow-on funding for the creation of digital technologies that improve patient care.</p> <p>The SBRI Healthcare competition – entitled ‘<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://sbrihealthcare.co.uk/competition/improving-patient-flow-to-maximise-operational-efficiency-in-the-acute-sector/" target="_blank" title="Permalink to Improving patient flow to maximise operational efficiency in the Acute Sector">Improving patient flow to maximise operational efficiency in the Acute Sector</a>’ – is an NHS England initiative, which aims to promote UK economic growth while addressing health needs that have not yet been met. The funding will allow Idox Health to deliver StrokeNet – a secure, N3 network-contained and browser-accessed digital platform that facilitates the real-time exchange of clinical information critical to managing the resources involved in treating stroke patients.</p> <p>The system will initially be implemented at University College London Hospitals (UCLH), where it will be used alongside the Trust’s existing StrokePad solution – a tablet-based Electronic Patient Record – also from Idox Health. The rollout will enhance the functionality already available, enabling staff to improve the Stroke Unit’s inpatient journey, as well as streamlining patient handover processes upon discharge.</p> <p>Following development and rollout at UCLH, it is expected that StrokeNet will be available for deployment as a standalone product to support the provision of efficient, effective and high-quality stroke services to patients around the country.</p> <p>For more information contact <a href="mailto:idoxhealth@idoxgroup.com">idoxhealth@idoxgroup.com.</a></p> Press Releases |
Enhanced Idox technology delivers improved access to sexual health services Idox Health’s sexual health management system – Lilie – has been strengthened by two new modules that offer patients a more private and secure way to book an appointment online, with 24/7 access to information. 21/11/2017 /media/1666/istock-598912704_woman_texting_on_tablet.jpg Enhanced Idox technology delivers improved access to sexual health services <p>Idox Health’s sexual health management system – Lilie – has been strengthened by two new modules that offer patients a more private and secure way to book an appointment online, with 24/7 access to information.</p> <p>Lilie Virtual Clinic Link and Lilie Virtual Clinic Website help healthcare providers maximise the number of patients attending their clinics, and reduce instances of missed appointments by facilitating out-of-hours bookings and automated text or email reminders.</p> <p>A key advantage of the new modules is that they also provide an intelligent triaging process that allocates the most appropriate appointment based on the patient’s selections, simultaneously updating their electronic records. By streamlining the booking process and automatically updating records at the back end, clinics are able to ensure that patients are assigned the most suitable healthcare professional from their first visit, and that medical information is readily available before the consultation begins.</p> <p>Rhys Powell, Head of Clinical Sales at Idox Health said: “With our new Virtual Clinic modules clinics can now meet patient demands of modern access to information. In addition, not only are we offering clinics the option to display appointments to their patients in real time, but clinic staff also have full control over appointment availability and can directly book these slots as required.”</p> <p>For healthcare providers who already have an online website, the Lilie Virtual Clinic Link booking solution can be customised and fully integrated to deliver brand consistency and a seamless patient experience. For those without a digital presence, the Lilie Virtual Clinic Website provides an online booking facility, even when no website currently exists.</p> <p>If you would like to schedule a demo of the latest modules, email the team at<span> </span><a href="mailto:idoxhealth@idoxgroup.com">idoxhealth@idoxgroup.com</a><span> </span>or click<span> </span><a data-udi="umb://document/e36e6abe19254d74a677a64988297165" href="/solutions/lilie-sexual-health-management-old/" title="Sexual Health Management">here</a><span> </span>to learn more about the full Lilie sexual health management suite. </p> Press Releases |
Belfast invests in digital to streamline tracking of health records The UK’s largest integrated Health and Social Care Trust is to implement a new healthcare logistics management solution, enabling faster tracking of patient records that emanate from various hospital sites across Belfast. 24/10/2017 /media/1668/idox-so-visual-035-hospital-libbrary-medical-records.jpg Belfast invests in digital to streamline tracking of health records <p>The UK’s largest integrated Health and Social Care Trust is to implement a new healthcare logistics management solution, enabling faster tracking of patient records that emanate from various hospital sites across Belfast.</p> <p>Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT) will rollout Idox Health’s iFIT™ solution to support the effective management of medical records stored in its main libraries, helping the Trust optimise service processes and ensure a high-standard of care to its patients.</p> <p>The Health Records department provides a vital service that is pivotal to the Trust’s overall operations, including the filing and preparation of notes for clinics and admissions for adults and children. The transition to iFIT™ will replace current tracking systems, making it significantly easier for hospital staff to manage the growing number of records and ensure documentation is instantly retrievable at all times, while simultaneously safeguarding patient safety.</p> <p>The rollout of iFIT™ will also help the Trust to use the new health records library at its Royal Victoria site to maximum capacity, which will house up to 250,000 records – of which, 180,000 are active. This is possible due the solution’s Location Based Filing functionality, which has the capability of releasing a further 20% of library space by eliminating the need for sequencing, and allowing previously reserved filing space to be made immediately available. </p> <p>A spokesperson for Belfast Health and Social Care Trust said: “With the multiple challenges our Trust now faces, maintaining service during a period of increased demand whilst at the same time saving money is a delicate balance.  The introduction of iFIT helps meet both these challenges and it frees up capacity for other uses and acts as a platform for further projects.”</p> <p>The system – deployed at the Trust’s Royal Victoria Hospital – involves the attachment of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tags to patient health records, with each one carrying a unique case note number. RFID readers installed at key entry and exit points around the hospital will electronically scan tagged notes as they pass the sensor locations. This automated tracking network is further supported by mobile devices, enabling hospital staff to rapidly detect specific items from a range of over 13 feet.</p> <p>All shelves in the Trust’s medical records libraries will be assigned Global Location Number (GLN) codes providing GS1 standard compliance, meaning any file can be tracked to any shelf, improving filing efficiency by 80% and driving significant tracking and auditing productivity savings.</p> <p>Fully integrated with the Trust’s Patient Administration System, Clinicom, BHSCT will achieve an improvement in information accuracy through iFIT's suite of reports, specifically designed to manage operational processes, temporary note creation and data quality information.</p> <p>Karen Gorman, Head of Sales at Idox Health said: “iFIT will have a huge impact on the way Health Records operate at this Trust, while also providing the basis for GS1 compliance.  Having signed a second Trust in Northern Ireland, Idox Health are now becoming a major supplier to the region.”</p> <p>The infrastructure implemented by Idox Health provides future opportunities for BHSCT to track other critical hospital assets, such as medical devices, drugs, clinical implants and even people. The solution also has the ability to integrate seamlessly with other ICT developments, paving the way towards an Electronic Health Records strategy and providing the Trust with the flexibility it needs to accommodate longer-term strategic objectives.</p> <p>For further information on Idox Health’s iFIT solution, please visit the product’s<span> </span><a data-udi="umb://document/3f247f7afafa442eaf5cec74636471de" href="/solutions/ifit-hospital-management/irecords-records-logistics-management/" title="Records Logistics Management">dedicated pages</a>.</p> Press Releases |
Idox Health launches asset logistics management solution NHS Trusts will benefit from an enhanced digital service that provides a holistic view of all hospital assets – from syringe pumps to beds – to help clinicians reduce clinical risk, improve patient care and boost productivity. Launched last week, the latest version of Idox Health’s asset logistics management solution – iAssets – provides a 360-degree view of a hospital’s equipment, delivering timely information that enables staff to quickly review asset location, availability, usage frequency, patient allocation and safety. 16/10/2017 /media/1698/ifit-iassets-bluebird_1.png Idox Health launches asset logistics management solution <p>NHS Trusts will benefit from an enhanced digital service that provides a holistic view of all hospital assets – from syringe pumps to beds – to help clinicians reduce clinical risk, improve patient care and boost productivity.</p> <p>Launched last week, the latest version of Idox Health’s asset logistics management solution – iAssets – provides a 360-degree view of a hospital’s equipment, delivering timely information that enables staff to quickly review asset location, availability, usage frequency, patient allocation and safety.</p> <p>Not only will this help to reduce clinical time spent looking for equipment (estimated by<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nursingtimes.net/nurses-waste-an-hour-a-shift-finding-equipment/1987381.fullarticle" target="_blank">The Nursing Times</a><span> </span>to typically take up to 30 minutes of every shift), but also it provides Trusts with the insight needed to help maximise asset availability, reduce procurement spend and ensure compliance through a more coordinated approach to asset management.</p> <p>By scanning barcodes with handheld devices, the solution’s mobile barcode trackers allow staff to link medical devices to a location and to a patient wristband. The Scan4Safety supporting feature on the handheld device confirms whether a device is safe to use within its planned preventative maintenance and sterilisation cycle, ensuring clinical safety. iAssets also has the functionality to allow staff to gather the utilisation rates of assets Trust-wide, which is essential for re-procurement and capital expenditure planning and to drive savings.</p> <p>Fully compliant to all seven GS1 keys, iAssets complies with the most recent mandate from the UK Department of Health and is part of the iFIT logistics management suite.</p> <p>If you would like to schedule a demo of iAssets, email the team at<span> </span><a href="mailto:idoxhealth@idoxgroup.com">idoxhealth@idoxgroup.com</a><span> </span>or click<span> </span><a data-udi="umb://document/155a77e5882d4d7e839194efbefc748a" href="/solutions/ifit-hospital-management/iassets-assets-logistics-management/" title="Assets Logistics Management">here</a><span> </span>to learn more about the full iFIT suite of solutions. </p> Press Releases |
iFIT shortlisted for international World Summit Award We are delighted to announce that our healthcare logistics management solution – iFIT – has been shortlisted for a World Summit Award (WSA) – a global initiative that champions digital innovation worldwide and recognises the technology delivering a positive impact on society. 09/10/2017 /media/1669/world-summit-awards_logo.png iFIT shortlisted for international World Summit Award <p>We are delighted to announce that our healthcare logistics management solution – iFIT – has been shortlisted for a World Summit Award (WSA) – a global initiative that champions digital innovation worldwide and recognises the technology delivering a positive impact on society.</p> <p>Nominated for Best National Digital Solution in the Health and Wellbeing category, it will now be evaluated by the judging panel against criteria spanning content, functionality, technology, innovation, impact and Global/UN value.</p> <p>With WSA National Experts from more than 170 UN Member States involved in selecting the shortlist for each country, Idox Health’s nomination is already a significant accomplishment and underlines iFIT’s value to professionals across the sector.</p> <p>The solution has a proven track record in helping health establishments to overcome clinical logistics challenges, meet Cost Improvement Programme targets, address Care Quality Commission issues and significantly reduce the cost of medical records, devices and drugs management. It will join hundreds of other international nominations from over 100 countries as part of this year’s WSA programme.</p> <p>Winners will be announced in November, with the official awards presentation taking place in March 2018 at the WSA Global Congress in Vienna.</p> <p>For more information on the World Summit Awards 2017, click<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.worldsummitawards.org/" target="_blank">here</a></p> <p>For more information on iFIT, click<a data-udi="umb://document/193c3288637c419f988900e800f38776" href="/solutions/" title="Solutions"><span> </span>here</a></p> Press Releases |
Derby Trust to improve patient safety and save up to £1.8m with innovative digital technology A healthcare logistics management platform is to be implemented across Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, allowing hospital staff to better manage the storage, tracking and identification of medical records and ensure a positive patient experience as a result. 20/06/2017 /media/1670/idox-so-visual-034-gun-library-records-tracking.jpg Derby Trust to improve patient safety and save up to £1.8m with innovative digital technology <p>A healthcare logistics management platform is to be implemented across Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, allowing hospital staff to better manage the storage, tracking and identification of medical records and ensure a positive patient experience as a result.</p> <p>Treating over one million patients every year at the Royal Derby Hospital, the rollout of Idox Health’s iFIT™ solution will enable the Trust to automate the manual processes involved in medical records management, boosting both productivity and patient safety. By streamlining the way records are located, stored and managed, savings of up to £1.8m over three years are expected to be generated – a significant contribution towards the Trust’s overall cost improvement targets. </p> <p>The implementation of iFIT™ – a GS1-compliant service – will see the Trust transition from sequential number filing to location-based filing, a move expected to free 20% of shelf space at Royal Derby Hospital’s main library. This improved utilisation of estate space will allow the Trust to close an excess records library located at its London Road Community Hospital site, and release it for clinical use instead.</p> <p>Darren Riley, Deputy Director of Finance at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said “With the multiple challenges Trusts now face, maintaining service during a period of increased demand whilst at the same time saving money is a delicate balance.  The introduction of iFIT ticks both of these boxes.  It enables savings out of the box, frees up capacity for other uses and acts a platform for further downstream projects.”</p> <p>The Trust will also benefit from the provision of crucial support for its e-Casenote digitisation programme, including tracking ability for forward scanning folders, as well as alerts when these folders fail to return back from clinical areas. This functionality will significantly improve information governance compliance, patient outcomes and most of all, patient safety.</p> <p>As the first in the country to use GS1 barcodes, the Trust is additionally one of only six NHS GS1 demonstrator sites using GS1 standards to make a real difference to patient safety and drive cost improvements. The rollout of iFIT™ will extend its barcode compliance to medical records, record trollies and cages whilst also introducing several thousand new Global Location Numbers (GLNs). It will also make the Trust the fourth Lorenzo site to use the solution for medical records tracking and management.</p> <p>Glen Hodgson, Head of Healthcare, GS1 UK said “Idox Health are a valued Solution Associate and we're delighted to see the roll out of their GS1 compliant iFIT platform at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We look forward to our continued work with them as part of our programme to support the NHS in increasing patient safety, clinical effectiveness and operational efficiencies.”</p> <p>Steve Wightman, Idox Health Director added: “Such were the magnitude of the savings available to the Trust, this contract progressed from a Feasibility Study to contract in less than six weeks and will be live by August 2017, following which the Trust is already looking to the next services where the iFIT platform can deliver savings.”</p> <p>For further information on Idox Health’s iFIT™ platform, please visit our dedicated<span> </span><a data-udi="umb://document/193c3288637c419f988900e800f38776" href="/solutions/" title="Solutions">online pages</a>.</p> Press Releases |
Cloud computing for HIV services. How can it help you increase “communication” with peers in your HIV network? What is the cloud? You are probably using cloud computing already. When you watch a TV show or film “on demand”, you are using “the cloud”. The film is stored in “the cloud” and you watch it over the internet; it isn’t downloaded to your TV or set up box. Cloud computing is similar. Simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services — servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and much more, over the Internet (“the cloud”) or, in the case of Idox Health, over the secure NHS N3 network. 13/06/2017 /media/1671/hiv-multi-disciplinary-team-graphic.png Cloud computing for HIV services. How can it help you increase “communication” with peers in your HIV network? <p><em>by Joanne Shrimpton, Marketing Executive, Idox Health</em></p> <p><strong>What is the cloud? </strong></p> <p>You are probably using cloud computing already. When you watch a TV show or film “on demand”, you are using “the cloud”. The film is stored in “the cloud” and you watch it over the internet; it isn’t downloaded to your TV or set up box. Cloud computing is similar. Simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services — servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and much more, over the Internet (“the cloud”) or, in the case of Idox Health, over the secure NHS N3 network. Your organisation no longer needs to invest in and maintain servers, storage, databases, networking and software. Similar to how you might pay for your TV package at home, you pay a monthly fee based on usage or, how many patients you have annually.</p> <p><strong>How does cloud computing help our HIV service share data?</strong></p> <p>For a moment, let’s forget about the significant cost savings and the stable IT footing that cloud computing offers and concentrate on how Climate-HIV in the cloud, can help your service and your patients.</p> <p>Increased coordination and collaboration among HIV services is necessary to increase patient care and meet the goals of Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) and clinical commissioners. Climate-HIV in the cloud enables all services using the software – whether they are the HIV service, trust or Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – the ability to work together, network and share access to high-quality data. Whatever the size of your HIV service, it doesn’t need to operate in isolation; it can be part of a network. Each HIV service has its own data and highly-specialised clinical management software, with all the benefits to the patient and trust you’d expect, whilst ensuring effective ongoing management of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment that enables patients to achieve and maintain undetectable levels of the virus. </p> <p>The centrally-hosted solution gives HIV services the ability to see and share high-quality patient information should they wish to do so. With Climate-HIV, you can just “turn on the permission switch”, and your patient’s data can be seen by the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT), seen by a colleague if a patient is sick and you need to get a second opinion, or transferred if the patient has moved to another clinic. Since the data is secure and delivered over the NHS N3 network, it’s very easy for participating HIV services to request the sharing of data.</p> <p>Additionally, from a regional perspective, this solution allows the CCGs to have a high-level view of service delivery across the region, giving them the ability to:</p> <p>·         review and compare performance;</p> <p>·         monitor commitment to regional directives;</p> <p>·         monitor outcomes;</p> <p>·         regional and national reporting e.g. HIV and AIDS Reporting System (HARS) and Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN);</p> <p>·         report against local or regional activities;</p> <p>·         enable inter-action between Trust and community-based services; and</p> <p>·         measure the local and regional HIV service deliverables to their designated communities.</p> <p><strong>Is the patient’s data secure?</strong></p> <p>Yes, Climate-HIV is hosted in two military-grade data centres situated in two geographic locations. The data is mirrored across the sites, so if one site experiences service disruption, the second will automatically take over ensuring that you are up and running again with minimum disruption. Both data centres are connected to the N3 network and serve the application through a Remote Desktop Session (RDS) using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to ensure that all data in transit is encrypted. Idox Health is ISO 27001 compliant to give you complete peace of mind.</p> <p><strong>How can Climate-HIV in the cloud reduce costs and increase clinic revenue?</strong></p> <p>At a pharmaceutical level, HIV care often accounts for as much as 40% of the drugs budget for the whole trust, depending on the size of the cohort. This means that despite the small numbers within the HIV cohort, the cost of care per patient is significantly more expensive than costs of care elsewhere in the Trust. Climate-HIV can provide all the medication and financial information for an individual’s treatment plan, for example, any duplication of prescriptions which could increase costs, prediction of run-out times and assistance for pharmacists and business managers to monitor, control and forecast the usage and costs of drugs from a daily basis to annual requirements.</p> <p><strong>Is it really that simple?</strong></p> <p>Climate-HIV is fully hosted so you don’t have to worry about IT. The software can be deployed easily since no client PC installations are required, hence reducing the initial investment in IT infrastructure.</p> <p>The hosted solution ensures software updates and backups are carried out “behind the scenes”, so there are no costs associated with client installations and the involvement of your IT department resources is reduced. This also means that when the number of users increase, no further investment in hardware, bandwidth or resources is required. Keeping your IT on a strong, up-to-date and future-proof footing is essential for the NHS, and particularly important since the recent ransomware attack.</p> <p><strong>The future of HIV services is here.</strong></p> <p>Climate-HIV is suitable for small and large clinics; since it is cloud based, you pay a subscription, therefore you pay according to your usage. At Idox Health, we believe we grow together – supporting you today, whilst planning and accounting for your future needs.</p> <p>For more info visit our<span> </span><a data-udi="umb://document/7e47d60941334d45bae4fb2d24d97bbd" href="#" title="HIV Management">solutions page</a>.</p> Blog |
Idox Health recognised in prestigious UK health awards Idox Health has received a national accolade at a prestigious awards ceremony, held annually to celebrate outstanding business achievements across the Life Sciences and Healthcare Technology sectors. 02/05/2017 /media/1672/strokepad-47_doctor_corridor_tablet.jpg Idox Health recognised in prestigious UK health awards <p>Idox Health has received a national accolade at a prestigious awards ceremony, held annually to celebrate outstanding business achievements across the Life Sciences and Healthcare Technology sectors.</p> <p>The Medilink UK Healthcare Business awards – announced on Wednesday (26 April) at the Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2017 in Coventry – declared the company as runners-up in the 'Partnership with the NHS' category, which recognises leading healthcare businesses who forge exemplary collaboration with the NHS, enhancing business performance and patient care.</p> <p>One of 35 organisations nominated across five categories on the evening, Idox Health earned its place at the national event after being crowned winners at the 2016 West Midlands Medilink awards for the same category.</p> <p>At the heart of its awards entry, Idox Health discussed its joint venture with University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to develop StrokePad, a tablet-based solution designed specifically to meet Stroke Assessment needs.</p> <p>The technology is the world's first mobile electronic patient record system for stroke treatment, and enables clinicians to complete initial assessments in a faster, more efficient manner. Consistent with Idox Health's wider work as a leading supplier of digital healthcare solutions, StrokePad removes duplication, ensures excellent data quality, and produces reports against all local, network, and national statutory requirements to support clinicians in delivering excellent patient care.</p> <p>Please visit the <strong><a href="https://health.idoxgroup.com/">Idox Health</a></strong> website for more information about products and services.</p> Press Releases |
Malta Minister for Health unveils new emCare centre aimed at supporting independent living A new centre that will enable individuals to experience how technology can support their independent living has been officially opened by Malta’s Minister for Health Chris Fearne. 11/04/2017 /media/1673/emcare_store_opening.jpg Malta Minister for Health unveils new emCare centre aimed at supporting independent living <p>A new centre that will enable individuals to experience how technology can support their independent living has been officially opened by Malta’s Minister for Health Chris Fearne.</p> <p>emCare, a division of Idox Health and provider of electronic and mobile care, unveiled its new call centre and concept store on Monday (10 April). Located in Swatar, it will act as a retail base for all its products, as well as ensuring a 24/7, quality service to those who use its technology in homes, care centres and health organisations across Malta.</p> <p>Divided into three main areas, the centre provides a base for the emCare team to meet with customers to discuss their needs, as well as space for them to experience how the technology works in reality. All emCare solutions - which are available to everyone, irrespective of service provider and age – are aimed at empowering individuals to live independently for longer, providing peace of mind that help is available when needed, as well as reducing the pressure on hospitals and clinicians via preventative care.</p> <p>The opening has also seen emCare welcome new employees, who will join a specially trained team responding to customer needs and emergencies around-the-clock.</p> <p>Congratulating emCare on this significant investment and its ongoing commitment to the community, Minister for Health, Chris Fearne said: “The Health Sector in Malta is yet again attracting investment. We are pleased to note that more and more businesses are investing in health. Last year a new private hospital opened its doors, while two medical educational institutions will start operating from our country as from the next scholastic year.  A private public partnership, between the Government and Vitals Global Healthcare, will continue to transform the health sector in Malta with a massive investment in health infrastructure. Technology in health is also one of the main priorities in health during the EU Presidency with the ehealth week taking place in May this year.”</p> <p>Combining healthcare with technology, emCare pioneers a wide range of solutions that deliver continuous and real-time health and environmental monitoring, as well as products that enable individuals to live safely in their own homes for longer.</p> <p>Launching later this year, its myemCare application will provide individuals with a single, electronic repository to store all their medical records, such as vital signs, medications, care plans, illnesses and lifestyle records. The solution promotes a preventative approach to healthcare, allowing individuals to play a more proactive approach in their own care, whilst ensuring clinicians can identify issues as early as possible.</p> <p>Ivan Bartolo, Idox Health’s Managing Director, said: “Our vision is to provide consumers with a platform where they can manage their health story, whilst at the same time attempting to bridge the gap between the consumer and the clinician world, making health affordable in the 21<sup>st</sup><span> </span>century. Our holistic vision is to help people feel in charge of their own lives, not only as they age, but throughout their lives.”</p> <p>emCare’s new centre is located on the ground floor level of the Idox Business Centre in Swatar.</p> <p>For more information about emCare and its range of solutions, visit<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.myemcare.com/" target="_blank">www.myemcare.com</a>.</p> Press Releases |
Smaller clinics to benefit from secure cloud-based HIV care record system More clinics will be able to access a specialised Electronic Care Record (ECR) system for HIV treatment after it was announced the solution is now available on the cloud. 20/03/2017 /media/1674/istock-486309632-hiv.jpg Smaller clinics to benefit from secure cloud-based HIV care record system <p>More clinics will be able to access a specialised Electronic Care Record (ECR) system for HIV treatment after it was announced the solution is now available on the cloud.</p> <p>Climate-HIV – a joint venture between Idox Health and North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust – enables hospitals to record all patient data in one place, granting the clinical team faster access to information and reducing administration time spent on writing referrals. Whilst previously an on-premises solution, the extension of Climate-HIV to the cloud will make it significantly easier for smaller HIV clinics to use the same HIV system as larger hospitals in a secure, affordable and hassle-free manner.</p> <p>The web-based application is now accessible from any trust computer across the secure N3 network and requires no additional software or hardware. All Climate-HIV patient data is streamed over the N3 network using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) industry standard encryption, protecting the transfer of information between the clinician and the secure Idox Health cloud.</p> <p>Steve Wightman, Sales and Marketing Director at Idox Health said: “Having Climate-HIV available on the cloud on a cost-per-patient basis, we have now made a world-class application available to all HIV service centres, regardless of size. Whether you service 50 patients or 500, this model allows every centre to take advantage of everything Climate-HIV has to offer.”</p> <p>Climate-HIV supports effective management of costly medications. By recording all patient information in one place, the workload of the clinician in generating prescriptions, the screening and processing of these items by pharmacists and the collection by patients can be managed via the same system. This streamlined approach to HIV care allows clinics to operate more efficiently, enabling them to better monitor medication usage and allocate budget for current and future requirements.</p> <p>Dr Achim Schwenk, Deputy Medical Director, CCIO, Caldicott Guardian and HIV Consultant at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust said, “We are very proud of Climate-HIV, the specialist clinician’s ECR. This new cloud-based solution will make this accessible to patients and staff in any HIV clinic in the UK who wish to sign up”.</p> <p>More information about Climate-HIV is available in the <a data-udi="umb://document/7e47d60941334d45bae4fb2d24d97bbd" href="#" title="HIV Management">solutions page</a>.</p> Press Releases |
Making digital technology work for NHS Trusts – how logistics management is impacting on cost improvement programmes Individual NHS trusts are under significant pressure to reduce costs whilst still improving the quality of care provided. Despite this, the medical records department – or Health Records Service (HRS) – often gets overlooked in a trust’s cost improvement programme (CIP) 04/03/2017 /media/1677/jw1a2746-hospital-nurse-pc.jpg Making digital technology work for NHS Trusts – how logistics management is impacting on cost improvement programmes <p>Individual NHS trusts are under significant pressure to reduce costs whilst still improving the quality of care provided. Despite this, the medical records department – or Health Records Service (HRS) – often gets overlooked in a trust’s cost improvement programme (CIP)</p> <p>Left largely unchanged for decades, the average HRS manages thousands of paper health records every day and, as such, instances of missing case notes are common. For this reason, many NHS trusts are turning to healthcare logistics management to improve processes, enhance patient experiences and give tighter control over paper-based records.</p> <p><strong>The challenges of manual tracking</strong></p> <p>Unreliable case note availability poses a direct threat to patient safety – missing notes lead to delayed or cancelled appointments. To mitigate this, trusts engage in the practice of records tracking.</p> <p>Tracking is the recording of file locations – from secretaries and ward clerks to nursing staff and the HRS – in order to allow trust staff to locate files quickly. Historically, the tracking systems in place have lacked intuitive technology and often, haven’t supported the correct audit trails. For example, tracking files outside of the library is traditionally done via a manual check-out procedure which, as a tedious process, is often not performed at all. This has a significant impact on records clerks who are subsequently required to look through piles of records to find a specific patient file, not to mention nursing staff time spent locating files rather than being able to focus on patient care.</p> <p>The method of filing records within hospital libraries can be cumbersome too. Many libraries use a sequential filing system which means that when files are returned, they must be checked in, pre-sorted and then inserted into their pre-designated place by put-away staff. This process can take an entire day.</p> <p>Therefore, with significant financial and qualitative risks associated with continuing to operate the HRS in this way, what improvements can be made? Hospitals nationwide are exploring a transition to Electronic Document Management (EDM) in line with the Government’s goal of achieving a paperless NHS by 2020.</p> <p>However, implementing an EDM solution is a big commitment, involving a two to three-year programme that costs in the region of £3 million and generates no savings until fully online. Therefore, whilst full digitalisation may be the ultimate goal for many NHS trusts, this huge investment with little immediate return often makes the project seem impossible for an institution trying to cut costs today.</p> <p><strong>Getting past failed and unaffordable EDM strategies</strong></p> <p>A key recommendation from the<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/productivity-in-nhs-hospitals" target="_blank">Carter Review</a><span> </span>for the Department of Health, which details how the NHS can save £5 billion, is that trusts should "aim to work in collaboration both with national procurement strategies and other trusts to explore common systems adoption, e.g. efficient electronic catalogues using retail system standards and adopting GS1".</p> <p>Supporting this approach, iFIT™ (Intelligent File and Inventory Tracking) is Idox Health’s healthcare logistics management platform designed for hospitals. It is a process management tool that also utilises RFID technology to provide a breadcrumb trail for item movement, supporting a suite of pre-built automated processes specific to the management of hospital assets and health records. It is also currently the only application fully compliant with all GS1 keys as mandated by the National Health Service Executive.</p> <p>Case notes are tagged with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag that carries a unique GS1 compliant number. RFID sensors on the premises then record which items were at that sensor location at that specific time. In areas not covered by fixed sensors, objects can be found and tracked to other locations using hand-held devices which work in a similar way to metal detectors.</p> <p>HRS overheads have subsequently been dramatically reduced following rollout of iFIT™ technology, by: minimising the amount of time staff spend tracking, searching for and re-filing notes; eliminating pre-sorting with the introduction of Location-Based Filing; and releasing floor space in line with the recommendations of the Carter Review. In addition, an organisation pursuing a full EDM strategy can rely on iFIT™ to provide a full inventory of active and inactive case notes, identifying all – both physical and electronic – records and their current location.</p> <p>Whilst iFIT™ is not a replacement for digitisation, it delivers significant efficiency savings by helping a trust identify which case notes should be scanned. These immediate savings enable trusts to create the necessary headroom in their budgets to implement EDM cost-effectively.</p> <p><strong>Cutting</strong><strong><span> </span>today’s operating costs to fund tomorrow’s requirements</strong></p> <p>Good logistics management drives tangible business benefits for a hospital.</p> <p>Recently, Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust presented<span> </span><a rel="noopener" data-udi="umb://media/5c02d34f346244c7bde1166655e2a264" href="/media/1737/ifit-nhs-statistics_220616.png" target="_blank" title="iFIT-NHS-Statistics_220616.png">the results</a><span> </span>of their implementation of iFIT™. They reported achieving 85% of their business case in five months, with specific areas achieving a fivefold increase in efficiency. They were able to successfully reduce department overheads by automating labour-intensive processes, generating between 30% and 40% staff savings, as well as undertake statutory reporting, improve estate-wide tracking capabilities, release 20% of library space, and significantly reduce staff time engaged in filing and search activities. They also outlined additional benefits such as improved staff morale and reporting capabilities driving visibility and performance.</p> <p>To date, iFIT™ is currently tracking more than 13 million live healthcare records across 12 sites.</p> <p>Medical records management is just one example of healthcare logistics management. As a multi-purpose platform, iFIT™ has also been implemented to manage mobile hospital assets and is being further expanded to track pathology specimens, pharmaceuticals, supplies and hospital staff.</p> <p>To find out more about iFIT™ and how it is supporting across the health sector, please visit the dedicated <a rel="noopener" data-udi="umb://document/193c3288637c419f988900e800f38776" href="/solutions/" target="_blank" title="Solutions">Idox Health solutions page.</a></p> Blog |
A focus on healthcare logistics management: how it helps NHS Trusts do more, with less Working towards the Government’s goal of achieving a paperless NHS by 2020, NHS Trusts nationwide are met with the challenges of planning a transition to Electronic Document Management (EDM). 04/03/2017 /media/1675/jw1a2545-hospital-library-gun-records_tracking.jpg A focus on healthcare logistics management: how it helps NHS Trusts do more, with less <p>Working towards the Government’s goal of achieving a paperless NHS by 2020, NHS Trusts nationwide are met with the challenges of planning a transition to Electronic Document Management (EDM).</p> <p>However, given the significant costs associated with full digitalisation, and with many still tracking patient records manually, NHS Trusts are turning to healthcare logistics management to provide tighter control over paper-based records and improve processes.</p> <p>In this article, we take a look at how Idox Health’s iFIT™ technology – the only application fully compliant with all GS1 keys – is helping to dramatically reduce the time hospital staff spend tracking, searching and filing records, with one NHS Trust achieving 85% of its business case in just five months of using the platform.</p> <p>Already tracking over 13 million live healthcare records across 12 sites, we discuss how the platform could help other NHS Trusts improve their medical records management and reduce costs whilst delivering a better patient experience.</p> <p>Want to read more? Read the full article: <a rel="noopener" data-udi="umb://document/2f3270670c944d279f838e519e8c79e6" href="/archive/making-digital-technology-work-for-nhs-trusts-how-logistics-management-is-impacting-on-cost-improvement-programmes/" target="_blank" title="Making digital technology work for NHS Trusts – how logistics management is impacting on cost improvement programmes">Making digital technology work for NHS Trusts – how logistics management is impacting on cost improvement programmes</a></p> Press Releases |
Every cloud has a silver lining – why moving to the cloud is the future for your sexual health clinic Why is there a move to cloud computing? There seems to be a lot of noise about cloud computing but what is it and what does it mean to a sexual health clinic? Keeping your IT infrastructure in line and up to date can be a challenge. There are three points you need to know. 02/03/2017 /media/1676/clouds.jpg Every cloud has a silver lining – why moving to the cloud is the future for your sexual health clinic <p><em>by Joanne Shrimpton, Marketing Executive, Idox Health</em></p> <p><strong>Why is there a move to cloud computing?</strong></p> <p>There seems to be a lot of noise about cloud computing but what is it and what does it mean to a sexual health clinic? </p> <p>Keeping your IT infrastructure in line and up to date can be a challenge. There are three points you need to know. Firstly, your software is currently installed on every PC in the clinic.  Some of these PCs could be quite old and have trouble working at the same speed that you are working. You don’t have time as it is, and you need your computer to keep up the pace. Slow PCs can slow you down which is frustrating and in addition, the upkeep of all these PCs is costly on an already tight budget.</p> <p>Secondly, what you might not know is that your software needs to be installed on a server somewhere in your trust, meaning your trust’s IT department has to be involved in the upkeep. There are costs involved here too. The cost of the server, cost to the IT department to keep it current, all servers tend to be on a 5-year replacement schedule and in addition, even the electricity and air conditioning to prevent over-heating should be considered.</p> <p>And thirdly, should you have an issue with the software, who do you turn to first? Your IT department to find out whether it’s a PC issue, or to the software vendor?  It shouldn’t have to be like this, you are busy enough. You should be able to raise one support call.</p> <p>It can be hard to get your service onto a firm and future-proof footing from an IT perspective, particularly if needs are evolving fast and time, budgets and resources are limited. But as time marches on with these limited resources, you can only extend the life of old systems and minimise upgrade activity for so long before complexity and inefficiency get you in the end. Cloud computing has been designed to make life simpler. Lilie, available on an Idox Health hosted environment, is your solution. </p> <p><strong>How does Lilie hosted reduce my costs and increase reliability?</strong></p> <p>With Lilie as a hosted managed service you pay for what you need. You can predict your costs which allows for more accurate budgeting, especially when compared to the costs of an internal IT department managing upgrades and addressing issues. Your Lilie application can be delivered to your users without the need to invest in your own servers, infrastructure or complex networks. Idox Health maintains the server and software, so there is no need for you to invest in a server, server upkeep and repair, server replacement, cabling, cooling, space or cost of skills. All you need is a Windows 7 or higher PC and an active connection from the client computer to the N3 network. Idox Health offers 24/7 infrastructure support and 99.99% uptime – all covered in a set annually fee. </p> <p><strong>Is it really that simple?</strong></p> <p>Yes.  Once you have signed up to Lilie as a hosted service, Idox Health can complete all migration work out of hours to minimise any impact on end users. We maintain the servers and keep them current. The databases are backed up daily saving your IT department another task. </p> <p><strong>Is it safe? Is the patient's data secure?</strong></p> <p>Yes. Lilie is hosted in two data centres across two geographic locations which means you can relax. The data is mirrored across the sites, so if one site experiences service disruption, the second will take over automatically ensuring that you are up and running again with minimum disruption. Warning – technical bit now – both data centres are connected to the N3 network and serve the application through RDS using SSL to ensure that all data in transit is encrypted. Idox Health is ISO 27001 compliant to give you complete peace of mind.</p> <p><strong>The future of software</strong></p> <p>Lilie on a hosted environment represents the best fit for both your short and longer-term needs. We ensure your IT system is always reliable, is simpler and easier to manage, is secure and stable with a single point of contact should you have any issues, is flexible for growth and more importantly, is extremely cost efficient.  At Idox Health, we believe we grow together – supporting you today whilst planning for your future needs. </p> <p>For more info<span> </span><a data-udi="umb://document/e36e6abe19254d74a677a64988297165" href="/solutions/lilie-sexual-health-management-old/" title="Sexual Health Management">click here</a>. </p> Blog |
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board extends iFIT coverage to second site Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board will extend its health records logistics coverage to a second hospital in the region following the successful rollout of iFIT™ at its Wrexham Maelor site. 22/02/2017 /media/1679/idox-so-visual-048-hospital-it-pc.jpg Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board extends iFIT coverage to second site <p>Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board will extend its health records logistics coverage to a second hospital in the region following the successful rollout of iFIT<strong>™</strong> at its Wrexham Maelor site.</p> <p>The decision to expand the service to Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital in Bangor was accelerated following the Health Board’s reporting of significant savings just weeks after implementing the tracking and business management solution at its first hospital last November.</p> <p>After only two weeks, the solution from Idox Health generated savings of 50% in filing patient health records, and led to around a 30% reduction in overall effort in the records library.</p> <p>By using iFIT<strong>™</strong>, the hospital team at Wrexham Maelor have an automated, intuitive and process-led system that tracks and manages all paper-based records within the hospital’s facilities via passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. Besides allowing the Health Records staff to retrieve and file records at a faster rate, the results of implementing iFIT have also included a reduction in the occurrences of missing files, a decrease in staff time searching for them, as well as improved audit trails.</p> <p>Danielle Edwards, Head of Digital Records for the Health Board said, “We are fully committed to delivering the benefits we have experienced in Wrexham Maelor to all of our main sites and are exploring with colleagues at Idox Health the full product range to support improved patient outcomes”.</p> <p>Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board<strong> </strong>runs services that span a large area meaning transporting patient records, supplies and clinical and non-clinical assets across hospital settings can prove costly. iFIT<strong>™</strong> works across sites, supporting streamlined processes and allowing teams to collaborate more efficiently to improve the patient experience. The technology’s integration with the Welsh PAS will also pave the way towards a full electronic patient record.</p> <p>Steve Wightman, Sales and Marketing Director at Idox Health commented, “The speed at which we have rolled into phase two of this project is a testament to the benefits being derived by the Board and the desire of the Board project team to make an even bigger impact”.</p> <p>Beyond the scope of paper records, the Health Board has the opportunity to utilise iFIT™ to track medical devices, beds, pharmaceutical supplies, pathology samples and vulnerable patients. This will offer further cost efficiencies, improve the service provided to the patient and reduce clinical risk.</p> <p>To find out more about iFIT™ and its current use across the health sector, please visit the dedicated <a data-udi="umb://document/193c3288637c419f988900e800f38776" href="/solutions/" title="Solutions">Idox Health solutions page</a>.</p> Press Releases |
Acquisition of 6PM Group Idox is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of 6PM Holdings plc (6PM), an international provider of specialist software solutions for the healthcare market. 03/02/2017 Acquisition of 6PM Group <p>Idox is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of 6PM Holdings plc (6PM), an international provider of specialist software solutions for the healthcare market.</p> <p>6PM delivers a broad range of innovative systems which are researched and developed, often in partnership with clinicians and healthcare trusts, with the specific aim of fostering efficiency and ease of use.  In the face of increasing demand for healthcare services, hospitals and clinics use 6PM to free up budget and spend more time on patient welfare.</p> <p>Idox already provides facilities management solutions to a number of NHS trusts in the U.K., and views the acquisition of 6PM as a significant step forward in establishing the group’s credentials in the sector.</p> <p>“Idox has always been very focused on identifying areas where the smart use of software can improve public services – whether through efficient back-end systems or through thoughtfully designed user interfaces.” comments Idox CEO, Andrew Riley. </p> <p>“This acquisition allows us to gain a firm foothold in the healthcare market, where these principles are even more pertinent.  6PM brings to Idox both a range of market-leading products, and a number of talented innovative people.  We are excited by the opportunity this gives us to accelerate our growth and delight our customers at the same time!”</p> <p>6PM will become known as Idox Health.</p> Press Releases |
London Trust to Rollout GS1 with 6PM’s iFIT GS1 Transformation and Management Solution A major London NHS trust has today agreed to rollout 6PM's iFIT iIndex solution as part of their GS1 compliance. The initial phase will focus on GS1 compliance for medical devices, procurement and theatres whilst also providing all the underlying enterprise management of GS1 barcodes. This includes a master index for the issuing and maintenance of GS1 barcodes and the transformation of the trust’s current barcode schemas to GS1. 16/01/2017 /media/1678/gs1_certified_solution.png London Trust to Rollout GS1 with 6PM’s iFIT GS1 Transformation and Management Solution <p>A major London NHS trust has today agreed to rollout 6PM's iFIT iIndex solution as part of their GS1 compliance. The initial phase will focus on GS1 compliance for medical devices, procurement and theatres whilst also providing all the underlying enterprise management of GS1 barcodes. This includes a master index for the issuing and maintenance of GS1 barcodes and the transformation of the trust’s current barcode schemas to GS1.</p> <p>In addition, the solution provides the processing capability to support event and data capture activities (Scan4Safety) utilising GS1 EPCIS standards and the Common Hospital Vocabulary (CHV). iIndex enables trust usage of GS1 standards, delivering patient safety and key cost savings around asset utilisation, patient level costings and eCommerce including support of ASNs.</p> <p>The rollout will be completed utilising the 6PM iFIT platform which is already GS1 UK certified for all seven GS1 keys.</p> <p><em>Further details will be announced shortly.</em></p> Press Releases |
iFIT™ goes South West An NHS trust based in the South West of England is the latest to sign up to iFIT™, 6PM's healthcare logistics management system. 10/01/2017 /media/1685/ifit_soutwest_map.png iFIT™ goes South West <p>An NHS trust based in the South West of England is the latest to sign up to iFIT™, 6PM's healthcare logistics management system.</p> <p>Built to drive efficiencies within the trust's Health Records Service and clinical community as well as to support the move towards Electronic Document Management (EDM), iFIT™ will empower the trust's employees to accurately track and manage patient records using RFID tagging.</p> <p>The location-information and automation that iFIT™ will provide will result in significant improvements in the speed and efficiency at which required case notes will be retrieved for clinics. The trust will also benefit from released library space, audit trails, GS1 compliance and the delivery of important NHS cost improvement programme targets.</p> <p>Furthermore, the RFID network that will be put in place within these regional hospitals will permit the trust to later utilise iFIT™ to track medical devices, beds, pharmaceuticals – anything that moves. This will provide further cost efficiencies, improve the service provided to the patient and reduce clinical risk.</p> <p><em>A formal press release providing details of the NHS trust will be released in due course.</em></p> Press Releases |
iFIT™ to expand coverage in North Wales A Welsh University Health Board will be utilising the iFIT™ platform to extend its health records logistics coverage to a second hospital within the region. 15/12/2016 iFIT™ to expand coverage in North Wales <p>A Welsh University Health Board will be utilising the iFIT™ platform to extend its health records logistics coverage to a second hospital within the region.<br /> <br />iFIT™ significantly reduces occurrences of missing case notes as well as support NHS trusts and Health Boards across the UK in achieving their cost improvement programme targets and in establishing GS1 compliancy.</p> <p>Welsh Health Boards however face the additional challenge of generally running a dispersed service, operating over a very large, mostly rural region. Transporting patient records, supplies, clinical and non-clinical assets across the large distances between hospital settings is costly. iFIT™ improves the communication between these dispersed hospitals and streamlines their processes, allowing them to collaborate more efficiently in order to improve the patient experience.<br /> <br />A formal press release providing details of the Health Board will be released in due course.</p> Press Releases |
iFIT™ yn weithredol bellach yng Nghymru Mae Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Betsi Cadwaladr bellach yn gweithredu iFIT™ er mwyn rheoli ac olrhain cofnodion iechyd cleifion yn Ysbyty Maelor Wrecsam. 01/12/2016 /media/1692/gig-cymru-nhs-wales.jpg iFIT™ yn weithredol bellach yng Nghymru <p>Mae Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Betsi Cadwaladr bellach yn gweithredu iFIT™ er mwyn rheoli ac olrhain cofnodion iechyd cleifion yn Ysbyty Maelor Wrecsam.</p> <p>Hwn yw'r Bwrdd Iechyd cyntaf yng Nghymru i gynnal y platfform rheoli logisteg gofal iechyd gan 6PM, ac ar ôl pythefnos yn unig ers i'r prosiect fynd yn weithredol yn llwyddiannus, maent yn sôn am fuddion cychwynnol o gynnydd 50% o ran ffeilio a lleihad mewn ymdrech yn gyffredinol yn llyfrgell cofnodion Ysbyty Maelor Wrecsam o ryw 30%.</p> <p>Mae'r cynnydd hwn mewn effeithlonrwydd oherwydd bod ganddynt system awtomatig, sythweledol ac wedi'i harwain gan broses sy'n olrhain ac yn rheoli'r holl gofnodion papur, ffeiliau dros dro, cyfrolau a chopïau dyblyg yng nghyfleusterau'r ysbyty trwy ddefnyddio tagiau Adnabod Amledd Radio (RFID) goddefol. Mae staff Cofnodion Iechyd yn ffeilio cofnodion yn gyflymach gan nad oes angen eu rhag-didoli mwyach. Bellach mae modd i nodiadau achos gael eu hail-ffeilio'n uniongyrchol ar y safle mewn unrhyw drefn a'u holrhain i'w lleoliad ar y silff.</p> <p>Yn ogystal â'r buddion uniongyrchol sy'n cael eu gwneud trwy symleiddio systemau ffeilio ac olrhain y llyfrgell, mae lleihad yn yr amlder o ffeiliau'n mynd ar goll a'r amser y mae staff yn ei dreulio'n chwilio amdanynt. Mae 'gynnau' llaw RFID bellach yn caniatáu i staff ddod o hyd i set o nodiadau â thag RFID yn unrhyw ardal o'r ysbyty, gan sicrhau na fydd argaeledd unrhyw nodiadau cleifion yn peri oedi o ran unrhyw driniaeth.</p> <p>O ganlyniad i'r buddion sylweddol sy'n cael eu gwireddu, mae Betsi Cadwaladr bellach yn ymdrechu i gwblhau rhoi iFIT™ ar waith ar bob un o'i dri safle.</p> <p>Bydd integreiddio iFIT  â System Gweinyddu Cleifion (PAS) Cymru hefyd yn paratoi'r llwybr tuag at gofnod claf electronig llawn a thu hwnt i gwmpas cofnodion papur, mae gan Betsi Cadwaladr y cyfle i ddefnyddio iFIT™ ymhellach er mwyn olrhain dyfeisiau meddygol, fframiau gwely, matresi, cadeiriau olwyn, samplau patholeg a chleifion sy'n agored i niwed. Bydd hyn yn cynnig cost effeithlonrwydd, gwella'r gwasanaeth a ddarperir ar gyfer y claf, ac yn lleihau risg glinigol.</p> <p>Dywedodd Danielle Edwards, Pennaeth Cofnodion Digidol y Bwrdd Iechyd, “Hwn yw'r cam allweddol cyntaf ar daith y Bwrdd Iechyd tuag at y Cofnod Claf Electronig, ac mae holl geidwaid cofnodion cleifion a'u timau rheoli staff wedi'i groesawu. Gan weithio gyda'r tîm project ardderchog a ddarperir gan 6PM, mae gennym bob ffydd y bydd yn llwyddiant mawr ac yn gwella canlyniadau cleifion yn y pen draw.”</p> <p>Dywedodd Steve Wightman, Dirprwy Brif Swyddog Gweithredol 6PM ccc, “Mae'n bleser gen i weld bod y Bwrdd Iechyd cyntaf yng Nghymru wedi mabwysiadu iFIT fel platfform strategol. Mae'n galonogol iawn eu gweld yn profi'r un buddion ag ysbytai eraill sydd wedi gwneud hynny ac felly rydym yn bwriadu cyflwyno'r fenter i safleoedd eraill yn y dyfodol agos."</p> Press Releases |
iFIT™ now live in Wales Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is now actively running iFIT™ to manage and track their patient health records at their Wrexham Maelor Hospital. 30/11/2016 /media/1693/gig-cymru-nhs-wales.jpg iFIT™ now live in Wales <p>Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is now actively running iFIT™ to manage and track their patient health records at their Wrexham Maelor Hospital.</p> <p>It is the first Health Board in Wales to run the healthcare logistics management platform from 6PM and after only two weeks since the successful go-live they are reporting initial benefits of 50% increase in filing and a reduction in overall effort in the Wrexham Maelor records library by about 30%.</p> <p>This increase in efficiency is due to them now having an automated, intuitive and process-led system that tracks and manages all paper-based records, temporary files, volumes and duplicates within the hospital’s facilities through the use of passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. The Health Records staff are filing records at a faster rate as they now no longer need pre-sorting. Case notes can now be re-filed directly onto the shelf in any order and tracked to the shelf location.</p> <p>In addition to the instant benefits being made with the simplification of the library filing and tracking systems, there is a reduction in the occurrences of missing files and staff time spent searching for them.  Handheld RFID ‘guns’ now enable staff to find a set of notes with an RFID tag in any area of the hospital, ensuring that the availability of patient notes will not delay any treatment.</p> <p>As a result of the tangible benefits being achieved, Betsi Cadwaladr is now pushing to complete the implementation of iFIT™ in all three of its sites.</p> <p>iFIT’s integration with the Welsh PAS will also prepare the path towards a full electronic patient record, and beyond the scope of paper records, Betsi Cadwaladr have the opportunity to further utilise iFIT™ to track medical devices, bed frames, mattresses, wheelchairs, pathology samples, and vulnerable patients.  This will offer further cost efficiencies, improve the service provided to the patient and reduce clinical risk.</p> <p>Danielle Edwards, Head of Digital Records for the Health Board said, “This is the first key step on the Health Board’s journey to the electronic patient record and has been welcomed by all custodians of patient records and their management teams. Working with the excellent project team provided by 6PM, we have every confidence that this will prove to be a great success and ultimately improve patient outcomes.”</p> <p>Steve Wightman, Deputy CEO of 6PM plc commented, “I am delighted to see the first Welsh Health Board adopt iFIT as a strategic platform.  It is very satisfying to see them experience the same benefits as other hospitals that have done so and therefore plan the roll-out to further sites in the very near future.”</p> Press Releases |
Specimen Labelling - It’s not WHAT you do….it’s the WAY that you do it Having established an excellent and improved relationship between patient and clinic, thanks in many ways to improved technology, why would you continue to hand write specimen labels and test order forms? Time to draw a line under handwriting and reap the advantages of automatically printed laboratory labels. 07/11/2016 /media/1694/lilie-specimen-labelling.png Specimen Labelling - It’s not WHAT you do….it’s the WAY that you do it <p><em>by Joanne Shrimpton, Marketing Executive </em><em>&amp; </em><em>Jordan Arkell, Clinical Products Sales Executive</em></p> <p>Having established an excellent and improved relationship between patient and clinic, thanks in many ways to improved technology, why would you continue to hand write specimen labels and test order forms? Time to draw a line under handwriting and reap the advantages of automatically printed laboratory labels.</p> <p>Electronic labelling is a powerful and effective tool which increases patient safety; increases clinic efficiency; improves accuracy; reduces errors and can speed up patient diagnosis and consequently the treatment received by the patient. This in sexual health medicine is especially important when you are trying to reduce the spread of onward infection.</p> <p>Lilie is the market-leading clinical management software used by Sexual Health and Contraceptive &amp; Reproductive Health services.  The software enables sexual health patients to book their own appointments using Lilie Online booking and allows patients to input clinical data using Lilie Touchscreens. So how frustrating (and expensive) would it be to have to recall a patient to repeat a test due to a problem with their sample label?</p> <p>Hand written labels are not only laborious and time consuming, they are unreliable (the handwriting of the medical professionals is infamous<em>)<span> </span></em>leading to potential transcription errors. Not only that, ink can bleed and blur and again information could be totally unreliable.</p> <p>Professor John Kay, a consultant for John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and a Royal College of Pathologists spokesman said of the high numbers of wrongly labelled pathology samples “Most of those errors actually occurred because we are using hand written request cards, they then come into the laboratory, we have to copy type them and that's where these errors are coming into the system.”</p> <p><strong>Now is the time to implement a productive labelling solutions that increases productivity and saves the trust vast amounts of money.</strong></p> <p>Lilie’s Order Communications module can automatically generate barcodes with the patient data from the electronic patient record and prints the labels which can be attached to the patients test specimen.  Electronically printed specimen labels speed up the consultation administration allowing for more quality time with the patient, happier clinic staff and improved technician productivity levels, saving valuable clinic time and reducing mistakes which costs your clinic money.  </p> <p><strong>It's a two way street!</strong></p> <p>Not only does this process speed up the time it takes to order a test with the accuracy of labels but patient test results are then sent electronically back into the Lilie system. This saves admin time by automatically updating the patient record and speeds up the results of the test ready to be communicated to the patient.  Bulk communications via SMS text messages speed up this process also.  6PM believes that the faster and more efficient your service is at communicating and ultimately treating patients reduces onward transmission to other potential sexual partners and improves patient safety.</p> <p>So why would you hand write your laboratory labels and Lab forms when you can quickly print the labels.  It makes no sense! Do it right - labelling your test samples improves accuracy and reduces clinical administration time.  It’s a no brainer!</p> Blog |
6PM announces major update to its market leader in sexual health management 6PM is pleased to announce a major upgrade to Lilie the leading sexual health management application offering customers a variety of richer features and benefits. Lilie was launched in 1999 and today is the market leading sexual and reproductive health software specifically designed to support multi-disciplinary teams treating sexual health and HIV patients whilst streamlining services and delivering cost savings. The application is installed across more than 130 sites in the UK. 13/09/2016 /media/1695/lilie_new-features-70.jpg 6PM announces major update to its market leader in sexual health management <p>6PM is pleased to announce a major upgrade to Lilie the leading sexual health management application offering customers a variety of richer features and benefits.</p> <p>Lilie was launched in 1999 and today is the market leading sexual and reproductive health software specifically designed to support multi-disciplinary teams treating sexual health and HIV patients whilst streamlining services and delivering cost savings. The application is installed across more than 130 sites in the UK.</p> <p>Lilie focuses on the entire patient journey from first presentation through to testing and subsequent treatment with a key focus on patient safety whilst improving clinical processes. The new version:</p> <ul> <li>Ensures only the relevant questions are displayed - Dynamic Forms change, validate and evolve as you enter data. If you enter that the patient is female, all the female related questions will appear on the consultation screen.</li> <li>Allows clinicians to spend more time with your patient and offer increased quality of care - inputting patient data is less time consuming due to the evolving screens removing irrelevant and repeated questions.</li> <li>Clinical safety enhancements have been added so that share codes ensure that timely and relevant responses from previously completed consultations can be shared and pre-populate forms automatically. This avoids having to repeat questions and gives the patient a better experience whilst improving the quality of data that is collected.</li> <li>Includes patient banner with key patient data - patient identification has been improved through the inclusion of a patient banner, which displays key data at the top of every Dynamic Form, following the NHS Common User Interface (CUI) guidelines.</li> <li>Is easier to configure and maintain - Dynamic Forms are created using a user friendly drag-and-drop editor making it instinctive and simple to create and maintain consultation forms.</li> </ul> <p>Dean Bennett, Software Development Director at 6PM Group said “For years we’ve successfully strived to ensure Lilie is highly flexible to meet our customers’ needs. The inclusion of Dynamic Forms in the latest version of Lilie has furthered our commitment to our clients by providing a feature that, I believe, will help transform further all sexual health consultations.”</p> Press Releases |
Funding cuts. What 6PM are doing to help? Reading the news last week and discovering that the NHS is set to ‘worsen’ due to necessary cost efficiencies of £22bn by 2020-21, concerns have been raised that these cuts will be made at service level; ultimately, resulting in a detrimental effect on patient care including bed cuts, treatment rations, reorganisation of services and potential closures in a vain attempt to improve patient care. 05/09/2016 /media/1696/money-stack-pounds.jpg Funding cuts. What 6PM are doing to help? <p><em>by Jordan Arkell, Clinical Products Sales Executive &amp; </em><em>Jordanna Lane, Clinical Products Sales Executive</em></p> <p>Reading the news last week and discovering that the NHS is set to ‘worsen’ due to necessary cost efficiencies of £22bn by 2020-21, concerns have been raised that these cuts will be made at service level; ultimately, resulting in a detrimental effect on patient care including bed cuts, treatment rations, reorganisation of services and potential closures in a vain attempt to improve patient care.</p> <p>Services are being asked to find savings and efficiencies in order to meet with financial targets set by former Chancellor George Osbourne and NHS England head Simon Stevens. With the ever increasing population in the UK, demand for services is only going to increase. Disappointingly, many think the NHS will be unable to find the £22bn productivity savings that George Osborne demands.</p> <p><strong>What are 6PM doing to help?</strong></p> <p>6PM believe innovation and technology are the key. Our software solutions are tried and tested and already in place in many NHS Trusts providing efficiencies and cost savings throughout the UK. More importantly, they are largely designed by employees within the NHS who understand exactly what is required and how such applications need to behave in a Healthcare setting.</p> <p>6PM has a suite of products are all designed with time saving, efficiency and ease of use in mind some of which are listed below. Click on the link to read in more detail about the cost savings they can give you.</p> <ul> <li><a data-udi="umb://document/193c3288637c419f988900e800f38776" href="/solutions/" title="Solutions">iFIT</a> (Logistics Management for Healthcare) will significantly reduce the costs of managing anything that moves, whether it be Records, Patients, Staff, Supplies, Assets etc..   No private sector organisation could even contemplate running efficiently without the knowledge of where such items are and how they are being utilised.  Many NHS Trusts are reaching the same conclusion, as did the Carter Report, and are now achieving significant savings using this application.</li> <li><a rel="noopener" data-udi="umb://document/e36e6abe19254d74a677a64988297165" href="/solutions/lilie-sexual-health-management-old/" target="_blank" title="Sexual Health Management">Lilie</a> Sexual Health Management System is specifically designed to support multi-disciplinary teams treating sexual health and HIV patients whilst streamlining your services and delivering the cost savings you need.</li> <li><a data-udi="umb://document/7e47d60941334d45bae4fb2d24d97bbd" href="#" title="HIV Management">Climate-HIV</a> is a specialised EPR for HIV patients which provides the whole clinical team with fast access to patient data, helps educate the patient, halves the administration needed to write GP letters and referrals, whilst recording all the patient information in one place.</li> <li>Our new addition, iReach<span> </span>- provides data that’s accurate, consistent and complete. It is an information management tool, built hand-in-hand with NHS trusts specifically for sexual health. iReach is fully configurable through its ergonomic graphical interface and with great flexibility data can be processed to produce trusted superior data from any source regardless of size, data format, platform or technology.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Let’s not cut services, let’s make them more efficient!</strong></p> Blog |
iFIT™ goes live at NHS Tayside Just four months after signing up, NHS Tayside is now actively running iFIT™, 6PM’s logistics management system for patient records. 17/08/2016 /media/1697/nhs-tayside-logo.jpg iFIT™ goes live at NHS Tayside <p>Just four months after signing up, NHS Tayside is now actively running iFIT™, 6PM’s logistics management system for patient records.</p> <p>The Scottish Health Board will now have a fully controlled and rationalised paper records inventory that identifies and locates all records, temporary files, volumes and duplicates within the Angus, Perth and Kinross and City of Dundee areas. It is the first NHS site in Scotland to become GS1 compliant with Health Records. Through a rolling programme that started in June, all active patient records will be tagged with a GS1 compliant radio frequency (RFID) tag containing Tayside’s unique GS1 prefix and GLN location codes. The solution also utilises location based filing processes that will make filing records easier and more efficient as they now no longer need pre-sorting and can be placed directly onto the shelf in any order and tracked to the shelf location barcode.</p> <p>iFIT uses sensors located in key areas around hospital sites to automatically track the journey of health records as they move around estate locations in real time. It also further supports the tracking process through use of electronic handheld ‘RFID guns’ - devices that can locate individual misplaced files immediately within a 360 degrees radius. The system is improving the speed and efficiency within which files are being located.</p> <p>Stuart Keys, Clinical Services Manager at NHS Tayside said, “I would like to thank 6PM from all of us at NHS Tayside for the way they have supported the launch of iFIT. We are delighted that iFIT has started to deliver benefits so quickly. Throughout the preparations 6PM have been thoroughly professional in everything they have done. I have been very impressed by their willingness to do whatever it takes to produce good results. As a customer, I have had a great deal of trust in their judgement and their commitment to make things work for us.”</p> <p>Steve Wightman, Deputy CEO at 6PM plc commented: “iFIT will work seamlessly alongside Tayside’s Intersystem TrackCare EPR (when it is introduced in 2017) and will provide a platform for managing a future scanning and EDM program. In the future, the solution will also permit the Health Board to utilise iFIT to track medical devices, beds, wheelchairs, samples – anything that moves. This will provide further cost efficiencies, improve the service provided to the patient and reduce clinical risk.”</p> Press Releases |
6PM to implement Lilie at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has chosen Lilie for its Sexual Health Service Clinical Management System. 10/08/2016 /media/1699/berkshirehealthcarenhsfoundationtrust.jpg 6PM to implement Lilie at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust <p>Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has chosen Lilie for its Sexual Health Service Clinical Management System.</p> <p>The trust’s Sexual Health Service currently delivers integrated sexual health care incorporating GU Medicine, HIV Medicine, Reproductive Healthcare and Chlamydia Screening. The East Berkshire service provides an open access, self-referral service and a specialist centre for complex sexual health needs referred by primary care. The service comprises a service in Slough and services in Maidenhead and Bracknell.</p> <p>Lilie is 6PM’s market-leading clinical management software for use by discrete or integrated Sexual Health and Contraceptive &amp; Reproductive Health services. It enables instant communications between the service, laboratory and patient; records, retrieves and reports information with ease; and reduces time and cost with its efficient data management. The solution is being used in over 130 sites across the UK.</p> <p>Lilie has the ability to hold a full electronic patient record and enables:</p> <ul> <li>Completely secure and auditable storage of electronic patient records;</li> <li>Effective electronic management of pathology processing including management of results and provision of texting results to patients;</li> <li>Electronic transfer of patient records from Clinics to central collection point via a hosted environment;</li> <li>Ability to meet all the clinical and contractual reporting requirements including the management of SRHAD, GUMCAD and HARS datasets.</li> </ul> <p>Rhys Powell, Commercial Director at 6PM Group commented: “Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are a forward thinking Trust that required the right software to meet their high standards of care. It is with great pleasure that we witness Lilie grow within the sexual health sector, helping services provide great care to their patients.”</p> Press Releases |
Exploiting mobile technology for stroke management There are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK every year. That is more than one every five minutes. Stroke is the fourth largest cause of death in the UK after cancer, heart disease, causing almost 50,000 deaths. For every 1,000 patients who receive thrombolysis, a clot-busting treatment, 80 will live more independently - Stroke Association. 12/07/2016 /media/1700/strokepad-59_nurse_doctor_tablet_hospital_corridor.jpg Exploiting mobile technology for stroke management <p>by Antonella Cachia, Marketing Executive</p> <p>There are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK every year. That is more than one every five minutes. Stroke is the fourth largest cause of death in the UK after cancer, heart disease, causing almost 50,000 deaths. For every 1,000 patients who receive thrombolysis, a clot-busting treatment, 80 will live more independently - Stroke Association. </p> <p>According to further studies carried out by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2001, it was estimated that stroke accounts for nearly 9.6% mortality rate out of 135 diseases. Stroke is leading to a reduction of quality of life globally. Given these alarming statistics, there has been a public effort to reduce the incidence of the disease.  Along with advances in technology, innovations have increasingly been utilised to provide medical professionals, as well as the general public with more information about cerebrovascular diseases, and efforts are being made to help better manage the condition.</p> <p><strong>Technology in the 21st century</strong></p> <p>Information technology and mobile devices have become beneficial and useful in many aspects of stroke management. There is no doubt that technology in the 21st century is having major contributions in stroke management and to the overall patient’s experience and sustainability of health services.</p> <p><strong>Facilitating stroke management through mobile technology</strong></p> <p>Treatment of stroke requires specialised processes that are appropriately provided. A multidisciplinary team approach in the hospital and efficient communication between the stroke unit and the emergency medical system are prerequisites to a good outcome for patients with acute stroke. Information technology can reduce the rate of errors, improve communication, make information more readily accessible, assist in diagnosis and monitoring, provide decision support, and enhance implementation of guidelines and recommendations.</p> <p>The World Health Organization has recently defined mobile health as "medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, personal digital assistants, and other wireless devices". Mobile devices are increasingly being used to diagnose and treat various diseases. Current mobile devices are particularly suited for medical purposes because of their rich multi-touch user interfaces, fast processors, and widely available network connections. Additional benefits of mobile devices are that they can be carried easily and can be used anytime and anywhere.</p> <p><strong>IT and mobile health in the clinical management pathway of stroke patients</strong></p> <p>The benefit of the patients eligible for the clot-busting treatment is time-dependant, and treatment should be initiated as quickly as possible because patients treated with thrombolysis quicker have better outcomes. Technology is helping in this time critical event for the administration of the drug against the background where the average door-to-needle time in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 57 minutes (April – June 2014) – Stroke Statistics, January 2016 *.</p> <p>Within hospitals, established protocols are beneficial to optimise medical processes. Incorporation of technology and clinical systems can enhance communication among team members. Shortening door-to-needle time requires rapid decision-making and action by medical staff members in different departments. The conventional methods of communications such as phone and paper notes do not allow for simultaneous notification between stroke team members. </p> <p>Information technology and smart devices such as StrokePad™ can be useful in many aspects of stroke management, which will also improve patient outcomes. Furthermore, there are various stroke applications in the market. However, most of them are developed without the involvement of clinicians.<span> </span><a data-udi="umb://document/59f20938588040a6bdfa399c38f686db" href="#" title="Stroke Management">StrokePad</a><span> </span>has been designed and built in conjunction with clinicians of University London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH).</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://health.idoxgroup.com/lp/strokepad" target="_blank">Learn more</a> about the benefits and in-built capabilities of this unique clinical solution.<span> </span></p> <p> </p> <p>* Data extracted from<span> </span><em>State of the Nation, Stroke Statistics</em>, January 2016, Stroke Association [Online]<span> </span><a href="https://www.stroke.org.uk/sites/default/files/stroke_statistics_2015.pdf">https://www.stroke.org.uk/sites/default/files/stroke_statistics_2015.pd</a></p> Blog |
Why is high quality information important in the NHS? Hospitals within the NHS are continuously searching for ways to improve quality of care and promote effective quality improvement strategies. Essential elements of a successful strategy include developing the right culture, attracting and retaining the right people, devising and updating the right in-house processes, and giving staff the right tools to do the job. However, all of these elements cannot be attained without having high quality information. 04/07/2016 /media/1701/nhs_facilities_management.jpg Why is high quality information important in the NHS? <p><em>by Rodianne Williams, Marketing Executive</em></p> <p>Hospitals within the NHS are continuously searching for ways to improve quality of care  and promote effective quality improvement strategies. Essential elements of a successful strategy include developing the right culture, attracting and retaining the right people, devising and updating the right in-house processes, and giving staff the right tools to do the job. However, all of these elements cannot be attained without having high quality information.</p> <p>The NHS holds information and data on every one of its patients. This may be demographic information, such as details of a patient's name, address, gender, date of birth etc, or clinical information related to a patient's medical care history. This information is held as either paper or computerised records and is used to support decisions made by the patient and the healthcare professionals looking after the patient, to make sure that the healthcare service being offered is safe and effective.</p> <p>But, what does ‘high quality information’ really mean? High quality information refers to accurate, up-to-date, accessible and free from duplication and fragmentation. If patient information is not correct and up-to-date, there could be consequences to patient care and safety. For example, if a patient had recently moved house, but their records contained an old address, there could be problems in contacting that patient to arrange a necessary appointment. That patient could then experience delays in receiving essential treatment. Doctors, nurses and others need to be able to rely on the accuracy of information available in order to be able to provide timely and effective treatment for a patient.</p> <p>Accurate and reliable health care data is required for determining the continuation and future care of a patient at all levels of health care. Having the correct data ensures the right information for medico-legal purposes for the patient, the doctor and the health care service. It’s crucial for having reliable information about diseases treated and surgical procedures performed in a hospital and within a community, as well as immunisation and screening programmes, including the number and type of participants. Complete statistical information is also helpful when dealing with research, monitoring the outcomes of healthcare interventions and getting to know about the uses of health care services within a community. Moreover, data determines the best teaching methods for health care professionals, working out staffing requirements and planning health care services.</p> <p>All NHS trusts have a responsibility to ensure their data is accurate and fit for purpose, ready for migration to the national systems. NHS organisations can also explain to patients why it is important that they identify themselves in a consistent way when they use NHS services – for example, asking a person called William, who is sometimes also known as Bill, to give the same form of his name each time.</p> <p>Having high quality information available will mean that clinicians have greater levels of confidence that they are advising patients about the best care for them on the basis of accurate, up to date, complete information. In exceptional circumstances, such as in the case of an accident and emergency clinician treating an unconscious patient, clinicians can have greater confidence in the treatment decisions they make on behalf of patients. Quality data, on demand, means that doctors and nurses can spend more time treating patients and less time searching, waiting for, and checking patient information.</p> <p>About CareSolutions™:</p> <p>CareSolutions™ is a powerful data management and processing engine to enhance your information management environment. The solution is the perfect package for any Trust requiring a simple but effective means to achieve fast and reliable results focusing on data quality and integrity. Our solution consists of a powerful data management engine with extensive data quality applied to the data in its path from beginning to end. The end result is instantly accessible and reliable data available for the executive team and information and business analysts to report on.</p> <p>We are always ready to providing the required guidance to help hospitals move in the right direction. For more information visit our <a data-udi="umb://document/193c3288637c419f988900e800f38776" href="/solutions/" title="Solutions">solutions page</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>References: </em></p> <p><a href="http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130502102046/http://www.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk/factsandfiction/systemsfaqs/dataquality"></a><em><a href="http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130502102046/http://www.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk/factsandfiction/systemsfaqs/dataquality">http://webarchive.nationalarch...</a></em></p> <p> </p> Blog |
Another three NHS Foundation Trusts opt for Lilie Three trusts across the UK have opted to implement the leading sexual health computer software solution Lilie. To date 6PM is installed in more than 80 Trusts throughout the UK. Lilie will allow the trusts based in London, the East Midlands and the East of England to implement a wide range of sexual health and HIV services. 14/06/2016 /media/1702/blue-hospital-corridor.jpg Another three NHS Foundation Trusts opt for Lilie <p>Three trusts across the UK have opted to implement the leading sexual health computer software solution Lilie. To date 6PM is installed in more than 80 Trusts throughout the UK. Lilie will allow the trusts based in London, the East Midlands and the East of England to implement a wide range of sexual health and HIV services.</p> <p>Lilie is a fully scalable Electronic Patient Record system (EPR) used to capture outpatient activity, diagnoses and treatments for genitourinary medicine (GUM) patients. Having all the patients' data in an EPR system provides all the clinic team members with fast access to patient data greatly reducing administration functions. All audit and quality measures are incorporated automatically to reduce clinical risks and improve the quality of the sexual health service.</p> <p>Lilie core is the base application which is a full EPR system with comprehensive patient communication, statutory reporting required by the UK government i.e. HARS, SRHAD and GUMCAD, ad hoc report generation and totally secure.</p> <p>Additional modules include Contraceptive &amp; Reproductive Health which is a secure and efficient way to manage Contraceptive and Reproductive Health data and services; Chlamydia Screening providing exceptional NCSP data capture and reporting facilities; Prescribing which includes the Dictionary of Medicines and Devices (DM+D); SMS Texting is an effective way to improve patient communications and reduce DNA rates; Touchscreen allows the patient to announce their arrival in clinic and discretely enter personal data; Internet Booking to empower patients with time-saving, secure appointment management; Lab Communications for fast and secure ways to order laboratory tests and receive results and Collect for collecting patient data using mobile devices within an outreach environment.</p> Press Releases |
The consequences of missing medical equipment When was the last time you were in a rush but got delayed because you just couldn't find your keys no matter where you looked? Imagine the pressure if it were a medical device instead of keys - vital for the treatment of a critical patient. 31/05/2016 /media/1703/hospital-ward-beds_1.jpg The consequences of missing medical equipment <p><em>by Robertus Oosterwijk, Marketing Executive</em></p> <p>When was the last time you were in a rush but got delayed because you just couldn't find your keys no matter where you looked? Imagine the pressure if it were a medical device instead of keys - vital for the treatment of a critical patient.</p> <p>When it comes to simply keeping and maintaining their clinical equipment, hospitals on average are disconcertingly inefficient. Reports of equipment not being returned to their stations are numerous, with equipment shortages resulting in delayed treatment or even discharge. Consequently clinical staff spend considerable time and effort searching for missing devices. A study commissioned by The Nursing Times together with GS1 UK reported that nursing staff spend up to two hours in every eight-hour shift searching for equipment – time they would otherwise spend caring for their patients.</p> <p>If 25% of nursing time is spent searching for equipment, not only does it have a negative effect on the patient experience, it is also very costly given that this figure equates to approximately 125,000 nurses effectively spending all of their time looking for things. Moreover, missing equipment leads to substantial and unnecessary re-procurement costs.</p> <p>A particular NHS trust reported that 15% of its known critical assets (with a value of £22 million) had been reported lost over the last five years. During the time of reporting they only had<strong> </strong>6% of equipment being returned to their device library and estimated that the cost of replacing their entire missing inventory would be<strong> </strong>more than £140 million.  </p> <p>What is causing all this equipment to disappear? Simply put, in the day-to-day activities of a hospital, items end up being mislaid, not getting properly checked-in, accidentally taken home by patients or otherwise stolen. Lack of proper asset management will easily lead to critical inventory leaving trust sites and becoming unavailable for further patient care. With the total cost of wasted resources estimated to cost the NHS in excess of £2 billion<a href="http://www.digitalhealth.net/news/25798/nurses-say-technology-can-cut-lost-time"></a> and the cost to patient care unquantifiable, this approach is unsustainable.</p> <h2><strong>Asset tracking</strong></h2> <p>A simple cost-effective solution does not only exist, it is already established in some of the UK’s leading trusts. The same trust mentioned earlier had the amount of returned devices<strong> </strong>increase to 45% once they had implemented RFID asset tracking. Tracking systems like <a data-udi="umb://document/155a77e5882d4d7e839194efbefc748a" href="/solutions/ifit-hospital-management/iassets-assets-logistics-management/" title="Assets Logistics Management">iFIT™</a> operate by attaching a hybrid of passive and active GS1 tags as well as the latest beacon technology on items to track their location throughout a hospital site.</p> <p>Implemented RFID tracking instantly improves quality of care by having the right medical device at the right place at the right time without wasting any nursing resources. The effort required to locate devices for scheduled maintenance, alerts or product recalls is vastly reduced. It also facilitates greater device utilisation (reflected in the increased movement).  Many assets such as incubators and pumps are underutilised and spend more time in storage waiting for cleaning or calibration than actually being used. Whereas previously no one had had an overview of where assets were and what they were doing, thanks to RFID greater value can now be obtained from the investment made into each device.</p> <p>Changes like these are why in his interim and final reports published this year, Lord Carter stated the importance of implementing GS1 barcoding standards in order to drive efficiencies in inventory procurement, operations and patient care in the NHS:</p> <blockquote><em>"Very few trusts are able to demonstrate even a basic level of control or visibility over total inventory or purchase order compliance that is common practice in other health systems and industrial sectors such as retail...To truly performance manage quality and efficiency on a regular basis, seamless real-time data is needed, which in turn requires investment in inter-operable information technology.”</em></blockquote> <p>He understands, as many other trusts should, that the barriers to progress are minimal and the time to act is now.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Want to know more about RFID Asset tracking? Get to know more about iFIT</em>™<em> and iAssets – visit the</em><em> </em><em><a href="https://health.idoxgroup.com/products/hospital-management/ifit"></a><a data-udi="umb://document/155a77e5882d4d7e839194efbefc748a" href="/solutions/ifit-hospital-management/iassets-assets-logistics-management/" title="Assets Logistics Management">page</a></em><em> </em><em>to learn more.</em></p> Blog |
Improved technology leads to safer care for HIV positive patients HIV services in the UK are constantly under pressure to drive up quality and cut costs. Advancements in technology can help make these goals become a reality. 12/05/2016 /media/1704/hiv_1.jpg Improved technology leads to safer care for HIV positive patients <p><em>by Joanne Shrimpton, Marketing Executive</em></p> <p>HIV services in the UK are constantly under pressure to drive up quality and cut costs.  Advancements in technology can help make these goals become a reality. </p> <p>Development in technology seems to leap forward on a monthly basis, as do the advances in HIV treatment which has accomplished amazing things. Today, people living with HIV can - with the right medication and care - expect to live just as long as their HIV negative peers.  Dr Max Pemberton has commented “As a doctor I can tell you that, medically speaking, I’d rather have HIV than diabetes”.  Having HIV is no longer a death sentence but a manageable long term condition where HIV-positive individuals can now expect to live as long as an uninfected person.  “It’s now incredibly rare to die as a result of HIV/Aids in this country. The most recent statistics show that in 2012, less than 1 per cent of people with HIV died.” he said.  With this ageing HIV-positive population the number of patients will increase just by the fact that there will be more people living longer with the disease.  Patients will therefore need medication longer; they will need to be monitored to ensure that no other health issues cause them unnecessary illness, plus their adherence to taking their medication will need to be monitored. To do this effectively a specialised Electronic Patient Record (EPR) is needed otherwise the patient’s paper record will end up being the size of a small car and vital pieces of important information can be lost at the bottom of those notes!</p> <p>Climate-HIV is a unique software in the field of HIV care. Unlike previous Genitourinary (GU) systems, which have an HIV module as an after-thought, Climate-HIV is dedicated to HIV patient-centric care via a multi-disciplinary clinical team and is a fully comprehensive specialised electronic patient care record (EPR) for HIV medicine. Following an extensive and fruitless search for computer software designed specifically for the treatment of HIV positive patients, Dr Achim Schwenk, Clinical Director for Speciality Medicine at North Middlesex University Hospital, designed Climate-HIV (<strong>CL</strong>inical<span> </span><strong>I</strong>nformation<span> </span><strong>M</strong>anagement for<span> </span><strong>A</strong>udit,<span> </span><strong>T</strong>reatment and<span> </span><strong>E</strong>xcellence in<span> </span><strong>HIV</strong><span> </span>Care) and asked 6PM to help build it into the robust software solution it is today. </p> <p>From a patient safety aspect not only does Climate–HIV monitor the patient encounters with their doctor but it makes it safer to prescribe care, can also write clinical letters and code diagnoses. This saves the healthcare professionals time and allows them to spend quality time with their patient.  Dr Immy Ahmed, Head of Sexual Health Services at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust said<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NuKilc8AOs" target="_blank">Climate-HIV can help you manage patients more pro-actively and safely as the software can show you trends in the test results before the patient beings to feel unwell</a>.</p> <p>From the management side, Climate-HIV provides the efficiencies required to meet the everyday pressures on the NHS.  The software can provide all the medication and financial information for a patient’s treatment plan e.g. any duplication of prescriptions which could increase costs, prediction of run-out times, assistance for pharmacists and business managers to monitor, control and forecast the usage and costs of drugs from a daily basis to annual requirements.  All audit and quality measures are incorporated automatically to ensure improvement of the service throughout the care pathway. This includes the automatic creation of the HARS dataset which will be mandatory for services commissioned by NHS England and Public Health England, ensuring that the HIV services are paid for the work they have done (payment by results PbR). </p> <p>Let’s make patient safety our primary goal with two great bonuses - HIV services which are more efficient whilst slashing expenditure on drugs. </p> Blog |
iFIT™ to Track Health Records at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) in Wales has selected 6PM to supply and implement its iFIT™ hospital tracking system. It will be the first instance of iFIT™ being implemented in Wales. 26/04/2016 /media/1705/idox-so-visual-014-gun-library-records-tracking.jpg iFIT™ to Track Health Records at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board <p>Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) in Wales has selected 6PM to supply and implement its iFIT™ hospital tracking system. It will be the first instance of iFIT™ being implemented in Wales.</p> <p>Through the use of the Welsh Government Efficiencies Through Technology Fund (ETTF), the iFIT™ (Intelligent File and Inventory Tracking) platform for casenotes will be piloted within the Wrexham Maelor Hospital with a view to rolling this technology across the remaining BCUHB sites. This technology will significantly improve the way the organisation files and tracks patient casenotes, underpinning the delivery of the Electronic Patient Record.</p> <p>Using the iFIT™ software, the Health Records libraries will move from the time consuming practice of filing by sequential number, to filing wherever there is free space in their racking – releasing up to 80% of filing time to be utilised in other key areas of work and making casenotes more accessible for all.</p> <p>RFID fixed readers installed at key entrance and exit points throughout the hospital site will enable the Health Records team to pinpoint a tagged set of casenotes as they are moved around. In addition, handheld RFID ‘guns’ will allow staff to find a tagged set of notes in any library or hospital location, improving the search capabilities and reducing the number of temporary records created.</p> <p>With improved functionality for the printing of clinic lists, reporting and ad-hoc requesting, the Health Records Service will streamline and standardise processes within its team and across the organisation. </p> <p>Beyond the scope of paper records once the RFID network is set up, BCUHB has the opportunity to utilise iFIT™ to track assets such as portable scanners and specialist beds. It can also be used to track people to; monitor skill mix on Wards, locate key staff for emergencies, and improve patient safety through knowing their location in the hospital. This will provide further cost efficiencies, improve the service provided to the patient and reduce clinical risk.</p> <p>A spokeswoman for the health board said: “To assist clinical colleagues in their delivery of care to patients, we are committed to providing the right record, to the right place, at the right time. We need to improve the management of the paper casenotes so that we can drive the change towards the Electronic Patient Record – the iFIT tracking solution is key in this transformation journey”.</p> <p>Steve Wightman, Deputy CEO at 6PM said: “It is very exciting to be rolling out iFIT to the first site in Wales. This is a very forward thinking and proactive organisation that no doubt will exploit iFIT to its full potential in due course.”</p> Press Releases |
First Scottish iFIT™ installation to be rolled out in Tayside 6PM is pleased to announce the signing on of NHS Tayside to invest in 6PM’s intelligent File and Inventory Tracking (iFIT™) system. 19/04/2016 /media/1706/nhs-tayside_2.jpg First Scottish iFIT™ installation to be rolled out in Tayside <p>6PM is pleased to announce the signing on of NHS Tayside to invest in 6PM’s intelligent File and Inventory Tracking (iFIT™) system.</p> <p>Tayside has chosen to deploy and use the RFID supported tracking system to better manage their Health Records services within the Angus, Perth and Kinross and City of Dundee areas. It will be the first Health Board in Scotland to do so. By installing RFID readers in each site’s records libraries and key entrance and exit points, it will be made possible for records staff to track and locate tagged health records as they move around the buildings, reducing occurrences of missing records. The tracking process will be further supported by handheld ‘RFID guns’ that can locate sought-after items from a range of 5 feet, significantly improving the speed and ease with which missing items can be traced without disturbing the occupants of areas being searched.</p> <p>The solution will also involve a redesign in the way that Tayside files its records. With iFIT™ all locations are assigned GLN location codes, providing immediate GS1 barcode standard compliance and introducing location based filing; a filing system which will improve filing efficiency by eliminating pre-sorting and other manual tracking activities. This redesign will offer immediate efficiency savings in tracking, pulling, re-filing, auditing and staffing expenditures as well as assisting the Health Board meet NHS directives.</p> <p>6PM believes that it is essential to have health records in a known and visible state so that informed decisions can be made about how records should be dealt with, including conforming to retention policies and national guidelines. iFIT™ will work seamlessly alongside Tayside’s Intersystem TrackCare EPR (when it is introduced in 2017) and will provide a platform for managing a future scanning and EDM program, in addition to significantly contributing to the building of Tayside’s GS1 roadmap.</p> <p>By incorporating a full review of operational and day-to-day business processes within Health Records, NHS Tayside will improve their dedication to patient care and safety, and realise quality and cost avoidance savings.  In the future, the solution will also permit the Health Board to utilise iFIT™ to track medical devices, beds, wheelchairs, samples – anything that moves. This will provide further cost efficiencies, improve the service provided to the patient and reduce clinical risk.</p> <p>Stuart Keys, Clinical Services Manager at NHS Tayside said “NHS Tayside’s Health Records staff take a great pride in the service they deliver, providing health records for patients admitted to hospitals in emergencies and for more than half a million planned appointments each year. “We look forward to realising the potential time and space savings that will be made with iFIT.”</p> <p>6PM’s Deputy CEO Steve Wightman said “The iFIT platform will undoubtedly transform the way Medical Records operates within the Hospital.  More importantly, it will provide them the basis for a GS1 compliant enterprise wide Logistics Management platform to manage anything that moves more effectively.”</p> Press Releases |
High-quality data transforms the way clinicians work Digitisation of healthcare is moving apace and the appetite for high-quality clinical information in the National Health Service (NHS) has never been higher. The current set of reforms is entirely predicated on the availability of good quality, timely information to manage and commission effectively. 06/04/2016 /media/1707/hospital-doctor-tablet.jpg High-quality data transforms the way clinicians work <p><em>by Rodianne Degabriele Ferriggi, Marketing Executive</em></p> <p>Digitisation of healthcare is moving apace and the appetite for high-quality clinical information in the National Health Service (NHS) has never been higher. The current set of reforms is entirely predicated on the availability of good quality, timely information to manage and commission effectively.</p> <p>Managing the daily tasks as a clinician is not an easy task. Knowing that everyday is definitely not going to be the same, clinicians are in need of help when it comes to controlling processes and managing huge amounts of patients’ data. A fully digital system would let them focus on providing the best patient care possible, where the same data is used through linkage to the<span> </span><a href="https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare"></a>Office for National Statistics to monitor hospital mortality by the calculation of the Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio augmented by the Standardised Hospital Mortality Index. The success of the outcomes framework requires good-quality data.</p> <p>A&amp;E must be a central component of this. Better data can help hospitals tackle key issues and start to unblock some of the wider issues affecting the health service. The four-hour waiting time standard can also be tackled with the right data available straight away. Other main functional areas that can benefit from such technology include Inpatients and Outpatients, Waiting Lists and also Radiology, Pathology, Critical Care and Maternity.</p> <p>Having access to secure, fast and reliable results based on higher quality data can reap huge benefits for hospitals using the best data management and processing engine. Some benefits include; better patient care achieved by improved record keeping and accessibility to vital information, improved clinical governance, lower administration costs, reduction in storage costs for not having useless information, increase in floor space availability, faster audit and financial reporting performance.</p> <p>The issuing of reports available within the same systems will also cover various areas in demand across the NHS, covering monthly statutory returns and other operational reports. The NHS transformation envisaged over the next few years needs to be predicated on accurate information. It is data that will provide the required information for evidence-based change.</p> <p>About CareSolutions™:</p> <p>CareSolutions™ is a powerful data management and processing engine to enhance your information management environment. The solution is the perfect package for any Trust requiring a simple but effective means to achieve fast and reliable results focusing on data quality and integrity. Our solution consists of a powerful data management engine with extensive data quality applied to the data in its path from beginning to end. The end result is instantly accessible and reliable data available for the executive team and information and business analysts to report on.</p> Blog |
East Sussex Healthcare now on track with iFIT™ East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is now live with iFIT, 6PM’s solution for healthcare logistics management. iFIT was selected by East Sussex as it was seen as essential to the provision of a fit for purpose Health Records department prior to launching their planned 2016 move towards a full electronic patient record. The Trust will have full paper records inventory, under full control and rationalisation, identifying all records, temporary files, volumes and duplicates and where they are all located. 03/03/2016 /media/1708/east-sussex-healthcare-nhs-foundation-trust_eastbourne-district-general-hospital.jpg East Sussex Healthcare now on track with iFIT™ <p>East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is now live with iFIT, 6PM’s solution for healthcare logistics management. iFIT was selected by East Sussex as it was seen as essential to the provision of a fit for purpose Health Records department prior to launching their planned 2016 move towards a full electronic patient record. The Trust will have full paper records inventory, under full control and rationalisation, identifying all records, temporary files, volumes and duplicates and where they are all located. This is seen as an essential pre-cursor to the digitisation process. All location barcodes printed from iFIT are GS1 compliant, with the Trust’s unique GS1 prefix. iFIT will deliver the information governance and GS1 compliance that will complement the Trust’s overall EDM strategy both operationally and financially. </p> <p>Through a rolling programme that started in August 2015 all active health records will be tagged with a radio frequency (RFID) tag. This rolling programme will eliminate the historical issue of separate filing systems from the previously merged Trusts and make filing of records easier as they no longer need pre-sorting and can be placed directly back on the shelf in any order and tracked to the shelf location barcode.</p> <p>With iFIT, the tracking process across the Trust will be further supported by electronic hand held ‘RFID guns’ - devices that can locate individual misplaced files immediately within a 360 degrees radius and a 5 foot reach without disturbing the area occupants. This will improve the speed and efficiency to hunt down files needed for future appointments. In addition there are sensors located in key areas around Eastbourne District and Conquest Hospital sites, to automatically track the movement of health records, in real time, as they move around the estate and between the locations. The improved case note tracking has resulted in a reduction in missing notes, cancelled OP and IP appointments, leading to an improved patient experience. </p> <p>Janice Horton-Wood, the Health Records and Administration Manager at East Sussex Healthcare said, “We are already seeing a significant improvement in the way health records are managed. Filing and retrieval is quick and accurate. More users are tracking records which will only enhance the safety of our patients and the support from the 6PM team whilst in the transitional period, has been exceptional.”</p> <p>iFIT will assist the Trust in mitigating against health and safety issues within the Health Records Department. Steve Wightman, Deputy CEO of 6PM plc commented: “The implementation of iFIT has been a seamless one thanks to the dedication of both teams. iFIT will now provide the right environment and stepping stone for the Trust to make the transition to their strategic aspirations of a full digital health record in a timely and cost effective manner.”</p> Press Releases |
“Doing it yourself” in a sexual health clinic Visiting a sexual health clinic can sometimes be a daunting and embarrassing experience for patients, especially if the appointment involves having to answer questions about your sex life! Touch screens can save this embarrassment as they replace the need to register at reception and answer those often humiliating questions aloud to the clinic reception staff in front of other people in the waiting room, allowing you to be completely honest and open about your reason to visit the clinic. Hence why 6PM has developed Lilie Touch, a touchscreen module that works alongside the Lilie system which improves the patient experience as well as reduces work load on services. 02/03/2016 /media/1709/lillie01-clinic-waiting-room.jpg “Doing it yourself” in a sexual health clinic <p><em>by Jordan Arkell, Clinical Products Sales Executive</em></p> <p>Visiting a sexual health clinic can sometimes be a daunting and embarrassing experience for patients, especially if the appointment involves having to answer questions about your sex life! Touch screens can save this embarrassment as they replace the need to register at reception and answer those often humiliating questions aloud to the clinic reception staff in front of other people in the waiting room, allowing you to be completely honest and open about your reason to visit the clinic. Hence why 6PM has developed<span> </span><a data-udi="umb://document/e36e6abe19254d74a677a64988297165" href="/solutions/lilie-sexual-health-management-old/" title="Sexual Health Management">Lilie Touch</a>, a touchscreen module that works alongside the Lilie system which improves the patient experience as well as reduces work load on services.</p> <p><strong>How do touch screens speed up the patient flow through clinic?</strong></p> <p>Lilie Touch can ask sensitive questions, such a ‘How many sexual partners have you had in the last 3 months?’ and ‘How many times have you had unprotected sex?’ etc. Consequently reducing embarrassment for the patient and ultimately providing more honest answers than if they were asked directly by a clinician. As a result, the level of treatment the patient receives is of a higher standard and clinicians can ensure that time spent together is qualitative and centred around the questions/answers that they provide on the touchscreen. All information input onto the Lilie Touch software is securely uploaded into Lilie and logged against the patient. By asking the questions before the appointment, this could severely reduce the time spent in consultation and as a result, ensure that services can see and treat more patients.</p> <p>As well as encouraging patients to answer sensitive questions accurately, the system can also be used to assist with busy clinics. Lilie Touch allows patients to self-register their arrival in clinic for pre-booked appointments, manage large numbers of walk ins as well as creating records for new patients. This reduces transcription errors and saves time for reception staff having to input this data into the Lilie system manually.</p> <p>Overall, the Lilie Touch module is another useful and innovative module complimenting the Lilie suite; and is used to encourage patient centric care and aid busy clinics, saving both money and time.</p> Blog |
iFIT advances into Scotland Since iFIT™ was first adopted by an NHS trust in 2013 several more trusts across England have joined in embracing 6PM's modern logistics management technology and are currently using it to track and manage their health records and hospital assets. Today, 6PM is pleased to announce the signing on of its first Scottish NHS client for iFIT™ records tracking. 25/02/2016 /media/1711/idox-sovisual-076-gun-records.jpg iFIT advances into Scotland <p>Since iFIT™ was first adopted by an NHS trust in 2013 several more trusts across England have joined in embracing 6PM's modern logistics management technology and are currently using it to track and manage their health records and hospital assets. Today, 6PM is pleased to announce the signing on of its first Scottish NHS client for iFIT™ records tracking.</p> <p>The location-information and efficiencies that iFIT™ will provide will result in significant improvements in patient services, patient safety and information governance compliance; whilst at the same time delivering important targets for NHS cost improvement programmes. It will also be the first site in Scotland to become GS1 compliant within Health Records</p> <p>Furthermore, the RFID network that shall be put in place within these regional hospitals will permit the health board to later utilise iFIT™ to track medical devices, beds, wheelchairs, samples – anything that moves. This will provide further cost efficiencies, improve the service provided to the patient and reduce clinical risk.</p> Press Releases |
Understanding a stroke patient’s journey Stroke occurs approximately 152,000 times a year in the UK; that is one every 3 minutes 27 seconds. Stroke remains the largest cause of complex disability and the fourth most common cause of death. 23/02/2016 /media/1710/strokepad-brain-graphic.jpg Understanding a stroke patient’s journey <p><em>by Antonella Cachia, Marketing Executive</em></p> <p>Stroke occurs approximately 152,000 times a year in the UK; that is one every 3 minutes 27 seconds. Stroke remains the largest cause of complex disability and the fourth most common cause of death.</p> <p><strong>Is technology assisting stroke care?</strong></p> <p>New technology development, backed by the latest research has made a significant contribution to the standard of care in hospitals and the community. This in turn is having a positive impact on patient survival. According to the Stroke Association, the number of stroke-related deaths has decreased by more than 40 per cent in 20 years. Today, the patient’s journey from diagnosis to treatment and after-care is significantly more complex than it was in the 1990s. It includes a number of distinct steps, each one of which aims to optimise both treatment and patient experience.</p> <p>An important advantage is that the quality of care delivered can be monitored and evaluated at each step so changes can be made to achieve best practice where they are most needed.</p> <p><strong>Stroke patient’s journey</strong></p> <p>Looking at a stroke patient’s journey as a pathway enables for a better understanding of the condition from onset to rehabilitation and recovery. Let us embark on this journey together and divide the process into simple steps:</p> <p><strong>Step 1 – Case assessment upon admission to A&amp;E </strong></p> <p>Upon a suspected stroke, the patient will be admitted to accident and emergency. Medical staff will want to know as much as possible about the symptoms, and will carry out assessments to find out whether you do have the condition and what might have caused it. Your blood pressure will be taken immediately as well as blood tests to measure the sugar and cholesterol levels, and how quickly your blood clots.</p> <p><strong>Step 2 – Scanning</strong></p> <p>The patient should receive a brain scan within 24 hours of the appearance of the symptoms. According to the SSNAP report, 19% of hospitals scan within 45 minutes of admission. The scan will help determine where in your brain the stroke happened and weather this was caused by a blood clot (ischaemic stroke) or by bleeding (haemorrhagic stroke).</p> <p><strong>Step 3 – Thrombolysis</strong></p> <p>If it has been confirmed, through a scan that the patient has a blood clot (ischaemic stroke)  as the cause of their stoke which according to the SSNAP report accounts to 88% of patients , a medication that helps break up clots, to restore blood flow to the brain is given. This treatment is called thrombolysis and it must be administered within the four-and-a-half hours from the onset of symptoms to be effective. </p> <p><strong>Step 4 – Stroke Unit</strong></p> <p>Following the initial assessment, the patient will be transferred to a stroke unit – a centre specialised in the management of the first 72 hours of care. This is crucial to good outcomes. Research shows that patients who are looked after in a dedicated stroke unit have a reduced risk of disability and mortality and are more likely to be living at home one year after the stroke.</p> <p><strong>Step 5 – Specialist assessments and therapies </strong></p> <p>Within 4 hours of admission to the stroke unit, patients will be assessed by a stroke consultant and several X-ray images are taken. In addition, patients are seen by an occupational therapist because in 80% of the cases stroke patients require occupational therapy. This therapy improves the chances of returning to independent living. Another essential component of stroke rehabilitation is physiotherapy as a stroke can damage brain regions that control movement, causing weakness or paralysis, usually on one side of the body. At times, speech and language therapy is required after a stroke experience.</p> <p><strong>Step 6 – Discharge Process</strong></p> <p>The recovery process from a stroke is rarely complete when it’s time to leave hospital. It usually continues for several months, either at home or in long-term facility after discharge. Hence, before the patient leaves hospital, the stroke team will prepare a discharge plan. The aim of this letter is to ensure that the individual will continue to receive the treatment and support required.</p> <p>There is no hiding about the fact that stroke units operate in a highly time-pressured environment which makes it even harder to capture precise stroke data within the strict thrombolysis four and a half hour time frame.</p> <p><em><strong>“StrokePad™ is a comprehensive digital patient record, for patients with acute stroke. It’s a tablet based system, which means that it is fully mobile and it allows any member of the clinical team to enter data at any point in the process of clinical care. It saves time, because of the various features that the system has, it allows us to automate various administrative tasks, so as to make everything faster and simpler for the user, while maintain the quality of the patient data that is recorded”.</strong></em> Dr Parashkev Nachev, Honorary Consultant, Neurologist</p> <p><a data-udi="umb://document/59f20938588040a6bdfa399c38f686db" href="#" title="Stroke Management">StrokePad</a><span> </span>is the only mobile EPR solution for stroke treatment in the UK that has the ability to encompass the entire management pathway from admission to discharge, by collecting comprehensive real-time data at the point of care with zero administrative overhead.</p> <p>Visit the<span> </span><a data-udi="umb://document/59f20938588040a6bdfa399c38f686db" href="#" title="Stroke Management">solutions page</a><span> </span>to learn more about StrokePad and check out the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtOKAEa4ydQ" target="_blank">latest testimonial video</a>.</p> Blog |
StrokePad™ by 6PM helping in the management of stroke patients at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust StrokePad, a tablet-based clinical record for stroke patients, is being introduced on the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH). 04/02/2016 /media/1712/strokepad-55.jpg StrokePad™ by 6PM helping in the management of stroke patients at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust <p>StrokePad, a tablet-based clinical record for stroke patients, is being introduced on the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH).</p> <p>StrokePad is a comprehensive, real-time, point-of-care, digital clinical record developed to address all stroke assessment needs throughout the care pathway. It is a joint venture between UCLH and 6PM with the required design and build being undertaken in conjunction with the clinicians of University College Hospital Hyper Acute Stroke Unit and the Institute of Neurology, UCL. The development of StrokePad has also been supported by awards provided by the North Central London Cardiovascular and Stroke Network and the UCL Biomedical Research Centre. It helps to manage the entire stroke pathway from admission to discharge, including each activity of the assessment, so clinicians can focus on patient care and outcomes.  This comprehensive digital record helps to remove duplication, ensures excellent data quality, and produces reports against all local, network, and national statutory requirements e.g. SSNAP. These up-to-date reports ensure that the stroke service is able to recover all fees associated with stroke care.</p> <p>Ivan Bartolo, CEO at 6PM said: “The system is beneficial for clinicians, and can help to save time and money. It not only makes the data gathering process transparent to the clinical pathway, but also automates clinical administrative tasks that clinicians currently have to do unassisted, such as generating discharge summaries.”</p> <p>“At the Stroke Service, as in other hospitals, we have relatively senior clinicians spending a large proportion of their time writing discharge summaries. This is a substantial burden on manpower as it can average one full-time position per day. We have introduced algorithms in StrokePad that summarise the information and generate the discharge summary automatically. It greatly accelerates the discharge process as the clinician only has to fill out a single screen related to functional status and recommendations.  Patients can now be discharged during ward rounds, directly supervised by the consultant, reducing the risk of errors and saving clinician time,” commented Dr Parashkev Nachev, Honorary Consultant Neurologist at UCLH.</p> <p>Dr Simister is the UCLH Comprehensive Stroke Service Lead and one of three stroke clinicians who have worked together with 6PM to design StrokePad. Dr Simister is looking forward to the full introduction of StrokePad on the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit and believes that StrokePad will generate a huge change in working practices in the stroke service. He says “StrokePad is transforming our service by reducing the burden of unnecessary administration and data collection tasks for clinical staff and by making our data immediately accessible and available to us to drive forward our quality improvement programme.”</p> Press Releases |
Booking sexual health appointments online - happier patients and lighter staff workload! It is no secret that the internet continues to increasingly play a vital part in our lives ensuring that we remain connected at all times and generally making day-to-day life more simple and hassle free. Given that most people in the UK now have an internet connection at home or have smartphones and tablets, accessing the internet has never been easier and people can govern all aspects of their life from the comfort of their sofa. So why not provide them with the ability to book their sexual health appointment via the internet? 25/01/2016 /media/1713/lilie-booking-online-woman-laptop.jpg Booking sexual health appointments online - happier patients and lighter staff workload! <p><em><br />by Jordan Arkell, Clinical Products Sales Executive</em></p> <p>It is no secret that the internet continues to increasingly play a vital part in our lives ensuring that we remain connected at all times and generally making day-to-day life more simple and hassle free. Given that most people in the UK now have an internet connection at home or have smartphones and tablets, accessing the internet has never been easier and people can govern all aspects of their life from the comfort of their sofa. So why not provide them with the ability to book their sexual health appointment via the internet?</p> <p>It seems to make perfect sense especially given that a person’s sex life is perhaps one of the most sensitive subjects to discuss and one does not tend to divulge any information freely especially if one is worried or unsure.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" data-udi="umb://document/e36e6abe19254d74a677a64988297165" href="/solutions/lilie-sexual-health-management-old/" target="_blank" title="Sexual Health Management">Lilie Online</a>, developed by 6PM is a bolt on application to the Lilie Sexual Health Management system used in Sexual Health Services throughout the UK. The application means that people can book appointments, via an online booking system, for both contraception and sexual health from the comfort of their own home; thus eradicating any embarrassment and promoting convenience when booking appointments.</p> <p> </p> <h2>How does booking their own appointments increase patient safety?</h2> <p>Patient safety is increased because patients are more likely to attend the appointment and be honest when answering delicate questions.  Booking appointments online can also provide users with information about sexual health clinics in the area as well as information on STI’s or contraception 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.</p> <p>The patient can select from a series of booking reasons that are configured by the sexual health services, for example ‘I wish to discuss contraception’ or ‘I think I may have an STI’ and this will then point them in the right direction as to where to book an appointment as opposed to having to research this themselves or book an appointment at a clinic that perhaps does not provide a specific treatment. In the background of Lilie, this is mapped to the relevant clinic so that patients are triaged based on what booking reason they selected. </p> <p>The user is presented with appointments within the next 48 hours or can select a date and time that is convenient for them, providing them an alternative route to treatment and in turn reducing the strain on reception staff accepting and in some cases, missing phone calls.  </p> <p> </p> <h2>How can patient-controlled appointment bookings save my staff’s time?</h2> <p>Reception staff are not answering the phone constantly and the patient can also input a small amount of demographic information that is uploaded securely into Lilie, meaning that reception staff aren’t having to input this data when the patient arrives, reducing chances of transcription errors and freeing them up to do other duties.</p> <p>If patients create a Lilie Online account, they also have the option to cancel appointments thus reducing ‘Did Not Attend’ (DNA) rates. To configure the system to suit each individual sexual health clinic is easy to do. Any information inputted onto the system can be edited easily and appointments available for booking online are allocated by the service. There are also a series of advanced security features, ensuring that the system remains fully confidential.</p> <p>Overall, the Lilie Online system aims to provide patients with an alternative, convenient route to treatment and in turn encourage patients to book appointments.</p> <p><em>For more information visit the <a data-udi="umb://document/e36e6abe19254d74a677a64988297165" href="/solutions/lilie-sexual-health-management-old/" title="Sexual Health Management">solutions page</a>.</em></p> Blog |
6PM acquires emCare 360 6PM plc a leader in health IT solutions has acquired its remaining shareholding in the electronic and mobile care provider, emCare360 Limited from CareMalta Group Limited. By virtue of this deed emCare360 has become a fully owned subsidiary of 6PM Holdings. 15/01/2016 /media/1714/emcare-logo-tagline.jpg 6PM acquires emCare 360 <p>6PM plc a leader in health IT solutions has acquired its remaining shareholding in the electronic and mobile care provider, emCare360 Limited from CareMalta Group Limited. By virtue of this deed emCare360 has become a fully owned subsidiary of 6PM Holdings.  </p> <p>Speaking about this acquisition 6PM CEO Ivan Bartolo said that “This acquisition was the next logical step in 6PM’s strategic growth plan. emCare is a healthcare technology company and it made sense for 6PM to acquire the remaining 50% shares previously owned by CareMalta.”</p> <p>Mr Bartolo added that, “Following this acquisition, emCare will continue to offer its services in Malta to both the consumer and business sectors which are mainly Telecare users and CareMalta. Furthermore, 6PM will now have a third product line as emCare products will be marketed in the UK under the 6PM brand name. Through the full ownership of this company, 6PM will continue to enhance its strategy to focus on health solutions as part of its drive to revolutionize the health market in the 21<sup>st</sup><span> </span>Century.”</p> <p> emCare360 provides electronic and mobile care to individuals offering independence and peace of mind and to organisations offering accountability, efficiency and visibility through its solutions. All services and products are integrated with a central repository that enables emCare360 to manage an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) for and on behalf of its customers. emCare360 has been responsible for the Telecare Service in Malta in collaboration with GO plc since April 2013, servicing just under 10,000 households. emCare360 was also instrumental in the launching of the Telecareplus service which introduced the possibility of connecting a number of sensors to the service. Complementing the Telecare service, emCare360 has also introduced a Vital Signs Monitoring service and this is being implemented and adopted by care providers in Malta, Italy and the UK. emCare360 has also launched a mobile service which is the natural evolution of the traditional telecare service. With its portfolio emCare does not replace the human care element but complements it with technology.</p> Press Releases |
Homerton University Hospital improves its’ HIV Services with Climate-HIV 6PM is pleased to announce that its clinical product Climate-HIV is now also live at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Climate-HIV is a joint venture between 6PM and the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust. The product is a specialised Electronic Care Record (ECR) system for HIV medicine. 27/10/2015 /media/1715/homertonuniversityhospital-1.jpg Homerton University Hospital improves its’ HIV Services with Climate-HIV <p>6PM is pleased to announce that its clinical product Climate-HIV is now also live at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.</p> <p>Climate-HIV is a joint venture between 6PM and the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust. The product is a specialised Electronic Care Record (ECR) system for HIV medicine. Having all the patients’ data in an EPR provides all the clinical team with a fast access to patient data, helps educate the patient, reduces the administration time needed to write GP letters and referrals and records all the patient information in one place.</p> <p>Climate-HIV will help make Homerton University Hospital paper-light and is another step towards a complete electronic patient record. It will also help the Trust to become one of the HIV services fully compliant with the<span> </span><strong>H</strong>IV/<span> </span><strong>A</strong>IDS<span> </span><strong>R</strong>eporting<span> </span><strong>S</strong>ystem (HARS) dataset from Public Health England. All audit and conformance measures are incorporated automatically to ensure improvement of the service throughout the care pathway while including the HARS data-set mandated by Public Health England.</p> <p>“It is great to see yet another major HIV Centre go live with Climate-HIV and reap all the benefits that it has to offer” said Steve Wightman, Deputy CEO at 6PM.</p> Press Releases |
iFIT™ by 6PM awarded GS1 Certified Solution status 6PM’s iFIT™ solution has been certified by GS1 UK as capable of correctly and consistently implementing GS1 standards and associated best practice. 6PM will now be supporting Trusts across the UK in implementing the Department of Health’s eProcurement strategy mandate 13/10/2015 /media/1717/gs1_certified_solution.png iFIT™ by 6PM awarded GS1 Certified Solution status <p>6PM’s iFIT™ solution has been certified by GS1 UK as capable of correctly and consistently implementing GS1 standards and associated best practice. 6PM will now be supporting Trusts across the UK in implementing the Department of Health’s eProcurement strategy mandate <a rel="noopener" href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/344574/NHS_eProcurement_Strategy.pdf" target="_blank" title="">[1]</a>.</p> <p>iFIT supports hospitals via the use of modern logistics management technology to efficiently track and manage the records and assets processes throughout an organisation. Due to its component based implementation and multi-purpose functionality, iFIT™ can be used to track almost any item including assets, supplies, patients at risk, drugs, pathology specimens and more.</p> <p>Hospitals are under great pressure to reduce costs and gain efficiency in every department. The iFIT business proposition provides an immediate cash releasing opportunity in service overheads while providing a multi-use tracking platform; it can be deployed at departmental level and then extend its scope leading to an increase in savings as more departments embrace the solution.</p> <p>Ron Burdis, iFIT Business Unit Director at 6PM said: "6PM is a unique GS1 UK Member in that our iFIT solution has been certified for all six GS1 Identification Keys used within a Trust thus providing a common GS1 platform across the hospital to enable cost saving processes such as "Clinical Pathway Track and Trace" that will improve efficiency, clinical performance, the patient experience, patient care and patient safety."</p> <p>Jonathan Brown, Partner Programme Manager at GS1 UK commented: “6PM really understands the importance of supporting better value and care in the NHS. We are delighted that iFIT™ is now a GS1 UK certified solution. The Government’s<span> </span>eProcurement Strategy<span> </span>requires the adoption of our standards throughout the NHS, providing a common language for identifying, locating, moving and trading medical supplies and assets. We look forward to working closely with 6PM as part of our drive to help Trusts achieve world class supply chain operations.”</p> <p><strong>About GS1 UK</strong></p> <p>GS1 UK is a community of over 28,000 members working in retail, foodservice, healthcare and more. GS1 UK is one of 112 independent, not-for-profit GS1 organisations operating across 150 countries worldwide. GS1 UK helps everyone involved in making, moving and trading goods, automate and standardise their supply chain processes using the common language of GS1 global standards.</p> <p>GS1 standards are at the heart of the NHS drive to make UK healthcare safer and more efficient. These standards enable you to identify, capture and share information using consistent data – whether it relates to pharmaceutical products, medical supplies or patient records. Speaking the same language throughout the healthcare industry, from manufacture and distribution through to hospital wards, cuts errors, reduces costs and boosts efficiency. The result? Better, safer care for the patient.</p> Press Releases |
Digital Health interview: Sir Jonathan Michael The long-time health IT advocate has retired from the NHS and joined 6PM as its chief medical officer. He reflects on his career in health care with Digital Health news editor Rebecca McBeth. Read more. 13/10/2015 /media/1719/sirjonathanmichael_2.jpg Digital Health interview: Sir Jonathan Michael <p><span>The long-time health IT advocate has retired from the NHS and joined 6PM as its chief medical officer. He reflects on his career in health care with Digital Health news editor Rebecca McBeth. Read more here <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.digitalhealth.net/2015/10/digital-health-interview-sir-jonathan-michael/" target="_blank">https://www.digitalhealth.net/2015/10/digital-health-interview-sir-jonathan-michael/</a>. </span></p>
Time lost is a brain lost! A stroke is a serious, life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Strokes are a medical emergency and it is critical that you get treatment right away to minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and prevent death. To reduce impact on stroke patients, clinicians need accurate data which allows them to ACT, ACCESS and TAKE DECISIONS on the move. 11/09/2015 /media/1718/strokepad-brain-graphic_2.jpg Time lost is a brain lost! <p><em>by Antonella Cachia, Marketing Executive</em></p> <p><strong>An overview of stroke, as a major problem in the UK.</strong></p> <p>A stroke is a serious, life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Strokes are a medical emergency and it is critical that you get treatment right away to minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and prevent death. To reduce impact on stroke patients, clinicians need accurate data which allows them to ACT, ACCESS and TAKE DECISIONS on the move.</p> <p><strong>Who is at risk?</strong></p> <p>According to the State of Nation, Stroke Statistics Reports published in January 2015 by the Stroke Association, stroke occurs approximately 152,000 times a year in the UK - that is one every 3 minutes 27 seconds. Stroke is the fourth single largest cause of death in the UK and currently second in the world. The brain injuries caused by strokes are a major cause of adult disability in the UK. Older people are most at risk of having strokes, although they can happen at any age – including children.</p> <p>Smoking, being overweight, lack of exercise and a poor diet are the main risk factors for stroke, as are high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation and diabetes.</p> <p class="spm-product-content__imagepull col-sm-6 pull-right"><img src="https://health.idoxgroup.com/content/blog/_blogEntry/Thrombolysis800x800.jpg?width=457&amp;height=457" alt="Thrombolysis800x800" width="457" height="457" /></p> <p><strong>How are stroke patients treated?</strong></p> <p>Treatment depends on the type of stroke you have, including which part of the brain was affected and what caused it - whether a stroke is caused by a blood clot obstructing the flow of blood to the brain (ischaemic stroke) or by bleeding in or around the brain (haemorrhagic stroke).</p> <p>Ischaemic strokes can often be treated using injections of a medication that dissolves blood clots and restores the flow of blood to the brain. This use of 'clot-busting' medication is known as thrombolysis.</p> <p>Patients treated with thrombolysis quicker have better outcomes. The use of thrombolysis is licensed up to 4.5 hours in the UK and 1.9 million neurons are lost every minute a stroke is untreated. For every 1,000 patients treated with thrombolysis within three hours, about 100 more will be alive and live independently than 1,000 patients not treated with thrombolysis.</p> <p><strong>How can technology assist better stroke treatment?</strong></p> <p>When a person is having a stroke, every second counts and can make a big difference between permanent damage or death and a full recovery. Immediate treatment can save people's lives and increase their chances for successful recovery. One of the potential approaches to increase treatment opportunities and improve stroke outcomes is to provide this treatment in a timelier manner after patient arrival. In fact,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" data-udi="umb://document/59f20938588040a6bdfa399c38f686db" href="#" target="_blank" title="Stroke Management">StrokePad</a><span> </span>is developed to speed-optimise records for thrombolysis patients as it imperceptibly acquires all relevant information with minimal impact on ‘door-to-needle’ time.</p> <p class="spm-product-content__imagepull col-sm-6 pull-right"><img src="https://health.idoxgroup.com/content/blog/2015/_blogEntry/doctor01.jpg?width=563&amp;height=376" alt="doctor01" width="563" height="376" /></p> <p> </p> <p>Currently most stroke units use a paper based form to record the myriad of information that needs to be captured during the strict thrombolysis four and a half hour time frame. StrokePad interface has been developed with top stroke clinicians to capture data electronically at any point in time throughout the patient care pathway reducing the risk of error and improving efficiency resulting in better outcomes for stroke patients.</p> <p> </p> <p>Although the stroke occurrences are high, you can still significantly reduce your risk of having a stroke through a healthy lifestyle, such as eating a healthy diet, taking regular exercise, drinking alcohol in moderation and stop smoking. However, if you or someone else is having a stroke, act<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nhs.uk/actfast/Pages/stroke.aspx" target="_blank">F.A.S.T.</a><span> </span>and call for help. With a stroke, time lost is a brain lost!</p> <p><img src="https://health.idoxgroup.com/content/blog/2015/_blogEntry/Act-Fast-Stroke-Richmond.png" alt="Act-Fast-Stroke-Richmond" /></p> <p><em>Are you ready to know more about the benefits of StrokePad? Visit the <a data-udi="umb://document/59f20938588040a6bdfa399c38f686db" href="#" title="Stroke Management">product page</a> to learn more.</em></p> Blog |
Sir Jonathan Michael joins 6PM Sir Jonathan Michael, a distinguished clinician and former chief executive of three NHS trusts is to be appointed as chief medical officer (CMO) of 6PM, a provider of clinical workflow, healthcare logistics and information management software solutions during October 2015. 08/09/2015 /media/1716/sirjonathanmichael.jpg Sir Jonathan Michael joins 6PM <p><strong>Established NHS chief executive and former clinician appointed<span> </span></strong><strong>chief medical officer at healthcare technology provider</strong></p> <p>Sir Jonathan Michael, a distinguished clinician and former chief executive of three NHS trusts is to be appointed as chief medical officer (CMO) of 6PM, a provider of clinical workflow, healthcare logistics and information management software solutions during October 2015.</p> <p>Sir Jonathan has had a long and varied career, working for many years as a consultant nephrologist before moving into hospital management. He has been chief executive of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.</p> <p>Sir Jonathan has always had a keen interest in the contribution IT can make to healthcare, and spent three years as managing director of BT Health before taking on his role at Oxford. He currently sits on the board of trustees for health and social care think tank, The King’s Fund <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/about-us/whos-who" target="_blank" title="">[1]</a>.</p> <p>As CMO for 6PM, Sir Jonathan will help to further develop the company’s existing portfolio of solutions, currently present in over 150 NHS trusts that support the NHS’ clinical quality and efficiency ambitions outlined in NHS England’s Five Year Forward View <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/5yfv-web.pdf" target="_blank" title="">[2]</a>.</p> <p>He said: “The future challenge is going to be to redesign the way we deliver healthcare so that it’s more focused on being responsive to what patients need. That means we need to be able to share information, not only within the health and social care system, but with patients.”</p> <p>He added that he chose to work with the company because of its ability to respond to those changing needs: “What I like about 6PM is it's an innovative, growing, yet flexible organisation – it's focused, it’s committed to a limited number of sectors, and it can develop and adjust things very quickly, so it is responsive and agile.”</p> <p>6PM’s portfolio of solutions include iFIT™, a multi-purpose tracking and business management solution, StrokePad™, a digital clinical record specifically designed for stroke patients, Climate–HIV, a specialised electronic patient record (EPR) system for HIV medicine, Lilie, the market-leading clinical management system for use by discrete or integrated sexual health and contraceptive and health services, ConCERT-D, an electronic patient record designed specifically for the treatment of dementia patients and CareSolutions™, a data management and processing engine.</p> <p>Ivan Bartolo, CEO of 6PM, said: “What makes Sir Jonathan unique is that, besides being a clinician, he is highly experienced in hospital management. So while he appreciates and understands and embraces the need for patient safety and quality care, he also understands with a high level of business acumen the importance of financial management within the hospital environment.”</p> <p>Sir Jonathan’s particular skills are an excellent match for 6PM’s vision, he added: “The appointment provides a marriage between our agility, our speed to market and his understanding of what is really needed by the health system to deliver business benefits.”</p> <p>The ability to understand and respond to customers’ needs is a crucial part of 6PM’s philosophy. Steve Wightman, deputy CEO of 6PM, said: “One of our strengths is our ability to see where people might be heading and then creating solutions so they're ready for them when they get there.”</p> <p>The company works with clinicians to identify their particular pain points, so that it can develop solutions that free them to concentrate their efforts on patients rather than on routine administrative tasks.</p> <p>An ageing population and increased patient expectations have put modern healthcare systems under increasing strain, and 6PM believes technology is crucial in helping the NHS meet those expectations while keeping costs down.</p> <p>Solutions are sharply focused on delivering tangible savings rather than soft savings. The company’s iFIT product, for example, which tracks and manages a trust’s records process, brings a return on investment within eight to 16 months.</p> <p>Sir Jonathan will be able to help 6PM deliver those savings even more effectively, said Wightman: “He really understands how a clinician needs to work on the ground, and he can also help us see from a level above that. He bridges the gap between what clinicians want and what the business wants.”</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Sir Jonathan Michael: A biography</strong></p> <p>Sir Jonathan qualified as a doctor at St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School. In 1980 he was appointed consultant physician and nephrologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and honorary senior lecturer at Birmingham University, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1985.</p> <p>In the 1990s, he moved into hospital management, first as clinical director, then medical director and finally chief executive of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust.</p> <p>In 2000 he took the post of chief executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Trust, which under his leadership became one of the first wave of foundation trusts in the NHS.</p> <p>Sir Jonathan was knighted in the New Year’s Honours in 2005 for services to the NHS and was elected Fellow of King’s College London in recognition of his contribution to the relationship between the health service and higher education.</p> <p>In 2007, Sir Jonathan became managing director of BT Health, before joining Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust as chief executive in 2010.</p> Press Releases |
6PM acquires Blithe Computer Systems 6PM plc a global leader in Healthcare IT Solutions has recently announced the acquisition of Blithe Computer Systems. 19/08/2015 /media/1720/6pm-blithe-logo.jpg 6PM acquires Blithe Computer Systems <p>6PM plc a global leader in Healthcare IT Solutions has recently announced the acquisition of Blithe Computer Systems.</p> <p>Blithe Computer Systems (Blithe) was set up in 1999. Blithe specialise in the provision of information systems and services for the healthcare sector. The company provides IT solutions for Sexual Health and Substance Misuse markets. Today Blithe is the market leading supplier of IT solutions to both the Sexual Health and Substance Misuse sectors, with over 700 installations throughout the United Kingdom.</p> <p>“The development and launch of innovative products from Blithe has been driven by a talented and dedicated team of professionals. We intend to keep the current structure in place and are committed to growing our business by continuing to deliver award winning solutions for our customers. Blithe will now operate under the name 6PM Blithe and will continue to support all of our Lilie Sexual Health Management System, Web Bomic Substance Misuse System, Poppie Drug and Alcohol Information System customers to the highest of expectations.</p> <p>This strategic acquisition will strengthen 6PM’s leadership in the IT Health solutions industry by providing customers with a portfolio of products that aim to improve the patients experience and keep the health service sustainable throughout the 21<sup>st</sup><span> </span>century,” said Ivan Bartolo, CEO, 6PM Group.</p> Press Releases |
3 Reasons why your hospital needs an RFID tracking system With the ability to accurately and efficiently track documents, RFID (radio frequency identification) has become an essential tool for hospital management. By placing RFID tags on valuable assets and setting up the proper site-wide sensory infrastructure hospital staff can successfully locate said assets saving immense amounts of time and effort. This simple augmentation is the bedrock upon which other practical benefits of RFID tracking are realised. 20/07/2015 /media/1721/rfid.jpg 3 Reasons why your hospital needs an RFID tracking system <p><em>by Robertus Oosterwijk, Marketing Executive.</em></p> <p>With the ability to accurately and efficiently track documents, RFID (radio frequency identification) has become an essential tool for hospital management. By placing RFID tags on valuable assets and setting up the proper site-wide sensory infrastructure hospital staff can successfully locate said assets saving immense amounts of time and effort. This simple augmentation is the bedrock upon which other practical benefits of RFID tracking are realised.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>1. Increased patient safety</strong></p> <p>Not being able to locate a patient’s health record can be a serious problem. It can cause dangerous delays to appointments and surgeries. Moreover, trying to recreate a patient’s missing health record can take hours of a doctor’s or nurse’s time and still leave risky gaps in the patient’s known medical history.</p> <p>RFID reduces the chances of accident and risk to patients as tagged paper health records are never lost, no matter where in the hospital they may be laying. By setting up RFID infrastructure and placing tags on valuable paperwork you can successfully locate files within minutes, optimising the patient experience.</p> <p>Not only can objects be tracked but people as well. A simple RFID bracelet and a sensor grid will allow hospitals to increase their service capacity by improving their patient throughput. Patient tracking can help caregivers work more efficiently by providing them with real time information on patients and updates about labs, orders and other notifications that are crucial to their workflow. More seriously, it can also prevent infant abduction and ensure that the correct patient receives the correct medication.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>2. Cost effective asset management</strong></p> <p>According to research conducted in 2014, nurses are spending less than two hours of a 12 hour shift attending to patients directly. They otherwise spend the rest of their shift searching for missing equipment, hunting for supplies and tracking down medications. A large part of increasing organisational efficiency is ensuring that each employee’s time is used in the most productive way. RFID enables this by having equipment scanned in and out of their respective wards and tracked on screen. Results from current iFIT use shows us that RFID reduces search activities by<span> </span>80%, saving millions of wasted hours with a single computer read-out, and reducing patient suffering by maximising the time nurses can spend at the bedside.</p> <p>This type of asset management is not only limited to hospital machinery, mattresses and wheelchairs but can also be extended to drugs and perishables that will expire or be used up. Using RFID to monitor medicine boxes and supply cabinets ensures that they are neither depleted nor overstocked but replaced exactly on time. An NHS spending report released in June of this year stated that,<span> </span><em>“by making better use of staff, using medicines more effectively and getting better value from the huge number of products the NHS buys, billions a year could be saved by 2020.”</em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><strong>3. Facilitate conversion to EHR</strong></p> <p>RFID can play a significant cost-cutting role as a precursor to electronic health record conversion. Having an RFID solution such as<span> </span><a href="https://health.idoxgroup.com/products/hospital-management/ifit">iFIT</a><span> </span>in place prior means that all documents are already digitally indexed and easily located resulting in a sped up and pragmatic scanning programme with less overheads.</p> <p>As a matter of fact a significant portion of the benefits of EHR – such as WTE and personnel savings, storage space savings, filing speed, document tracking, etc) are already achieved by RFID at a fraction of the cost and time. Additionally, contrary to what many believe, paper-based health records are not eliminated straight after the introduction of EHR. Many keep and update the hard copies as a matter of assurance.</p> <p> </p> <p>These 3 reasons are just a selection of the numerous benefits responsible for the growing popularity of RFID technology among companies. In terms of hospital and clinical settings there’s already at least one marketplace option that is ready and proven, iFIT being the example. With its ability to identify tagged case notes, persons and objects individually from meters away, iFIT can assist in reducing labour costs, optimising supply retrieval and longevity, equipment localization and protection, infant protection, and the overall improvement of the patient experience.</p> <p><em>Not sure where to start? Get to know more about the effectiveness of iFIT – visit the<span> </span>solutions page<span> </span>to learn more.</em></p> <p>References - http://www.wsj.com/ and https://www.theguardian.com/ </p> Blog |
Newcastle tracks paper notes The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has tagged about 250,000 paper patient records with tracking technology from 6PM Group. 22/06/2015 /media/1725/newcastleupontynehospitalsnhsfoundationtrust-files.jpg Newcastle tracks paper notes <p><em>by<span> </span></em><em>Thomas Meek, digitalhealth.net</em></p> <p>The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has tagged about 250,000 paper patient records with tracking technology from 6PM Group.</p> <p>The trust began using the company's File and Inventory Tracking solution in February this year in order to keep track of the 1.6 million files of case notes that are still contained in paper records in hospital libraries. </p> Press Releases |
U.K.'s Newcastle NHS Trust Adopts RFID to Help Track Patient Records The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust, in Northeastern England, is employing a combination of radio frequency identification and bar-coding technologies to manage hundreds of thousands of patient files. 12/06/2015 /media/1723/newcastleupontynehospitalsnhsfoundationtrust.jpg U.K.'s Newcastle NHS Trust Adopts RFID to Help Track Patient Records <p><em>by Claire Swedberg (published on rfidjournal.com - 10th June 2015)</em></p> <p>The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust, in Northeastern England, is employing a combination of radio frequency identification and bar-coding technologies to manage hundreds of thousands of patient files. The Intelligent File and Inventory Tracking (iFIT) solution, provided by 6PM Group, includes passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) EPC Gen 2 RFID tags affixed to files, fixed and handheld readers, and bar-coded labels attached to shelves in the hospital libraries. The iFIT solution, 6PM reports, improves overall staff efficiency and reduces the risk of losing a file entirely, while helping to improve safety by ensuring that the necessary paperwork can be located quickly in the event of a patient emergency.</p> <p>To read the full article please<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.rfidjournal.com/articles/view?13113" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> Press Releases |
Healthcare for the 21st Century Throughout the 21st century, clinicians, researchers and health care providers have invested significant time and effort to find ways of increasing life expectancy. These efforts have been truly successful as the world has witnessed life expectancy dramatically increase. 10/06/2015 /media/1724/stethoscope-notes.jpg Healthcare for the 21st Century <p><em>by Daphne Tabone, Marketing Director</em></p> <p>Throughout the 21<sup>st</sup><span> </span>century, clinicians, researchers and health care providers have invested significant time and effort to find ways of increasing life expectancy. These efforts have been truly successful as the world has witnessed life expectancy dramatically increase.</p> <p>In a recent report in The Telegraph, according to estimates published by the Office for National Statistics the average life expectancy for new born girls in the UK is on course to reach just under 97 years and four months within just over two decades. Baby boys born in 2037 will expect to live until 94 years and four months on average – with many living much longer. The projections, contained in a new report analysing the make-up of the British population, means that typical life expectancies would have increased by around a decade since the 1980s. It is also now predicted that average life female expectancy will reach the once unimaginable milestone of 100 in 2057.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Issues for the 21st century</strong></p> <p>As life expectancy increases all healthcare providers the world over have an increasing challenge to deliver high standards of services with spiralling healthcare costs. Take the case of Dementia; worldwide, 47.5 million people have dementia and there are 7.7 million new cases every year. This has a physical, psychological, social and economic impact on caregivers, families and society.</p> <p>Heart disease and stroke are among the nation’s leading causes of death and major causes of disability. In the next decades, these conditions can be expected to increase sharply as the new generation ages.</p> <p>Then there is the management of increasing patient health records including paper records tracking and document management. How can this be done effectively whilst saving on costs? The primary goal of technology and health care tools should be to facilitate access to patient documentation and records in the most efficient manner possible without losing the humanistic elements of the record that support ongoing relationships between patients and their physicians.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>IT Health Solutions</strong></p> <p>At 6PM our aim is to create innovative IT health solutions for the 21<sup>st</sup><span> </span>century. Our solutions improve the patient care pathway and provide an additional return on investment to healthcare providers by reducing cost and increasing workforce efficiencies. We team up with healthcare providers like the NHS and clinicians to build tomorrow’s health IT products. </p> <p>Reference - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/</p> Blog |
6PM’s Climate-HIV now live at Birmingham’s Heartlands Hospital 6PM’s Climate-HIV is now live at The HIV Service at Birmingham’s Heartlands Hospital, part of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. This healthcare ICT solution is being used for clinical management support of the Trust’s HIV care. 28/05/2015 /media/1726/climate-hiv-testing-syringe.jpg 6PM’s Climate-HIV now live at Birmingham’s Heartlands Hospital <p>6PM’s Climate-HIV is now live at The HIV Service at Birmingham’s Heartlands Hospital, part of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. This healthcare ICT solution is being used for clinical management support of the Trust’s HIV care.</p> <p>Climate-HIV is an HIV clinic in a box. Having all the patient’s data in an Electronic Patient Record (EPR) provides all the clinical team with a fast access to patient data, helps educate the patient, halves the administration needed to write GP letters and referrals and records all the patient information in one place. All audit and conformance measures are incorporated automatically to ensure improvement of the service throughout the care pathway. This includes the HARS data-set which is mandatory for Public Health England.</p> <p>A particular aspect of the Climate-HIV installation at Heartlands Hospital is the degree of integration with existing hospital systems. Pathology results, clinic appointments and patient demographic information are all synchronised with the central hospital systems, driving down the amount of data entry required from medical workers, clearing more time for them to provide patient care.</p> <p>From a pharmaceutical perspective, Climate-HIV enables the management of costly medications. The workload of the clinician in generating prescriptions, the pharmacists screening and processing of these items and the collection by patients can be managed via the system. This enables the clinic to monitor usage of drugs, budget for current and future requirements and ensures that the clinic is able to operate in a highly efficient and cost-effective way.</p> <p>Steve Wightman, Deputy CEO at 6PM commented “The implementation of Climate-HIV at Heartlands Hospital will not only present the clinicians with all the information they need to know about their patients but will also allow the Trust to forecast what their spend on HIV medicine will be during the year. Heartlands Hospital is now one of many Trusts in the UK benefitting from this solution.”</p> <p>“So far I am very impressed with Climate-HIV. It’s potential for improving patient care, facilitating audit and research is clear. Furthermore, report generation for collecting epidemiological information is a breath of fresh air and will save our staff hundreds of hours,” commented Dr Steve Taylor, Lead Consultant at Birmingham Heartlands HIV Service.</p> Press Releases |
Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust chooses iFIT™ by 6PM Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has become the latest in a number of NHS Trusts in the UK to invest in 6PM’s product iFIT. The intelligent File and Inventory Tracking (iFIT™) system provides the tools for hospitals to manage physical paper health records, supplies, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, physical assets and more. As Barnsley realises the flexibility and scalability of iFIT, they will be able to utilise iFIT to trace items of particular value to the Trust. 22/05/2015 /media/1727/barnsley-hospital-nhs-foundation-trust.jpg Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust chooses iFIT™ by 6PM <p>Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has become the latest in a number of NHS Trusts in the UK to invest in 6PM’s product iFIT.</p> <p>The intelligent File and Inventory Tracking (iFIT™) system provides the tools for hospitals to manage physical paper health records, supplies, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, physical assets and more. As Barnsley realises the flexibility and scalability of iFIT, they will be able to utilise iFIT to trace items of particular value to the Trust.</p> <p>iFIT will immediately empower Medical Records staff with modern logistics management technology, enabling them to track and manage records using RFID tagging. RFID readers in corridors, wards and treatment areas detect and record interactions, drastically reducing the occurrences of lost or missing records.</p> <p>Trying to locate missing notes is an avoidable, time consuming process. iFIT will help Barnsley reduce that to an absolute minimum; using handheld electronic trackers, the medical records team will easily be able to find a set of notes whether in the library, offices or other clinical areas across the Trust. Barnsley is the latest hospital to join those other Trusts that have already streamlined this labour intensive logistics process.</p> <p>The technology provides a full audit trail of activity for information governance compliance. Instant benefits will be realised in the tracking, pulling, re-filing, preparing &amp; auditing of patients’ records and will enable the Trust to maximise their records library storage space utilisation and enhance the working environment for their records staff.</p> <p>Steve Wightman, Deputy CEO of 6PM plc commented, “This contract at Barnsley Hospital represents another milestone in the innovation and partnership that 6PM brings to the NHS. Barnsley Hospital will reap the benefits from iFIT in the Medical Records department. It will provide a better patient experience by guaranteeing the right documents are in the right place at the right time, every time and the NHS Trust will be able to build on the infrastructure for many more applications of the technology. We are looking forward to working with Barnsley on the initial deployment of iFIT in Medical Records and expanding on the solution and relationship in the coming years.”</p> <p>Jason Bradley, Director of ICT at Barnsley said “This is another step forward for the Trust in using new technologies to help us improve our service delivery. Initially this will help us provide a more efficient service for our paper medical records, but it will also help us understand how we use paper today, and how we can become increasingly paperless.”</p> <p>“From day one the Medical Records department could see an immediate benefit; the libraries had become ‘over crowded’ with case notes and this posed quite a significant health and safety risk.</p> <p>iFIT has enabled us to move from strict numerical to location based filing within our libraries and this has all but eliminated the risk. Staff are also reporting that the system is quick and easy to use, much better that the previous method. Once all records are tagged and the fixed RFID network is operation, we will see more efficiency in the whole clinic preparation process,” commented Carol Cunliffe, Medical Records Manager at the Trust.”</p> Press Releases |
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust invests in iFIT East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust will be implementing 6PM’s iFIT Health Records Tracking Solution, supported by passive Radio Frequency Identification tags (RFID), to track paper health records. The Health Records Library staff will gain immediate efficiency savings in filing, pulling, preparing, auditing and locating the health records. iFIT is an appropriate precursor to launching the Trust’s future scanning and Electronic Document Management program to move towards electronic records. This investment is required to meet efficiency savings, improve storage of the records and meet Health and Safety and Information Governance compliance. 23/04/2015 /media/1728/idox-sovisual-020-gun-library-records-tracking.jpg East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust invests in iFIT <p>East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust will be implementing 6PM’s iFIT Health Records Tracking Solution, supported by passive Radio Frequency Identification tags (RFID), to track paper health records. The Health Records Library staff will gain immediate efficiency savings in filing, pulling, preparing, auditing and locating the health records. iFIT is an appropriate precursor to launching the Trust’s future scanning and Electronic Document Management program to move towards electronic records. This investment is required to meet efficiency savings, improve storage of the records and meet Health and Safety and Information Governance compliance.</p> <p>Health records will no longer be filed in number sequence; instead a ‘location based filing’ system will be introduced within the libraries at each site. Once records are returned to the libraries they will be filed in the ‘next available’ space on the shelves. This will significantly reduce the amount of time filing clerks will spend re-filing notes. It will also eradicate the shelf management tasks needed to snake and re-label shelves throughout the libraries.</p> <p>The manually driven clinical preparation of records process, relying on photocopying and label printing, will be replaced by automated clinic prep forms, generated from iFIT, helping to improve the service provided to outpatients.</p> <p>Trying to locate notes is a time consuming process. With iFIT this is reduced to an absolute minimum. Using handheld RFID guns, the medical records team will be able to find a set of notes in the libraries or in the offices, ensuring that availability of patient notes will not delay treatment of care to patients.</p> <p>The Trust is commencing their journey to an electronic patient record, with the implementation of Electronic Document Management and scanning of the health record. Effective delivery of this strategic change will be dependent on implementation of iFIT to provide a full paper record inventory, under full control and rationalisation. This allows the Trust to identify all records, any duplicates that require merging and where they are located. iFIT will reduce the cost of the Trust’s scanning programme by providing the information to choose which records and which parts of the records should be scanned.</p> <p>With the passive RFID network in place within key entrance and exit points of the Trust’s estates, East Sussex will be able to utilise iFIT to track medical devices, bed frames, mattresses, wheelchairs, pathology samples, vulnerable patients – anything that moves around the hospitals. This will provide cost efficiencies, improve the service provided to the patient and reduce clinical risk.</p> <p>Steve Wightman, Deputy CEO of 6PM plc commented: “iFIT is the ideal vehicle to provide the foundations for a benefit driven scanning strategy and presents the clinicians with a single integrated view of what information is available in both an electronic and paper format.”</p> Press Releases |
Homerton starts tracking its medical devices through 6PM’s iFIT platform Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which has been using iFIT for the tracking and management of health records since July 2014, recently extended its investment on the existing RFID infrastructure and iFIT platform to be able to track medical devices across clinic areas and stores. 26/03/2015 /media/1729/iassets01-hospital-bed.jpg Homerton starts tracking its medical devices through 6PM’s iFIT platform <p>Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which has been using iFIT for the tracking and management of health records since July 2014, recently extended its investment on the existing RFID infrastructure and iFIT platform to be able to track medical devices across clinic areas and stores.</p> <p>Through 6PM’s iFIT iAssets product the Trust will achieve improved visibility on the movements of its medical devices ensuring that there is a reduction in effort currently needed to locate these medical devices for provision to clinic areas as well as maintenance and servicing. The Trust will also benefit from a reduction in occurrences where medical devices are put “out of life” as they cannot be located and thus replacements need to be procured.</p> <p>From a clinical perspective iFIT iAssets will help ensure that the right medical devices are in the right place when needed. This contributes to better quality of care, which is one of the strategic objectives for the Trust.</p> <p>iFIT iAssets automatically tracks physical assets around the hospital through the use of RFID infrastructure and passive RFID tags that are associated with each asset. Visibility and management of such movements is easily achieved through the product’s user interface with additional functionality available on mobile RFID-enabled devices to facilitate auditing processes and detection of assets.</p>
6PM provides Managed Services at Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust Surrey and Sussex NHS Hospital Trust (SaSH) have been running with 6PM's CareSolutions™ Data Warehouse for a number of years and throughout 2014, a major upgrade was undertaken to allow the NHS Trust to accept the new Cerner PIEDW feeds. 17/02/2015 /media/1730/surrey-sussex-healthcare-nhs-trust.jpg 6PM provides Managed Services at Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust <p>Surrey and Sussex NHS Hospital Trust (SaSH) have been running with 6PM's CareSolutions™ Data Warehouse for a number of years and throughout 2014, a major upgrade was undertaken to allow the NHS Trust to accept the new Cerner PIEDW feeds.</p> <p>This has been a very successful upgrade project that has now improved Business Intelligence at SaSH with enhanced features to better recover funds through the NHS Payment by Results Sysem, providing improved controls in data quality prior to the submissions of Statutory reporting and financial submissions but most importantly, gives the Trust access to a wealth of previously unavailable information to help improve and develop its clinical services.</p> Press Releases |
UK hospitals experience the benefits of 6PM’s intelligent file tracking The efficient and effective management of medical records within any hospital is a substantial business critical task. Between 2012 and 2013, 6PM successfully launched iFIT™ (intelligent File and Inventory Tracking) within various NHS Trust Hospitals in the UK. 03/02/2015 /media/1731/idox-sovisual-051-hospital-library-medical-records.jpg UK hospitals experience the benefits of 6PM’s intelligent file tracking <p>The efficient and effective management of medical records within any hospital is a substantial business critical task. Between 2012 and 2013, 6PM successfully launched iFIT™ (intelligent File and Inventory Tracking) within various NHS Trust Hospitals in the UK.</p> <p>The return on investment by NHS Trust Hospitals was quickly realized and demand for 6PM’s business solution increased substantially. iFIT allows hospitals to better manage their medical records through RFID technology and its integration with other systems such as Patient Administration Systems. This is where 6PM maximized its NHS business knowledge and technical system integration expertise in order to bring together a solution made up of various devices such as RFID guns, Smart Badges and Android mobiles working in harmony with a third party back end system to provide one fully integrated solution.</p> <p>In line with 6PM’s business strategy, in 2014 a major investment program of works was undertaken. Having gained additional expertise in medical records management within the NHS, it became clear that for 6PM to be more effective and continually improve its business solution, the third party back end application needed to be developed by 6PM for enhanced and quicker turn- around of extended customer requirements.</p> <p>Following an intensive development program, 6PM completed the new iFIT2 back end application thereby eliminating the third party supplier from its total solution. In the last quarter of 2014, a migration programme was initiated and current live NHS Trust Hospitals running 6PM’s iFIT solution started to migrate to its new iFIT2 business solution with many new and improved features.</p> <p>Following the successful migration to iFIT2, Philip Stone, Medical Records Manager at Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust Hospital commented “The new functionality around the display of search results has made a big difference for us and also improves the overall look and feel of iFIT”.</p> <p>Peter Bugeja, Customer Success Director at 6PM said “ Whilst 6PM continues to focus on delivering customer success by ensuring our customers derive the business benefits from our solutions, iFIT2 is also testimony of 6PM’s determination to improve its products and providing enhanced value to its stakeholders in line with its’ Business Strategy”.</p> Press Releases |
East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust chooses iFIT by 6PM East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust has become the latest in a number of NHS Trusts in the UK to invest in 6PM’s product iFIT. The Intelligent File and Inventory Tracking (iFIT™) solutions provides the tools for hospitals to manage physical paper health records, supplies, medical devices, assets, vulnerable patients, porters, staff, etc. Basically if it moves, you tag it and iFIT will track it. 29/07/2014 East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust chooses iFIT by 6PM <p>East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust has become the latest in a number of NHS Trusts in the UK to invest in 6PM’s product iFIT.</p> <p>The Intelligent File and Inventory Tracking (iFIT™) solutions provides the tools for hospitals to manage physical paper health records, supplies, medical devices, assets, vulnerable patients, porters, staff, etc. Basically if it moves, you tag it and iFIT will track it.</p> <p>iFIT empowers staff with modern logistics management technology that enables them to track and manage records and physical assets using RFID tagging. RFID readers on door frames, wards and treatment areas detect and record interactions.</p> <p>iFIT, as applied within the health records environment, has demonstrated in other Trusts an average of 10 to 14 month ROI by the streamlining of labour intensive logistics processes. Once procured against this specific requirement, iFIT offers many opportunities to streamline other business processes at a disproportionately low cost.</p> <p>Steve Wightman, Deputy CEO of 6PM plc commented: “The new library at E&amp;N Herts Hospital is extremely large and would provide many challenges managing it on a patient based filing system. The iFIT solution will enable the Trust to make maximum use of the new facility whilst providing the infrastructure for many more applications of the technology.”</p> <p>Joanna Carter, Divisional Director for clinical support services at the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, said: “The Trust is undergoing a major transformation project currently and we are pleased that health records have been seen as a key part of these changes. The Trust has invested a significant amount of money to ensure that we can provide rapid access to all our health records, thus helping to maximise patient safety. We are looking forward to working alongside 6PM to implement the iFIT solution for electronic tracking of health records. The project will bring a number of benefits to our team, including helping us to manage and locate notes in a more structured and timely manner – as well as enabling our staff to respond better to records requests from our clinical colleagues.”</p> Press Releases |
Climate-HIV goes live at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust 6PM’s CareSolutions™ Climate-HIV is now live at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and will soon be used for clinical management support of their HIV care. Climate-HIV is a specialized electronic care record (ECR) system for HIV medicine which follows the clinical work streams of the HIV team to support efficient communication within multi-disciplinary, collaborative team operations in providing patient-centered care. 09/07/2014 /media/1732/pennine-acute-hospitals-nhs-foundation-trust.jpg Climate-HIV goes live at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust <div class="col-sm-9"> <p>6PM’s CareSolutions™ Climate-HIV is now live at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and will soon be used for clinical management support of their HIV care.</p> <p>Climate-HIV is a specialized electronic care record (ECR) system for HIV medicine which follows the clinical work streams of the HIV team to support efficient communication within multi-disciplinary, collaborative team operations in providing patient-centered care. Climate-HIV, makes it easier and safer to prescribe, document patient encounters, write clinical letters and code diagnoses. Additionally, it was the first HARS compliant solution to enable the HIV-Aids Reporting System being operated on behalf of Public Health England. This is an automated process which will greatly reduce the workload of staff in generating this and other statutory reporting requirements.</p> <p>From a pharmaceutical perspective, Climate-HIV enables the management of costly medications. The workload of the clinician in generating prescriptions, the pharmacists screening and processing of these items and the collection by patients can be managed via the system. This enables the clinic to monitor usage of drugs, budget for current and future requirements and ensures that the clinic is able to operate in a highly efficient and cost-effective way.</p> <p>Steve Wightman, Deputy CEO of 6PM said: “Pennine is a significant center for HIV treatment and strategic hub for 6PM in the North West. The Trust and 6PM staff have worked extremely hard in a genuine partnership to get this solution delivered and it is a great delight to see it go live.”</p> <p>Dr Andrew Ustianowski, Consultant in infectious diseases, at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We are about to start utilising Climate-HIV for our direct patient interactions and very much expect, and indeed look forward to, significant benefits in terms of documentation, governance, research and communication.”</p> </div> Press Releases |
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust goes live with 6PM’s Climate-HIV 6PM is pleased to announce that its CareSolutions™ product Climate-HIV is now live at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Climate-HIV helps to make Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust paper-lite and is another step towards a complete electronic patient record. It has also helped the Trust to become one of the top 10% of HIV services fully compliant with the latest dataset from Public Health England. 04/07/2014 /media/1733/istock-870697368_hiv.jpg Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust goes live with 6PM’s Climate-HIV <p>6PM is pleased to announce that its CareSolutions™ product Climate-HIV is now live at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Climate-HIV helps to make Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust paper-lite and is another step towards a complete electronic patient record. It has also helped the Trust to become one of the top 10% of HIV services fully compliant with the latest dataset from Public Health England.</p> <p>Climate-HIV is a joint venture between 6PM plc and the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust. The product is a specialised Electronic Care Record (ECR) system for HIV medicine. Having all the patients’ data in an EPR provides all the clinical team with a fast access to patient data, helps educate the patient, halves the administration needed to write GP letters and referrals and records all the patient information in one place.</p> <p>All audit and conformance measures are incorporated automatically to ensure improvement of the service throughout the care pathway. This includes the HARS data-set which will be mandatory for Public Health England by 2014-15 for which Climate-HIV was the first HARS compliant approved product.</p> <p>Steve Wightman, Deputy CEO of 6PM said: “Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is one in a list of trusts using 6PM’s Climate-HIV. The product not only presents the clinician with dashboards telling them everything they need to know about the patient but it also enables the Trust to forecast what the spend in HIV medicine is going to be to the end of a financial year.”</p> <p>Dr Immy Ahmed of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Combined with data from patients’ regular tests, Climate-HIV helps our patients understand how keeping their medication stable can help them stay healthier. It means the Trust is amongst the best in the country at managing the ongoing treatment of patients who are HIV positive.”</p> Press Releases |
6PM expands its operations in Ireland In line with its expansion plans and its strategy to set up subsidiaries in strategic markets 6PM Holdings plc has opened an office in Limerick, Ireland. 20/03/2014 6PM expands its operations in Ireland <p>In line with its expansion plans and its strategy to set up subsidiaries in strategic markets 6PM Holdings plc has opened an office in Limerick, Ireland.</p> <p>Six-PM Health Solutions (Ireland) Limited has been set up through a joint venture between 6PM Holdings plc and Mr Anthony O’Carroll. Mr O’Carroll owns 30% of the equity in this new joint venture and he has over 25 years industry experience working with Hospitals in Ireland. Through this collaboration with Mr O’Carroll who previously owned Medrex Systems (Ireland) Limited, a local medical records supply company, 6PM Ireland will be inheriting all of the business activity that was previously delivered by Medrex Systems (Ireland) Limited. To this effect, 6PM Ireland is fully functional with Mr O’Carroll as Managing Director.</p> <p>“We could not have hoped for a better business partner. The business experience brought in to 6PM Ireland by Anthony and his team is priceless. This is a great business opportunity since 6PM Ireland will not be starting from nothing, to the contrary, all the previous Medrex business has now been shifted in to the newly set up joint venture. This collaboration will give us a rapid start to our growth internationally,” Ivan Bartolo, CEO of the 6PM Group said.</p> <p>With offices in Limerick, Six-PM Health Solutions (Ireland) Limited is currently employing 13 people with future employment growth expected. The key business activities are document management services, microfilming, scanning, off site storage and resale of equipment associated with the above and consultancy. These services will be complimented with the marketing and selling of the 6PM products such as iFIT, Climate-HIV, Strokepad, the CareSolutionsTM suite of products and others.</p> <p>Six-PM Health Solutions (Ireland) Limited is expecting to start delivering business value immediately as service contracts are already in hand.</p> Press Releases |
Tracking patient records 6PM’s Intelligent File and Inventory Tracking (iFIT) solution has now been installed and in use at the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust for over a year. Thanks to passive RFID tags that are attached to patient paper records and handheld readers iFIT helps to track down patient records anywhere at the hospital. 17/03/2014 /media/1619/ifit_man_laptop.jpg Tracking patient records <p><em>by Robertus Oosterwijk, Marketing Executive</em></p> <p>6PM’s<span> </span>Intelligent File and Inventory Tracking<span> </span>(iFIT) solution has now been installed and in use at the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust for over a year. Thanks to passive RFID tags that are attached to patient paper records and handheld readers iFIT helps to track down patient records anywhere at the hospital.</p> <p>The Chief Executive Officer of the Trust Michael Wilson says: “iFIT offers a whole range of things that effectively NHS does not think about in terms of productivity, safety and efficiency. “At the end of all this, patients get better quality experience.”</p> <p>Ian McKenzie, Director of Information and Facilities, says Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, decided to implement iFIT when it was talking to 6PM about another project related to data warehousing.</p> <p>“While we were working on that, 6PM told us about the new product that was coming on the market and we thought this would help us with some of the problems we had. Having done it has made a phenomenal difference,” he said.</p> <p>In an article published by the RFID Journal Clair Swedberg wrote that after adopting 6PM’s iFIT solution, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust reduced the hours needed to retrieve and put away patient files by 80 percent.</p> <p>In a<span> </span>testimonial video<span> </span>about iFIT, the Chief Executive of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Michael Wilson says: “The wider impact has been the reduction of clinical risk and that is really important. The response we had from staff has been great.”</p> <p>One of the ward staff says iFIT has made a big difference to her job because finding notes is now much easier than it was before. Through iFIT patient case notes are tagged with a passive RFID tags. As they move around hospital they are traced through sensors located in various parts of the building. Health record staff can go around the hospital and locate patient case notes with RFID scanner guns. The system also allows the following of the progress of a set of case notes through the Trust.</p> <p>Janet Robinson, Trust Deputy Health Records Manager, says that before the Trust had the iFIT solution installed any case notes for filing had to be pre-sorted. “With the iFIT system we can file them directly from boxes or trays straight into the racks in designated barcoded slots…the system is very friendly. It is like supermarket shopping. When you are ready with your case notes you put them into a cart and then you check the cart of case notes out.”</p> <p>Mary Pulham, who works as Health Records Supervisor, as Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, says iFIT has given her and her colleagues more control. “Previously if a file was taken out of the library we could not prove it. Now we can because we have the sensors in place,” she says.</p> <p>She adds that before iFIT was installed a trolley of files used to take between half and one hour to file numerically. Now it takes up to 15 minutes.</p> <p>Michael Wilson says that the wider impact of using iFIT has been the reduction of clinical risk. “It makes us use our resources better. Staff can use time differently for the benefit of the patients. We are more confident that we know where all our notes are and eventually it will reduce our overall storage costs.”</p> Blog |
6PM secures further sales with iFIT™ During the first two months of 2014 6PM have secured further sales of their iFIT™ platforms with more NHS Trusts. One of the new clients is already in contract while the other two NHS Trusts are currently finalising contracts. The Trusts will initially be using the platform to track medical records but are already planning a rollout to track assets, Pathology samples and vulnerable patients. 05/03/2014 /media/1618/hospitals_library_records_tracking.jpg 6PM secures further sales with iFIT™ <p>During the first two months of 2014 6PM have secured further sales of their iFIT™ platforms with more NHS Trusts. One of the new clients is already in contract while the other two NHS Trusts are currently finalising contracts. The Trusts will initially be using the platform to track medical records but are already planning a rollout to track assets, Pathology samples and vulnerable patients.</p> <p>Commenting on the deals, Steve Wightman, Deputy CEO of 6PM said: “These new contracts are very significant for 6PM as one of the clients was awarded the contract as a result of the ‘safer hospitals’ fund being allocated to them by the Department of Health that clearly recognised the value of the iFIT platform. In addition, the new contracts also include one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country employing over 10,000 people.” Further details will be released when contracts are signed and authorisation for publication is given by the clients.</p> <p>6PM’s iFIT Solution gives hospitals the tools to manage their paper-based health records alongside their physical assets including medical equipment, medical supplies, porters, etc. Underpinning iFIT is the basic principle that any paper record or physical asset which moves around hospital locations can be tagged and tracked, allowing for a full audit trail.</p> <p>iFIT allows for immediate cash-releasing opportunities in library overheads. By attaching Radio Frequency Identify passive (RFID) tags to the patient’s health records and fixed RFID readers in key traffic areas around the hospital, patient records can be tracked through their movements round the hospital.</p> <p>iFIT offers an integrated paper management system, improves information governance by providing a full audit trail of records, actively improves statutory reporting and reduces administration overheads.</p> Press Releases |
The significance of HL7 Decisions taken today must be sustainable tomorrow. In the context of provisioning information technology business solutions within the vastly complicated and challenging health sector the above statement is highly pertinent. No one can argue that coherent and integrated health systems are a need that has now become a must in today’s world. 20/02/2014 The significance of HL7 <p><em>by Peter Bugeja, Customer Success Director 6PM</em></p> <p>Decisions taken today must be sustainable tomorrow.</p> <p>In the context of provisioning information technology business solutions within the vastly complicated and challenging health sector the above statement is highly pertinent.</p> <p>No one can argue that coherent and integrated health systems are a need that has now become a must in today’s world. The following trends speak for themselves:</p> <ol> <li>Ever increasing cost of healthcare</li> <li>Life expectancy is increasing due to improved healthcare</li> <li>Increasing move from paper to electronic patient records</li> <li>Increase in patient empowerment over their own health records</li> <li>Demands from regional to national information sharing and access</li> <li>Demands for a more improved primary care integrated with both community and secondary care</li> </ol> <p>All the above is not pie in the sky. This is what is happening and many also aspire to achieve. These are the challenges of today. Challenges that place responsibility on all stakeholders for ensuring right decisions are taken and delivered. There are therefore questionable benefits for anyone moving with ‘closed’ or ‘proprietary’ solutions whereby the system characteristics remain tied to one particular supplier and are inherently difficult to interoperate.</p> <p>It is therefore no surprise that we talk about open-system architecture whereby standard protocols are followed. The benefits are abundant especially with so many disparate systems.</p> <p>Health Level 7 International (HL7) is an organization dedicated to developing international standards for the exchange of electronic health information. HL7 improves the interoperability of software applications increasingly used within the healthcare industry. Following a standard protocol provides the advantage of connecting to any system that supports this particular standard, more importantly now and in the future.</p> <p>It is also true that standards must be practical and appropriate to the current needs otherwise they will be rejected, not used nor followed. So far HL7 has been highly successful in the transfer, exchange, interface and sharing of medical information safely and securely. Its impact has been significant and continues to be so. We now expect to see more innovation in the next HL7 versions. Time will tell.</p> <p>So this brings me back to the opening statement: ‘decisions taken today must be sustainable tomorrow’. Taking decisions in todays’ health sector and ignoring the perils of non-interoperability may be cheaper initially,’ but will be unsustainable operationally to meet the demands of tomorrow. HL7 is an instrument that that has served its purpose well over the past years, interesting how it will evolve in the coming years.</p> Press Releases |
emCare commences pilot testing of the ‘SCOPE’ solution in Italy emCare’s SCOPE solution is currently undergoing pilot testing in a Care Facility called ’Il Porto’, which is located in Turin and operated by Punto Service, one of Italy’s leading care operators. For this pilot test, emCare has deployed a SCOPE trolley fully equipped with Blood Pressure Monitor, Blood Glucose Monitor, Body Thermometer and Oxygen Saturation Monitor and Weighing Scales. The SCOPE solution is being piloted in two separate divisions within the ‘Il Porto’ care facility which can cater for a total of 180 elderly residents. 11/02/2014 emCare commences pilot testing of the ‘SCOPE’ solution in Italy <p>emCare’s SCOPE solution is currently undergoing pilot testing in a Care Facility called ’Il Porto’, which is located in Turin and operated by Punto Service, one of Italy’s leading care operators. For this pilot test, emCare has deployed a SCOPE trolley fully equipped with Blood Pressure Monitor, Blood Glucose Monitor, Body Thermometer and Oxygen Saturation Monitor and Weighing Scales. The SCOPE solution is being piloted in two separate divisions within the ‘Il Porto’ care facility which can cater for a total of 180 elderly residents.</p> <p>The SCOPE application which is loaded on the tablet computer which forms an integral part of the SCOPE trolley, was translated into Italian to facilitate easier interaction of the Italian nursing staff. This tablet computer collects all medical test readings from the electronic medical devices via Bluetooth. All nursing staff at ‘Il Porto’ were provided with hands on training how to use the SCOPE solution.</p> <p>The pilot testing is expected to last for three weeks during which Punto Service will review the benefits the SCOPE solution can provide in reducing the time nurses take to conduct routine medical tests on residents and to demonstrate the efficiency of capturing all medical data records electronically. Thus eliminating the need for nurses to manually record and input all individual test results into the Facility’s web based system.</p> <p>“Our SCOPE solution is aimed at introducing a more efficient, accurate and secure capture of routine medical test results. I am confident that Punto Service will be able to witness at first hand the benefits our unique SCOPE solution provides to the daily operations of this first class Punto Service care facility,”<span> </span>stated Roland Cachia, General Manager at emCare Group.</p> <p>Ing Alexander Tranter, Business Development Director of the CareMalta Group, commented: “emCare is extremely proud to have been selected by Punto Service, a leading Italian care operator, to pilot our SCOPE solution in their latest state of the art care facility recently opened in Turin. The nursing staff immediately embraced the benefits SCOPE can provide and their learning curve to use the solution was extremely quick.”</p> <p>emCare Group Malta Limited is a joint venture between the CareMalta Group, Malta’s largest care operator and 6PM, a leading IT and software solutions company delivering award winning healthcare solutions.</p> Press Releases |
UCLH clinicians design stroke EPR University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and 6PM have created a tablet-based electronic patient record system for stroke patients in hospital. Dr Parashkev Nachev, senior clinical research associate at the trust, told EHI Strokepad is unique because it acts as a substitute for pen and paper, allowing clinicians to enter free text and data directly at the patient’s bedside. 07/02/2014 /media/1614/strokepad-24.jpg UCLH clinicians design stroke EPR <p><em>The following article was originally published on the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.ehi.co.uk/news/acute-care/9197/uclh-clinicians-design-stroke-epr" target="_blank" title="E-Health Insider">E-Health Insider.</a></em></p> <p>University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and 6PM have created a tablet-based electronic patient record system for stroke patients in hospital.</p> <p>Dr Parashkev Nachev, senior clinical research associate at the trust, told EHI<span> </span><a data-udi="umb://document/59f20938588040a6bdfa399c38f686db" href="#" title="Stroke Management">Strokepad<span> </span></a>is unique because it acts as a substitute for pen and paper, allowing clinicians to enter free text and data directly at the patient’s bedside.</p> <p>“It has pen and paper functionality built in everywhere so if you don’t have a field that catches something, you can always write something down,” he explained.</p> <p><a data-udi="umb://document/59f20938588040a6bdfa399c38f686db" href="#" title="Stroke Management">Strokepad<span> </span></a>is designed to be connected to other hospital systems, such as pulling information from the A&amp;E department if a patient presents there and is admitted to a stroke ward.</p> <p>There is a desktop version, but it also runs on a tablet computer, which every nurse or doctor on the ward is expected to have with them at all times, said Dr Nachev.</p> <p>Staff trialling the technology used Dell tablets that they could sling on to their backs while treating patients, but it can work on any Windows 8 tablet.</p> <p>Dr Nachev said information is often entered via tick boxes, but the system uses an algorithm to process it into “human readable text”, so it resembles the way doctors or nurses would usually talk to one another.</p> <p>“It’s gathering information constantly so when it comes to generating a discharge summary, it’s already written as a human letter,” he explained.</p> <p>This is a key benefit as discharge summaries are often of low quality, but take up significant resource to produce.</p> <p>“At UCLH, as in other hospitals, we have relatively senior clinicians spending a large proportion of their time writing discharge summaries, averaging at about one full time role per day,” said Dr Nachev.</p> <p>Clinicians at the trust were heavily involved in the design and construction of Strokepad, which has been in development for around two years.</p> <p>“It’s been slow because we were very keen that we got it absolutely right, in particular the interface,” he said.</p> <p>“The fundamental problem is to design the human-computer interface so as to make data acquisition transparent to the clinical process. There is no room for additional administrative burden: clinicians are already working flat out.”</p> <p>It is now being rolled out across the hospital’s acute stroke unit and could be replicated for other specialist areas such as cardiology.</p> Press Releases |
RFID Tagging – Is it really worth the cost? Answer – a very definite yes Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging is an automatic ID system using small radio frequency identification devices to identify and track people, pets, commercial products and corporate documents. 10/01/2014 /media/1613/hospitals_library_records_tagging.jpg RFID Tagging – Is it really worth the cost? Answer – a very definite yes <p><em><br />by Robertus Oosterwijk - Marketing Executive</em></p> <p>Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging is an automatic ID system using small radio frequency identification devices to identify and track people, pets, commercial products and corporate documents.</p> <p>Over the last couple of years there has been a breakthrough in RFID pricing with the use of passive tags instead of active tags. Traditional active tags require batteries and constantly broadcast a signal making the cost of the tag and the maintenance unaffordable to organisations that require large volumes of tags on low value items. The introduction of passive tags overcomes many of these barriers as the tags do not require batteries and are only picked up as they pass under sensors.</p> <p>Many hospitals have now started to use passive tags on medical records as this provides a number of benefits. The first issue they address is that the best case note tracking systems in the world are only as good as the discipline users have in updating it. Without RFID tracking, records can generally be tracked to the clinic but the issue of lost records often arises when busy clinicians or health professionals simply move the record from the tracked location to another location without updating the case notes system. In addition patient records are often kept – unfiled – in the clinic where there can be several hundred records making it very difficult to locate a single file.</p> <p>The consequence of all this is twofold. First, the labour cost associated with finding a record is significant with some NHS Trusts employing as many as 20 full-time employees to simply look for records that have gone missing. The second consequence of this can all too often be the impact on the patient with appointments, or even theatre slots, being cancelled because the patient’s notes cannot be located. Since working in this area I’ve learned that most acute hospitals miss several theatre slots every month due to appointments being cancelled because the patient record could not be located. Whilst the impact on the patient is obvious for all to see, one must not forget that this has a flow through which impacts on the revenue the Trust can recognise in the month.</p> <p>Jackie Brown, the Head of Outpatients and Health Records Services at the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust’s clinical support services division, says the manual system of locating and filing its 201,000 onsite patient records was time-consuming. “The health record could not be located anywhere within our onsite and offsite facilities,” she explains. “Poor tracking meant that we could often not locate health records in time for clinics, theatre sessions, etc.”</p> <p>The use of RFID technology with medical records solves all of these problems. Records are only tracked onto a wing of a hospital rather than putting sensors on every room within the wing, which would be far too costly. When a specific records needs to be located, a detector gun can be used which will tell the user which room the records is in and will locate a single record amongst several hundred records in a matter of seconds.</p> <p>It is clear that the tagging of medical records alone will provide tangible costs savings for the organisation and usually offer a return on investment in less than 12 months. Having justified such an investment to install the RFID infrastructure, the additional applications of it are endless with Trusts already using it to track patients, trolleys of equipment, blood samples, pharmaceuticals and matching patients to specific beds. The additional cost of these applications of the technology is minimal – but the benefits to everyone are clear to see.</p> <p><em>The original article was published in the September edition of The Journal for Health Informatics Professionals.<span> </span><a href="http://www.ihrimjournal.co.uk/">www.ihrimjournal.co.uk</a></em></p> Blog |
6PM enters into partnership agreement to develop a Dementia research database 6PM has signed an agreement with West London Mental Health Trust (WLMHT) and entered into a partnership to develop a Dementia research database. 24/10/2013 /media/1611/hand_holding_elderly_carer.jpg 6PM enters into partnership agreement to develop a Dementia research database <p>6PM has signed an agreement with West London Mental Health Trust (WLMHT) and entered into a partnership to develop a Dementia research database.</p> <p>This new and innovative solution will enable clinical staff and carers to ensure they are easily able to identify patients that are both suitable and would welcome the opportunity to participate in research studies. The database will be used as a recruitment and management tool for any UKCRN Research study. The proposed system is a register of people, grouped together on the basis of their clinical/mental conditions.</p> <p>The register will hold details for patients assembled through community organisations and service structures as well as through specialist services. Patients and their carers who have consented to participate and are willing to be approached for their involvement in these research studies will have their demographic and basic clinical details held on the patient register application. They may then be approached to be involved in a variety of clinical research projects (cohort studies, intervention studies and other epidemiological enquiries), all of which will be subjected to separate ethics approval, R&amp;D registration and consent.</p> <p>The Patient Register will be able to promote a greater number of patients and carers to be eligible for research and ensure patients get the best possible cutting edge care for their condition.</p> <p>Commenting on the award of this contract and the future partnership potential, Steve Wightman, 6PM’s Deputy CEO, said:<span> </span><em>“Being awarded this contract is a great achievement by our team who continue to show innovation and solution design that clearly keeps us ahead of the competition. Every contract award is important for 6PM, but this one is key in that it expands our clinical portfolio into mental health care &amp; clinical research management whilst providing a platform for partnership and business expansion with WLMHT, one of UK’s leading mental health trusts”.</em></p> <p><em>“Linking people with dementia with high quality research has historically been very problematic. Registering an individual’s interest has proved very effective in earlier pilot work with DemReg but this new system will allow us to embed the register completely in clinical practice. This will allow even more people to gain access to the high quality dementia research we undertake.”</em></p> <p>-Dr Craig Ritchie, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Mental Health, Imperial College London; R&amp;D Director and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, West London Mental Health Trust; Co-Director, London (Northwest) CLRN.</p> <p><em>“The patient register is an innovative solution which will reduce recruitment time for clinical studies, allows for quick searches and is auditable. The solution is a must for any healthcare organisation conducting clinical research.”</em></p> <p>-Manish Patel, Business Development Director R&amp;D, West London Mental Health NHS Trust.</p> <h3>About WLMHT</h3> <p>WLMHT is one of the largest and most diverse mental health services in the UK, providing care and treatment for around 20,000 people each year and serve a local population of around 700,000 residents.</p> <p>Employing around 3,500 staff and serve a local community of many races, religions and languages, across the three London boroughs of Ealing; Hammersmith &amp; Fulham &amp; Hounslow.</p> <h5>SPECIALIST SERVICES</h5> <p>As well as community and inpatient mental health services, we are a leading national provider of forensic (secure) and specialist mental healthcare.<br />Our specialist services include:</p> <ul> <li>Broadmoor Hospital – one of only three high security mental health hospitals in England.</li> <li>The Cassel – a specialist inpatient service for people with personality disorders.</li> <li>The Gender Identity Clinic – the largest service of its kind in the world and the leading provider of care for people who have issues around their gender.</li> <li>West London Forensic Services – providing high quality mental healthcare in low and medium secure environments.</li> </ul> <h5><br />HELPING PEOPLE RECOVER</h5> <p>We’re committed to the highest standards of care. We seek regular feedback and act on it quickly. We also involve patients, service users and carers in trust business, in staff training sessions and on our recruitment panels. This helps us make decisions in the very best interests of the people who use services.</p> <p>Our staff uses the recovery approach, which puts power back into the hands of the people who use services and those who support them.</p> <p>We include families and loved ones in planning care, to help recovery and to build strong, open communication. We also support them in their vital role as carers in the community with support groups and information.</p> Press Releases |
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust make significant improvements to the way they manage and track 1.3M Medical Records The Trust is rolling out a programme that will see each set of medical records tagged with a small electronic label that contains a unique identification code (thanks to 6PM’s web based intelligent File and Inventory Tracking solution (iFIT)). Sensors across hospitals will use radio waves to track the notes as they move through the departments, meaning that they will be able to tell where each set of records are quickly and effectively. 16/10/2013 Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust make significant improvements to the way they manage and track 1.3M Medical Records <p>The Trust is rolling out a programme that will see each set of medical records tagged with a small electronic label that contains a unique identification code (thanks to 6PM’s web based intelligent File and Inventory Tracking solution (iFIT)). Sensors across hospitals will use radio waves to track the notes as they move through the departments, meaning that they will be able to tell where each set of records are quickly and effectively.</p> <h5>REAL TIME TRACKING</h5> <p>As the records pass the sensors, the tracking information will be recorded in real time, without manual intervention. Once the programme is in use across the organisation (the project will begin at Epsom initially) the hospitals will stop using the current casenote tracking system on the patient administration system (iPM).<br />Trying to locate missing notes is an avoidable, time consuming process. iFIT will now help the Trust reduce that to an absolute minimum. And, with handheld electronic trackers, the medical records team will be able to find a single set of notes in the libraries, or in offices where a lot of notes are stored.</p> <p>The technology will also provide a full audit trail of activity for information governance compliance. Instant savings will be made in the tracking, pulling, re-filing, preparing and auditing of patient’s records, while providing Epsom and St Helier with a multi-use Radio Frequency Identify tags (RFID) Sensor Grid and platform for future tracking and managing of physical assets and supplies across the Trust.</p> <p>Chrisha Alagaratnam, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance and Performance at Epsom and St Helier says:- <em>“Of course, that is not only good news for our staff, but our patients too – having a full set of patients notes is absolutely vital to the care we provide, and means that we can run our clinics without delay.”</em></p> <p>Steve Wightman, Deputy CEO of 6PM plc commented:- <em>“Being awarded this contract is a great achievement for our team who continue to show innovation and solution design, providing a solution that truly provides business benefit and an outstanding return on investment to the Trust”.</em></p> Press Releases |
St George’s NHS Trust place major order with 6PM to provide a fully integrated Electronic Document Management & Paper Tracking Solution Following a competitive tender process on the Government procurement Services framework, 6PM is pleased to announce that St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust has ordered its integrated electronic document management and paper management solution, supported by radio frequency identity (RFID) tags. 18/06/2013 St George’s NHS Trust place major order with 6PM to provide a fully integrated Electronic Document Management & Paper Tracking Solution <p>Following a competitive tender process on the Government procurement Services framework, 6PM is pleased to announce that St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust has ordered its integrated electronic document management and paper management solution, supported by radio frequency identity (RFID) tags.</p> <p>The solution covers the implementation of 6PM’s iFIT – their web based Intelligent File and Inventory Tracking software supported by Radio Frequency Identify (RFID) tags, which are attached to active paper health records. The Medical Records library staff will gain immediate efficiency savings in tracking, pulling, re-filing, preparing, auditing and locating the health records. The automation of this file tracking process will also release clinic- staff from these administrative chores, allowing more time to be spent with patients.</p> <p>The introduction of EMC’s Documentum XCP enterprise wide Electronic Document Management (EDM), Business Process Management (BPM) and Captiva scanning platform will enable the paper based patient history to be captured electronically and made available for clinical and healthcare use. The EDM platform will enable an increasing amount of information to be captured and held electronically without ever being in a paper format. The BPM associated with EDM will also enable the Trust to automate, streamline and create more efficient processes associated with the delivery of healthcare. EMC’s Documentum platform will provide the Trust with a Vendor Neutral Archive to store medical images and XDSi to share medical records with GPs, patients and other healthcare organisations.</p> <p>The clinical user interface for the EDM will be provided by Fortrus’s Mobius product, to be used on the Trust workstations and iPAD devices. Mobius allows users to access the entire patient history across a chronological timeline. By using the Mobius search tools, a Clinician can quickly view data by attendance, document type, date or speciality which provides detailed information far more quickly.</p> <p>6PM have integrated the iFIT* physical file tracking solution and EMC Documentum databases to provide a fully integrated system, providing a seamless view of patient information to the Clinicians – showing what is held digitally (in the EDM) and what is still physically held on paper in the records store (iFIT*). This integrated solution led to 6PM being awarded The European Award for Innovation by EMC.</p> <p>Recognised as a key success factor to the overall solution, 6PM have partnered with ScanDox to establish the in house scanning bureau. ScanDox is the only scanning organisation to have delivered a BS 10008 compliant embedded scanning operation in an NHS Trust and they will be working closely with St George’s to define the processes, establish the set up and train users to create a self-sufficient, BS10008 compliant internal bureau.</p> <p>John-Jo Campbell, Head of IT commented:</p> <p>“We selected the 6PM solution as they provided a proven track record in delivering complete RFID tracking services for Medical Records and their approach to the establishment of the scanning service was proven and comprehensive. The best of breed EMC Documentum platform provides the Trust with strong capability for delivering workflow solutions to drive efficiencies and provides full Vendor Neutral Archive and image sharing capability, which meets the Trust IT Strategy. 6PM are a proven IT partner to the Trust and we look forward to working with them to realise the benefits of this integrated solution”.</p> <p>Steve Wightman, Deputy CEO of 6PM PLC commented</p> <p>“Being awarded this contract against stiff competition is a great achievement by our team who continue to show innovation and solution design that clearly keeps us ahead of the competition. This is a major contract award for 6PM with the one of the country’s leading teaching hospital and will allow us to further extend our solutions into Acute Hospitals”.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>About St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust</strong></p> <p>St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust is the largest healthcare provider in south west London, with over 7,000 dedicated staff, St George’s Healthcare serves a population of 1.3 million across south west London. A large number of services, such as cardiothoracic medicine and surgery, neurosciences and renal transplantation, also cover significant populations from Surrey and Sussex, totalling around 3.5 million people.</p> <p>St George’s is one of the country’s principal teaching hospitals, sharing its campus with<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.sgul.ac.uk/" target="_blank">St George’s, University of London</a>, which trains medical students and carries out advanced medical research. As well as acute hospital services, they provide a wide variety of specialist and community hospital based care and a full range of community services to children, adults, older people and people with learning disabilities.</p> <p>The Trust also provides care for patients from a larger catchment area in South East England, for specialities such as complex pelvic trauma. Other services treat patients from all over the country, such as family HIV care and bone marrow transplantation for non-cancer diseases. The trust also provides a nationwide state-of-the-art endoscopy training centre.</p> Press Releases |
Major Mental Health Trust Extends 6PM EDM solution 6PM is pleased to announce a major extension to their EDM contract with a major Mental Health Trust. 04/05/2013 Major Mental Health Trust Extends 6PM EDM solution <p>6PM is pleased to announce a major extension to their EDM contract with a major Mental Health Trust.</p> <p>The initial contract was awarded in November 2011 to pilot 350 users of the solution, utilising the EMC XCP Documentum platform for the management of Medical Record archives. Since the implementation, the Trust have identified several other uses of the platform and have now purchased an additional 1,500 users to rollout across the Trust to new areas such as Occupational Health.</p> <p>”Trust employees have embraced the use of the platform very quickly and are identifying new uses on a regular basis, particularly the effective use of the process management elements. Given their current rate of progress, I believe that they will have a very sophisticated configuration within twelve months, much of which they are making available to other Trusts” commented Steve Wightman, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, 6PM Holdings plc.</p> Press Releases |
With Thousands of Paper Records to Manage, U.K. Hospital Gets Help From RFID After adopting 6PM’s iFIT solution, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust reduced the hours needed to retrieve and put away patient files by 80 percent. 01/05/2013 With Thousands of Paper Records to Manage, U.K. Hospital Gets Help From RFID <p><strong>After adopting 6PM’s iFIT solution, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust reduced the hours needed to retrieve and put away patient files by 80 percent.</strong></p> <p><em>By Claire Swedberg</em></p> <p>Managing patient records presents a mammoth challenge for the multiple trusts (regional health-care bodies) of Great Britain’s<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://web.archive.org/web/20130724150420/http:/www.nhs.uk/" target="_blank">National Health Service</a><span> </span>(NHS). Hospitals typically have thousands of records onsite, very few of which are digitized. In nearly every case, paper files are all that staff members have to provide a patient’s health history. <a href="http://health.idoxgroup.com">6PM Holdings Plc.</a>, a U.K.-based provider of IT services and products, has developed its Intelligent File and Inventory Tracking (iFIT) solution, by which passive<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://web.archive.org/web/20130724150420/http:/www.rfidjournal.com/glossary/term?126" target="_blank">RFID</a><span> </span>tags are attached to paper records, and handheld readers are used to track the locations of those documents on shelves, or elsewhere within the hospital.</p> <p>The technology has been installed at East Surrey Hospital (<a rel="noopener" href="https://web.archive.org/web/20130724150420/http:/www.surreyandsussex.nhs.uk/" target="_blank">Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust</a>), while four other trusts are currently in the process of planning or installing the technology.</p> <p>The long-term solution to tracking paper records is to digitize them. Many hospitals are in the process of scanning paper files, one document at a time, in order to create digital versions. However, says Steve Wightman, 6PM’s deputy chief executive, the conversion process tends to be slow and expensive, and it will be many years before all records are stored electronically. In the meantime, Wightman adds, 6PM’s iFIT solution is intended to help hospitals manage their records efficiently until that transition is made.</p> <p>Jackie Brown, the head of outpatients and health records services at the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust’s clinical support services division, says the manual system of locating and filing its 201,000 onsite patient records was time-consuming. “The health record could be located anywhere within our onsite and offsite facilities,” she explains. “Poor tracking means that we could often not locate health records in time for clinics, theater [operating] sessions, etc.”</p> <p>The iFit solution consists of 6PM’s CareSolutions software, for managing file data such as a patient’s name and birth date, and<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://web.archive.org/web/20130724150420/http:/www.filetrail.com/" target="_blank">FileTrail</a><span> </span>software, for interpreting<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://web.archive.org/web/20130724150420/http:/www.rfidjournal.com/glossary/term?126" target="_blank">RFID</a><span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://web.archive.org/web/20130724150420/http:/www.rfidjournal.com/glossary/term?128" target="_blank">read</a><span> </span>data for the CareSolutions system. Numerous hospitals are applying FileTrail<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://web.archive.org/web/20130724150420/http:/www.rfidjournal.com/glossary/term?55" target="_blank">EPC</a><span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://web.archive.org/web/20130724150420/http:/www.rfidjournal.com/glossary/term?291" target="_blank">Gen 2</a><span> </span>ultrahigh-<a rel="noopener" href="https://web.archive.org/web/20130724150420/http:/www.rfidjournal.com/glossary/term?76" target="_blank">frequency</a><span> </span>(<a rel="noopener" href="https://web.archive.org/web/20130724150420/http:/www.rfidjournal.com/glossary/term?163" target="_blank">UHF</a>) passive<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://web.archive.org/web/20130724150420/http:/www.rfidjournal.com/glossary/term?126" target="_blank">RFID</a><span> </span>tags to files, and are reading those tags using<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://web.archive.org/web/20130724150420/http:/www.motorolasolutions.com/" target="_blank">Motorola</a><span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://web.archive.org/web/20130724150420/http:/rfidconnect.com/ProductDetails.aspx?id=ce9250fb-d4eb-4f7a-a186-b0ef24c53749" target="_blank">MC3190-Z handheld reader</a>.</p> <p>To read more follow this link:<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://web.archive.org/web/20130724150420/http:/www.rfidjournal.com/articles/view?10721" target="_blank">http://www.rfidjournal.com/articles/view?10721</a></p> Press Releases |
6PM pursuing strategy to increase annuity business 6PM, the Naxxar-headquartered ICT company, is pursuing a strategy to build annuity business by becoming increasingly product-focused in its drive to satisfy client needs, according to chief executive Ivan Bartolo. 05/04/2013 6PM pursuing strategy to increase annuity business <p><em>by Joanna Ripard, The Times of Malta</em></p> <p>6PM, the Naxxar-headquartered ICT company, is pursuing a strategy to build annuity business by becoming increasingly product-focused in its drive to satisfy client needs, according to chief executive Ivan Bartolo.</p> <p>The company is currently marketing a carefully designed portfolio of products to suit the requirements of the UK’s NHS, its major customer, but which have realisable potential in other markets and various sectors, in Malta and overseas. 6PM has so far this year exceeded £3 million in sales on which it now has to deliver.</p> <p>The company is considering a series of add-ons for its Care Solutions Climate-HIV management product as part of the strategic product’s growth strategy. In February the company said it had concluded the sale of three solutions to trusts of the NHS – triple its original expectations for the quarter.</p> <p>“Climate-HIV is receiving positive reviews in the UK and it is one of 6PM’s strategic products,” Mr Bartolo told The Times Business. “Beyond the actual sales, products bring annuity business with them. Our objective is to reach a position where, every year, 6PM is able to invoice clients for support, maintenance and managed services. Our biggest drive is to develop into an increasingly product-based company, looking more into satisfying customer needs and growing our annuity business.”</p> <p>Climate-HIV is an electronic care record system for HIV medicine, designed to simplify and safeguard clinician-patient relations. It allows clinicians to write clinic letters, code diagnoses, extract data for audit purposes, service planning, commissioning and research. The product’s continuing development is a joint venture with North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust.</p> <p>Meanwhile, another major product for 6PM, Stroke Pad, is being considered by up to four UK hospitals. Stroke Pad, too, Mr Bartolo added, would also translate into considerable annuity business for 6PM.</p> <p>Mr Bartolo said the team is particularly excited about the business prospects for its integrated records management system, which incorporates paper records tracking and electronic document management.</p> <p>The paper management tracking solution called iFIT – intelligent file and inventory tracking – uses Motorola radio- frequency identification technology and allows hospitals to reduce file sorting processes to five minutes from three hours. Teams of more than 25 people who manage files in archives the size of factories can now be reduced by a quarter.</p> <p>“The efficiency delivered by this product allows hospitals to reskill people and deploy them to different areas,” the chief executive explained.</p> <p>“In the health sector, the ethical business case is never based on financial gain but on the improvement in quality to patient care. Easy access to files and records is a major benefit to hospital teams and patients.”</p> <p>Mr Bartolo added how clients in the hospital sector were increasing comparing the costs of hard disk space to shelf space when considering records storage. 6PM’s technology collects a range of data, such as the distances patients’ records travel within hospitals.</p> <p>Files which are in constant use, such as those relating to oncology patients, can be digitised so that contents are accessible on demand on mobile devices like tablets.</p> <p>The presence of RFID infrastructure in hospitals opens up a range of possibilities. It allows for vulnerable patients, important mobile equipment, porters, professionals and documentation to be tagged for ease of traceability.</p> <p>It means that team leaders are able to locate the closest porter, the nearest equipment, and available professionals in the hospital buildings. Work practices and processes can become increasingly efficient.</p> <p>6PM recently told the stockbroking community about a “handsome list” of potential customers for iFIT for this year. Next year, the company plans to approach customers to introduce them to new applications.</p> <p>“The NHS is Europe’s largest employer with one million employees and hundreds of trusts,” Mr Bartolo said.</p> <p>“Over the past four years, however, we have continued to focus on products which are no longer NHS-specific. HIV and stroke treatment is similar across the world, and 6PM will market these solutions in other regions. Besides RFID applications are marketable in a range of sectors outside the medical field in Malta and overseas, such as hypermarkets. These are exciting times for us.”</p> Press Releases |
IRM Solution developed by 6PM helping NHS save costs on managing patient health records An integrated records management system (IRM) that has been developed by 6PM, including paper records tracking and electronic document management will enable the UK National Health Service to save up to 80% on the costs related to the management of patient health records. 15/03/2013 IRM Solution developed by 6PM helping NHS save costs on managing patient health records <p>An integrated records management system (IRM) that has been developed by 6PM, including paper records tracking and electronic document management will enable the UK National Health Service to save up to 80% on the costs related to the management of patient health records.</p> <p>During a stockbrokers’ meeting, CEO of 6PM Ivan Bartolo described IRM as “a solution for today’s problems” adding that 6PM were integrating market leading technologies together to deliver business solutions.</p> <p>IRM is an integration of the best of paper management solutions and the EDM solutions that are presently on the market. The paper management platform has been branded as 6PM’s Intelligent File and Inventory Tracking (iFIT) solution. The solution was implemented at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust last year and more recently, St Georges NHS Trust has signed a contract to rollout the solution this year.</p> <p>St George’s, that employs over 5,000 people, is the largest teaching hospital in the UK. Tracking and organisation of the medical records at the hospital cost an estimated GBP 5 million. In total there are 175 people employed in the department where 20 alone are in charge of looking for lost records. Another 45 employees pick up the files and file them in numerical order.</p> <p>Thanks to IRM, a trolley full of files which used to take 3 hours to file on shelves, will now be filed in 5 minutes. Files are then tracked through a Motorola RFID system as they are transported around the hospital by strategically placed RFID sensors.</p> <p>Deputy CEO Steve Wightman said that the GPB2 million contract is the result of 18 months of business development. He added that 6PM is now well on track with its product solutions business and aims to achieve its 2013 targets for the UK by June or September at the latest</p> <p>Asked if the IRM has competition in the market, Steve Wightman said that although presently there are six competitors in the area of EDM, including EMC, the 6PM solution is unique in the way it tackles the paper management problem by using the iFIT platform and it is also being underpinned by the 6PM data warehouse solution. He said that this makes it very hard for people to copy.</p> <p>6PM is in the meantime receiving requests to use the iFIT product in other areas where it can be used to track patients, assets, pharmaceutical supplies, the workforce and integrated communications.</p> <p>During the meeting Ron Burdis, a Senior Healthcare Business Consultant, gave a more detailed explanation of the IRM solution for Medical Records saying that the solution could lead to savings of up to 80% of the costs. Mr Burdis also gave some figures demonstrating how many NHS Trusts were looking to adopt such an approach with 6PM.</p> Press Releases |
6PM concludes three Climate-HIV sales 6PM Holdings plc has successfully concluded the sale of three CareSolutions™ Climate–HIV management solutions to trusts that form part of the National Health Service in the UK. 19/02/2013 6PM concludes three Climate-HIV sales <p>6PM Holdings plc has successfully concluded the sale of three CareSolutions™ Climate–HIV management solutions to trusts that form part of the National Health Service in the UK.</p> <p>The CareSolutions™ Climate product is a specialised Electronic Care Record (ECR) system for HIV medicine. It makes it easier and safer to prescribe and document patient encounters through the ability to write clinic letters, code diagnoses, extract data for audit purposes, service planning, commissioning and research. The continuous development of Climate-HIV is a joint venture between North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and 6PM plc.</p> <p>Back in December, the Deputy CEO of 6PM Holdings plc Steve Wightman had announced, in an interview with The Times, that 6PM was close to naming a new client for its Climate-HIV solution.</p> <p>CEO of 6PM Holdings PLC Ivan Bartolo said: “While in December 2012 we had predicted one sale of this unique product, we can confirm that we have been entrusted with three projects giving us a great head start.”</p> <p>6PM Holdings plc has also won a competitive bid in the UK and is now in the process to be awarded a major Integrated Records Management (IRM) project with one of the UK’s largest hospitals within the NHS. The contract value is worth over £2 million. Full details of the contract will be released in due course.</p> <p>The CEO of 6PM Holdings plc said: “The climate at 6PM is vibrant and positive. With our achievements with the CareSolutions™ Climate-HIV sales, the IRM Tender, a great IRM sales pipeline and our prospects for our CareSolutions™ Strokepad solution, we are very confident that by the end of this quarter we will achieve 50% of our entire orders target for 2013. 6PM is also growing its annuity business.”</p> <p>“Our challenge now is to deliver our sales, continue to positively take our brand to market and complete our 2013 sales target by the end of June 2013,” Ivan Bartolo said.</p> Press Releases |
6PM wins EMC’s 2011 Partner Innovation Award for Outstanding Solution for Healthcare 6PM has won EMC’s Partner Innovation Award for Outstanding Solution for Healthcare for its Integrated Electronic Documentation and Medical Records Management Solution (EDMS). 6PM Chief Sales Officer Steve Wightman and Chief Technical Officer Brian Zarb Adami were in Berlin on Monday 31 October to receive the award. 02/11/2011 6PM wins EMC’s 2011 Partner Innovation Award for Outstanding Solution for Healthcare <p>6PM has won EMC’s Partner Innovation Award for Outstanding Solution for Healthcare for its Integrated Electronic Documentation and Medical Records Management Solution (EDMS). 6PM Chief Sales Officer Steve Wightman and Chief Technical Officer Brian Zarb Adami were in Berlin on Monday 31 October to receive the award.</p> <p>Commenting on the award, Ivan Bartolo CEO of 6PM said: “Over the last three years we have put a lot of energy into becoming a Key player within the Health market. I feel that our efforts have now gained significant recognition. Last year we found ourselves as preferred partners with NHS Innovations; and this year we are the Award Winners of the EMC² Partner Innovation Award for our outstanding solution for Healthcare. During those three years 6pm has evolved in the Health segment from producing and delivering generic Health solutions to specific Administrative solutions and now Clinical solutions. I take this opportunity to thank EMC² as nothing is more flattering than having a comparatively small organisation like 6pm being recognised by a Global Player such as them.”</p> <p>The Integrated Electronic Documentation and Medical Records Management Solution (EDMS) for Healthcare is an easy to use solution which has been developed by 6pm in partnership with a number of NHS Trusts. The solution converts paper clinical records into electronic images that can be managed and archived for future retrieval directly from the Care Record System.</p> <p>EDMS takes into account the need for security due to personal data held within the system, it is integrated with the NHS Spine Single Log-in in order to authenticate the user and verify their user rights. All access to the system and modifications to the documents are audited and logged in order to provide backwards traceability.</p> <p>6PM provides unique and flexible IT solutions and services specialising in Information Management, Business Intelligence and Document Management solutions. The company has a forward thinking, “Can do” attitude which is supported by an Agile approach to project delivery enabling them to develop strategic long term partnerships with NHS Trusts dedicated to meet their information and document management needs.</p> <p>Chris McLaughlin, Vice President of Channels and Alliances for EMC’s Information Intelligence Group: “EMC is pleased with the excitement and success our partners have demonstrated in getting these solutions certified in the first few months of the program. But, we believe our customers are the real winners, as they can confidently look to automate business processes and realize higher levels of value from our solutions, more quickly and with less risk, than ever before.”</p> Press Releases |
Deployment of EMDS to NHS Haringey The following is a company announcement issued by 6PM Holdings p.l.c. (“The Company”) in compliance with Chapter 8 of the Listing Rules. 10/05/2010 Deployment of EMDS to NHS Haringey <p><em>The following is a company announcement issued by 6PM Holdings p.l.c. (“The Company”) in compliance with Chapter 8 of the Listing Rules.</em></p> <p>6PM successfully deployed Electronic Document Management to NHS Haringey, with integration to RiO and Spine single sign on, to securely store and manage patient related documents and provide document collaboration between Trust users, Polyclinics and external agencies.</p> <p>NHS Haringey in London has now deployed the 6pm PCT Electronic Document Management Solution (EDMS) within Adult Services, with Children’s Services to follow. The completed rollout will support 600 users.</p> <p>The EDMS developed by 6pm in partnership with several Trusts, has been designed specifically for use by Community Providers and converts paper clinical records into electronic images. All images are securely accessed, managed and archived for future retrieval directly from their Care Record System, RiO and a number of other clinical applications used within the Trust. The solution provides the Trust with the facility for secure document collaboration between Trusts, polyclinics and external agencies.</p> <p>Security is fundamental within EDMS due to the sensitive nature of the personal data held within the system. The 6pm solution integrates with the Spine Single Log-in in order to authenticate the user and verify their user rights and provides the foundation for the security model, inheriting permissions rights. Over-laying this is a complex matrix of Trust specific security requirements around documents. The Trust can ensure all clinical records are accurate and up to date, with version control and full audit trail capabilities to<br />determine who accessed what, where and when. The solution complies with (BSI) BIP 0008 code of practice on legal admissibility and evidential weight of information stored electronically.</p> <p>The Solution caters for all of Primary Care Trust needs in terms of scanning and EDM requirements through the use of genuine Enterprise-Wide market leading products including Documentum D6.5 and Kofax. It also provides a solid COTS (Commercial Off The shelf Software) road map going forward to enable a Trust to easily integrate Clinical and Non-Clinical systems in the future.</p> <p>Nicholas Ib, Head of Performance and Information at NHS Haringey commented: “After exploring numerous potential solutions for the conversion and management of paper clinical records, we selected the 6pm EDMS on the basis of “best of breed” software components and the robust security measures available. NHS Haringey views the 6pm EDMS as a key investment in their future IT technology to help meet the efficiency targets set for the Trust within the next 24 months.”</p> <p>Alan West-Robinson, CEO of 6pm plc commented:“Our solution ensures the right information is available at the right time and in the right place for the Haringey clinicians and will support the Trust’s service transformation initiatives. The complex security schema provided within EMC’s Documentum provides a set of comprehensive and flexible security services which is unrivalled in satisfying the demanding sensitivity requirements associated with patient information”</p> <p>Dr Ivan Gatt<br />Company Secretary</p> Press Releases |

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