news in brief

This month’s industry round-up features news that Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care has won a national award, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and charity Help for Heroes have both selected OLMs ECLIPSE cloud-based service to improve their digital offering and Leeds looks to a Finnish company for e-rostering services.

Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care wins national award

Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care has won a national award for the most innovative ‘real world’ use of 5G technology at the recent 5G Realised Conference in London.

The two day conference celebrated 5G technology and its potential benefits to a diverse range of sectors including health and social care, agriculture, transport and tourism.

Liverpool 5G consortium won the award for a use at Royal Liverpool and Broadreen University Hospitals NHS Trust (RLBUHT), where 5G technology is being used to support virtual reality (VR) headsets at a palliative care ward to reduce patient pain.

Rosemary Kay, Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care Project Director, said: “We are very proud to have won this award as it recognises the care and effort our members have put into creating innovative use cases that improve people’s lives.”

West Hertfordshire signs three year contract with Atos

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust has appointed Atos UK & Ireland to deliver IT services – including a new network – at the trust over the next three years.

Atos will enable the freeing up of clinician time to focus on health, wellbeing and patient outcomes for the trust.

Helen Brown, deputy chief executive of West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Our new partnership with Atos will drive significant improvements in our current systems, making IT a strategic enabler as we redevelop our sites and transform services for our patients.”

Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust appoints IT provider OLM

Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has appointed IT provider OLM to optimise its 0 – 19 Healthy Child Programme service with new cloud-native technology.

It’s ECLIPSE programme provides a case management system to improve and simplify the case recording process.

The 0-19 Healthy Child Programme is an integrated service for children, young people and their families to improve health outcomes.

ECLIPSE allows the trust’s partnering families teams, health visitors and school nurses to record securely on any device, directly at the point of care, delivering paperless working and mobility.

Roz Geary, ICT project manager of the trust, said: “By using the ECLIPSE software we will be able to deliver better patient care.

“As per the Government’s Cloud First policy, the software we procured is cloud native. The software is able to work on any device and is able to be tailored to our exact user requirements.

“By utilising mobile working, the number of visits to the 0-19 service can be increased. The software offers the ability for our multidisciplinary team to work together to provide a secure system.

“Use of the software will not only enhance efficiency, but also the quality and availability of information we provide will be improved.”

Charity Help for Heroes improves digital infrastructure

Help for Heroes has also gone live with ECLIPSE Case Management from OLM in order to improve the digital infrastructure across the charity.

The introduction of the cloud native solution is a milestone moment for the team as they are now able to enhance the efficiency and outcomes of its services.

The new case management system accommodates shared working on the same system, enabling staff at Help for Heroes to work more efficiently. With thousands of veterans requiring support every year, the introduction of ECLIPSE is a welcome boost.

It works on any device, enabling staff members to record directly, reducing administration and enabling them to concentrate on providing the best care possible for veterans.

Tim Bird, CIO at Help for Heroes, said, “We strive to provide the best care possible to wounded veterans, and their families. In order to do this as efficiently as possible, we recognised the need to update our supporting digital solutions.

“Implementing ECLIPSE and working with OLM enables us to continue to care for those that have been affected by their service.”

Leeds adults and health service employs Fastori for rostering services

Leeds City Council has appointed Finnish-based company Fastori to provide their real-time care system.

The five-year agreement covers provision of an electronic rostering and monitoring solution for use in the council’s short term home care reablement service, extra care housing units and mental health transitional housing units.

There are options to extend the contract subject to positive outcomes.

Risto Jalovaara, Fastroi’s chief executive, said: “With so much focus on improving the quality of care through CQC inspections and ratings, Fastroi has a proven track record of delivering the improvements that Leeds are looking for.”