IT applications in a wide variety of healthcare settings are represented by seven finalists for the 2004 Healthcare IT Effectiveness Awards announced this week.

The finalists, drawn from around the country will compete for four awards covering: best use of IT in secondary and tertiary care; best use of IT in primary and community care; best example of technical innovation; and best use of IT in the health service.

The shortlisted entries are:

  • Airedale Primary Care Trust; and the Phoenix Partnership

  • Bradford Health Community and The Phoenix Partnership for their shared medical record project;

  •  Broxtowe and Hucknall Primary Care Trust; Nottingham City Primary Care Trust; Gedling Primary Care Trust; Rushcliffe Primary Care Trust;  Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham; and United Telemedicine Limited for the development of a district-wide dermatology service using teledermatology

  • Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHS Trust; Wirral Health Informatics Service; and IMS Maxims plc for their radiotherapy scheduling;

  • Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust, Speech and Language Therapy Service for their use of IT to improve efficiency in speech and language therapy;

  • Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust for developing clinical information on the move

  • Salford Royal Hospital NHS Trust for the development of  proactive call-centre treatment support (PACCTS);

  • School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Southampton and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust for developing virtual interactive practice.

Visitors to the HC2004 conference and exhibition at Harrogate from March 22-24 are invited to attend the awards which will be presented at 12noon on the first day.  An exhibition of poster presentations from the award winners will also be open to visitors throughout the event.