The best use of wireless healthcare category of the 2008 BT e-Health Insider Awards was won by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University NHS Trust. The runners up in the category, which was sponsored by Cisco, were a wi-fi based equipment tracking project in Scotland and the iWard at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London.

The iWard: Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

The Streamlined Ward Working project is a multi-disciplinary approach to innovation, clinically led and supported by managerial and IT staff. It has created a radically transformed ward environment, where enhanced wireless-enabled point-of-care tools have removed paper-based collection. This allows clinical staff to electronically record, quality assure and share data on patient observations, handover records and care plans.

WiFi-based equipment tracking: Airetrak

Working in partnership, Airetrak, the Royal Alexandra Hospital Paisley and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, have implemented a Wireless local area network across 15 areas of the hospital and integrated this with Airetrak’s ResourceView WiFi based RFID tracking solution. This helps staff to manage1,000 portable medical devices with a capital replacement value of well over £2m.