This month’s industry round-up features news that Thames Hospice has become the first hospice to choose Docman Connect to digitise its transfer of clinical correspondence, and the announcement that Leeds-based LDD Group has gone into administration.

Thames Hospice choose Docman Connect to reform correspondence with GPs

Thames Hospice has become the first hospice to choose Docman Connect to digitise its transfer of clinical correspondence.

The charity, which cares for people living with life-limiting illnesses in East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire, sends correspondence to GPs in cases such as a patient moving to a care home.

Docman Connect will provides a digital platform to manage millions of documents exchanged each day between providers.

Furthermore, in a bid to reduce costs, the project will also see approximately 3,000 documents concerning 5,000 patients now being digital.

Yorkshire IT group enters administration

A Leeds-based technology business which has previously provided IT support for the NHS has entered administration.

Walsh Taylor was appointed to deal with the administration of LDD Group Limited on 19 April.

Under its stewardship, LDD Group Ltd is continuing to trade while a buyer to secure its long-term future is found.

Walsh Taylor director, Mary Taylor, said: “Our initial focus of the administration is to engage with parties who may be interested in acquiring this well-known business in the sector.

“The priority is very much to sell the company as a viable going concern, safeguarding its future, and retaining as many jobs as possible.

“LDD Group is a family business with a good name, a proven track record, and a national customer base spanning around 30 contracts – particularly in the education and health sectors.

“Unfortunately, after the ill health of one of its directors – and the unforeseen impact this has naturally caused – the directors felt they were not in a position to carry on themselves.”

Solution to support Sustainability Transformation Partnerships launched

A new solution which helps support Sustainability Transformation Partnerships (STPs) has been launched.

The Viper360 Presentation Layer from ReStart Consulting helps link up electronic patient records and clinical portals, building towards a full shared care record.

Felim McCarthy, senior clinical consultant at ReStart Consulting, said: “Clinicians and carers are tired and frustrated with the over-promises of how IT systems can benefit them.

“They want better access and the ability to update patient information in real-time on the device of their choosing, and they want it now. Reducing risk to patient safety is a huge benefit to clinicians.

“The Presentation Layer means they don’t have to keep logging in and re-writing the same patient information into different systems.”

ZoomDoc and Lexihealth partner to offer new healthcare concierge service

ZoomDoc, a GP-on-demand service, has announced it is collaborating with secondary care concierge service, Lexihealth, to offer patients instant access to a range of bespoke healthcare services.

As a result of the partnership, the companies can now offer patients a number of services such as telephone GP consultations, home GP visits fulfilled “within an hour”, tailored treatment plans and rapid specialist appointments.

ZoomDoc CEO, Dr. Kenny Livingstone, said: “These days, people want services that are both bespoke and on-demand.

“This collaboration reflects our commitment to offering patients instant access to the best quality healthcare. It will also provide ZoomDoc patients with an even wider range of services, no matter what their requirements are.”

Medisec and Accuro announce corporate partnership in quest for connected care

Clinical correspondence company, Medisec Software, has teamed up with transcription experts, Accuro, to provide a complete integrated clinical correspondence solution for NHS trusts in the North West.

Care organisations are able to access dictation, speech recognition, typing and electronic delivery to local GPs through MedisecTRUST.

The product has gone live at at Alder Hey Childrens Hospital.

Ceri Rothwell, managing director of Medisec Software, said: “As two UK based companies with similar values, Accuro was a great fit for completing our end to end offering.

“Our customers know that dictation, speech recognition and typing solutions are all managed efficiently and cost effectively in tandem with their secretarial teams.”