Digital Health’s monthly roundup of contracts and go lives brings you news of the launch of an asthma virtual ward at NHS Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, a collaboration for Kooth and Help for Heroes to support children, and a new LIMS for Black Country Pathology Services’ Dudley Lab.

Lenus Health and team up for heart health

A partnership between Lenus Health and announced in mid-November is helping to improve access to echocardiograms for patients waiting for vital heart failure diagnostics.

Med-tech start-up’s CE-marked echocardiogram viewing and measurement tools are operationalised within the Lenus Health digital healthcare platform.

Cardiologists can review data in a single dashboard, while consultants can record diagnostic outcomes without the need to schedule a patient appointment.

The digital service is supporting echo and ECG diagnostic testing in community settings and helping to tackle backlogs.

Kooth and Help for Heroes collaborate

At the end of November a collaboration between Kooth and Help for Heroes meant that children and young adults in the armed forces community were able to access online mental health and wellbeing support.

The two companies teamed up to offer free, safe and confidential professional health for those aged between 11 and 18. The online service also has no threshold for users to meet or waiting lists to contend with.

Users can access one-to-one text-based sessions with experienced counsellors and wellbeing practitioners, as well as use a drop-in text chat service.

Strasys and Silico partner for digital twin projects

At the start of December two companies signed an agreement to deliver digital twins of entire hospitals and healthcare systems in order to optimise decision intelligence.

Silico’s business process simulation (BPS) software has been integrated with Stasys’ digital twin creation technology to allow the latter to create digital replicas of individual business processes. This will enable them to test the efficiency of potential changes, improving decision making and ensuring services run effectively and achieve better patient outcomes.

The agreement will help link data across populations and regions, helping to meet the challenges of information siloes and ineffective interdepartmental information sharing.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ sign contract with Radar Healthcare
Also at the start of the month, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust awarded a competitive tender to Radar Healthcare, to help consolidate existing separate software solutions.

Radar Healthcare will supply risk management and compliance software to the trust, who will deploy the software to Guy’s Hospital, St Thomas’ Hospital, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Royal Brompton Hospital, and Harefield Hospital. It will also be introduced to the trust’s community services in Lambeth and Southwark.

Not only is the new solution configurable to new processes and frameworks, but it will also align with the new electronic health record system, due to start in April 2023.

Dudley Lab goes live with new LIMS

December also saw Black Country Pathology Services go live with a new LIMS at Dudley Lab.

The Dudley Lab became the first site within the Black Country Pathology Services to deploy the latest version of Clinisys’ Integrated Clinical Environment (ICE). It also went live with WinPath Enterprise.

The two solutions were closely integrated so that results can feed into the electronic patient record.

This latest version of Clinisys’ software has been built to be ‘mobile first’ to support flexible working practices.

NHS Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland launch asthma virtual ward

Finally and most recently, NHS Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland established a new virtual ward for patients at risk of asthma readmission.

The service uses Spirit Health’s CliniTouchVie app and allows patients to complete questionnaires and submit peak flow readings. This data will be shared with clinical teams so that if early intervention is needed it can be made.

The virtual ward allows patients to be discharged from hospital safely and still be monitored by professionals so any deterioration can be spotted.

It aims to not only prevent patients from being readmitted to hospital but also to improve patients’ experience of living with asthma in general.