Digital Health’s monthly roundup of contracts and go lives

  • 17 March 2023
Digital Health’s monthly roundup of contracts and go lives

Our latest roundup of contracts and go lives features sustainable tech company Jump winning an NHS England contract to develop a carbon engagement tool, and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust deploying Altera Digital Health’s Sunrise electronic patient record (EPR).

Royal Bournemouth’s BEACH awards healthcare communications contract

Last month, Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s BEACH (Births, Emergency care, And, Critical care and child Health) building has awarded a contract to Ascom for the supply and installation of healthcare communication technology.

Set to open in autumn 2024, the BEACH building forms part of a £250m transformation by the University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust.

Once opened, the 23,000msix-storey building will provide a new maternity unit, children’s unit, an enhanced emergency department, a 30-bed capacity critical care unit and a purpose-designed pathology lab.

Ascom will be working in partnership with electrical contractor W Portsmouth & Co. It will provide its end-to-end digital smart nurse call solution, including Myco 3 smartphones with mobile attack alarm software and near-real-time location tracking, plus fixed panic attack alarm technology.

Jump wins NHS England contract to develop carbon engagement tool

In the final week of February we reported the news that Sustainable tech company Jump has been awarded a £690,000 contract from NHS England to develop a healthcare-specific carbon engagement tool designed to encourage NHS staff to reduce their carbon footprints.

The funding has been awarded as part of the second phase of a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare competition, an Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) initiative championed by Academic Health Science Networks. The competition was run in partnership with the Greener NHS programme.

The new tool will be a healthcare-specific development of Jump’s existing employee engagement platform, which is currently used by 22 NHS trusts in the UK.

Being healthcare-specific, the new development will allow greater participation from the workforce and data tracking within the NHS. It will also help the NHS reach its goal of going net zero by 2040.

Somerset County Council goes live with Rio EPR

The beginning of March saw Somerset County Council go live with the Rio EPR system, making it the first local authority in England to deploy an EPR.

The new EPR will be used by the council to support public health nurses deliver effective care to children and families in Somerset, improve public health and to reduce health inequalities.

Somerset County Council currently provides public health nursing services – including health visiting and school nursing – to 110,000 children in Somerset.

The use of Access HSC’s Rio EPR will improve the efficiency of the service and deliver real-time data to enhance the local authority’s Healthy Child Programme provision.

Genomics England deploys Sectra technology for cancer data programme

Genomics England has completed the installation of Sectra’s enterprise imaging system, which will support the world’s largest multimodal cancer research platform.

Sectra’s technology will play a key role in allowing Genomics England to bring together underpinning data so that it can be harnessed in new ways by a wide range of researchers and scientists.

The enterprise imaging system allows NHS imaging data to be incorporated into Genomics England’s cancer data programme.

In addition, the Image Exchange Portal, used nationally in the NHS, will allow the organisation to transport images from participating NHS trusts.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust selects Altera Digital Health

Recently, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has deployed Altera Digital Health’s Sunrise EPR solution across its three hospital sites to fast-track digital maturity.

The solution has been rolled out to 56 inpatient wards at Worcestershire Royal, Kidderminster Hospital and Alexandra Hospital. It is hoped the new electronic patient record (EPR) will help improve patient safety, free up staff for caring duties and reduce the length of hospital stays.

In addition, the new EPR is supporting the trust to embark on its digital transformation journey and streamlining clinical workflows.

A number of benefits have already been realised, including tracking boards improving the visibility of patients, which is allowing clinicians to prioritise their patients based on clinical need.

It is also seeing notes being captured in digital form, eliminating the risk of illegible entries and cutting the time spent interpreting notes.

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