Our latest roundup of contracts and go lives features Nottingham University Hospitals selecting Nervecentre for its EPR and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust going live with Health Call’s Patient Portal.

Northern Care Alliance NHS Trust’s next Sectra go-live completed

We start with the news that the Northern Care Alliance NHS Trust’s Oldham site went live with Sectra’s digital pathology solution, helping to enhance multi-disciplinary team meetings and collaboration.

In total seven laboratories across the Greater Manchester Pathology Network are to move to the enterprise imaging network from Sectra– with the Oldham laboratory following in the footsteps of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which was the first to deploy the technology earlier in 2023.

The network has an existing agreement in the region with the medical imaging technology provider, which will see more pathologists and biomedical scientists in Greater Manchester move to high-quality digital images in place of microscopes. Acute trusts in the region are also using the same system to view and analyse radiology imaging.

Nottingham University Hospitals selects Nervecentre EPR

Early February saw Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, one of the UK’s largest, select Nervecentre’s next-generation EPR to drive forward its digital capabilities and improve patient care in what the company called a transformative deal.

NUH selected Nervecentre after a competitive procurement process on the Health Systems Support (HSS) Framework Agreement.

The deal builds on a long-standing partnership between NUH and Nervecentre, placing Nervecentre at the heart of the trust’s digital transformation strategy.

Nottingham is the fourth trust in the East Midlands to commit to Nervecentre’s EPR in just over three months. In December, Northampton General Hospital said it had chosen Nervecentre as its EPR supplier.

County Durham and Darlington go live with Health Call’s Patient Portal

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust have launched their Patient Engagement Portal in the first week of February in partnership with NHS-owned digital health company Health Call.

The trust was able to rapidly implement MyHealthCall PEP, a proven technology that connects patients with their care organisations through the NHS App, thanks to the Health Call Platform Integration Engine.

MyHealthCall PEP, is now live and will initially allow selected patients to manage outpatient appointments digitally, with the intention to make this available to all relevant/appropriate patients.

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is the first organisation in the county to leverage Health Call’s Platform Integration Engine, which has been designed to expedite PEP implementation by seamlessly integrating it with current and legacy systems to enable swift deployment.

NHS Somerset ICB awards contract to Black Pear for shared care record

NHS Somerset Integrated Care Board announced that Black Pear Software Ltd has been awarded a five plus two-year contract as the Somerset Integrated Digital e-Record+ (SIDeR+) technology partner.

The first SIDeR contract with Black Pear commenced in 2018 and is due to end in April 2024. With Black Pear, the SIDeR now exceeds 30,000 uses per month since going live in 2020 from over 2,200 users across health and care organisations in Somerset and over the border.

There are also over 42,000 care plans hosted on SIDeR that can be created, read or updated by any appropriate member of staff involved in that person’s care.

SIDeR+ will launch in April of this year and will build on the existing SIDeR service that delivers an on-demand shared care record and a suite of persisted shared care forms, to support direct care.

University Hospitals of Leicester goes live with AI-reviewed chest x-rays

Finally, this month also saw University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust go live with an AI-powered chest x-ray solution, as part of the multi-NHS site LungIMPACT research study.

The trust is using Qure.ai’s qXR AI which is integrated into the Radiology Information System from Magentus. As part of the LungIMPACT study, it will review around 100-150 GP-referred x-rays every day to identify and triage the presence of potential lung abnormalities. The system will provide immediate reporting to clinicians so they can make next-stage decisions on CT referrals or treatment planning.

The LungIMPACT study is a collaboration between Qure.ai, UK academia and NHS hospitals, to gather real-world evidence of AI-assisted diagnoses of lung cancer. University Hospitals of Leicester is joining University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, who joined the trial earlier this year.