London, 25th November 2015: The NHS will get £1bn to achieve a paperless NHS by 2020, chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne announced in his spending review today (25 November 2015).
Ahead of the spending review, the Department of Health put in bids for between £3bn and £5bn to support technology deployment in the NHS. But Osborne promised to "fully fund" NHS England's Five Year Forward View – which sets out a mandate to deliver a fully integrated health and social care system and an interoperable patient record, available at the point of care by the end of 2020.
Comtact Healthcare supports the paperless agenda. Our solutions greatly improve the efficiency of clinical staff and drive better, safer patient outcomes while reducing costs.
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London, 4th August 2015: Comtact Healthcare, a leading provider in mobile digital healthcare and informatics solutions has been selected by respiratory experts at Southampton Children's Hospital to provide clinicians with a leading-edge mobile device solution at the point of care.
The hospital, which is part of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and is a leading centre in the treatment of Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD)*, has taken a major step in improving the quality and efficiency of treatment for its patients by engaging Carbon Labs, the software division of Comtact Healthcare.
Carbon Forms will provide a real-time clinician view; a patient timeline and PCD Data Recording using a very easy to use set of applications on a mobile tablet device. Recording and retrieving real-time data will provide significant efficiencies and a quick and significant ROI, whilst supporting a greatly enhanced patient experience.
Southampton is one of three centres commissioned to provide a national diagnostic service for PCD in England and Scotland and clinicians are working with Carbon Labs to deliver the solution within the service and at three further NHS hospital trusts in the UK.
In line with the Government's paperless initiative, Southampton PCD team is helping lead the way in digitising forms and processes. Professor Jane Lucas, a consultant paediatric respiratory medicine at Southampton Children's Hospital, comments: "The Carbon Labs solution will provide accurate, quality information at the point of care, allowing our clinicians to spend more time with patients. The carefully designed forms support simple and fast user adoption that will also increase efficiencies that we have never been able to previously achieve."
"We're delighted to be working with a leading children's hospital on this project," comments Dominic List, Chairman of Comtact Healthcare. "Our Carbon Labs platform is well suited to the ambitions of the service, offering innovative, simple to use, real-time digitised patient care forms that support the goal of paperless working by 2018."
Dominic continues, "For the majority of our healthcare customers, having mobile digitised solutions in place makes particular sense, as they can also scale and replicate to other partner trusts. Together they create a collaborative platform, able to provide clinical support for similar conditions."
Carbon Labs is an affordable, configurable suite of digital applications specifically for the healthcare sector that provides very significant ROI, typically £300,000 pa per digitised process, increased efficiencies, greater accuracy of data and information and a much enhanced patient experience.
Southampton Children's Hospital is a major centre for specialist paediatric services in the south of England. It is part of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, which provides services to 1.9 million people living in Southampton and south Hampshire, plus specialist services including neurosciences, cardiac services and children's intensive care to more than 3.7 million people in central southern England and the Channel Islands. The Trust is also a major centre for teaching and research in association with the University of Southampton and partners including the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust.
Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is a rare inherited condition that is caused by abnormal cilia. Cilia are microscopic hair-like structures that beat in the airway clearing mucus and debris. In those with PCD, cilia are either static or do not beat in a coordinated fashion (dyskinetic) meaning the body is unable to clear secretions. This can affect the lungs, nose, sinuses, ears and fertility.
Chest physiotherapy, antibiotics to manage infections and management of ear and nose problems are the mainstay treatment for PCD. If treatment plans are maintained there is no reason why most patients cannot lead a full and active normal life.
Southampton Children's Hospital provides diagnostic and management services for primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD). We are one of three centres - along with Leicester and the Royal Brompton - commissioned to provide a national diagnostic service for England and Scotland.
The centres work closely to ensure that best practice and an excellent service is provided throughout the country. In Southampton, we provide a diagnostic and a management service for most of southern England; when other centres are busy we take referrals from anywhere in the country.
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Comtact Healthcare's digital mobile platform offers healthcare professionals an opportunity to convert time wasted through unproductive tasks into more time to care for patients. Through our software division Carbon Labs, we offer clear but powerful design allowing ease of use and adoption across our portfolio of digital mobile healthcare solutions. The user experience can be highly personalised and is effective in providing clinicians real-time information and reporting at the point of care, improving patient self-management rates and increasing overall patient experience and care for all.
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London, 1st August 2015: Find out the biggest challenges facing influential healthcare IT leaders over the next 6 to 12 months and more specifically what their top 15 investment priorities are for 2015.
Download the results from IQPC's latest survey on the priority areas Healthcare Informatics Leaders will be focussing on in 2015.
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London, 1st August 2015: McKinsey exclusive invite-only events.
Comtact Healthcare and our software division Carbon Labs have been asked to attend two McKinsey exclusive invite-only events, bringing together the leaders in healthcare across Europe.
The events will take place in Stockholm and Hamburg, in October and November (2015) respectively. We are delighted to be invited and provide insight into the future of global healthcare.
London, 21st July 2015: Innovative project selected as finalist for ‘Excellence in Mobile Healthcare’ category
Comtact Healthcare, a leading provider in mobile digital healthcare and informatics solutions and St Andrew’s, the UK’s largest provider of secure mental healthcare to the NHS have been selected as a finalist in the EHI Awards 2015.
Shortlisted in the ‘Excellence in Mobile Healthcare’ category, Comtact Healthcare has been recognised for its mobile tablet technology project, implemented across St Andrew’s as a key enabler of increased operational efficiency, improved data quality, access to data ‘anywhere’ to support the move to a paperless working culture, and improved quality of healthcare delivery. The software application named DICE (Data and Information for Care Enablement) and was deployed by Comtact Healthcare using the Carbon Labs software platform, working in close collaboration with St Andrew’s.
DICE has enabled St Andrew’s to digitise processes which are standard and used widely in the mental healthcare sector and beyond. This means that wherever these processes are used, the application can be immediately replicated. Where there are local differences in clinical process compared to St Andrew’s, local processes can be modelled, built and tested rapidly within DICE.
Commenting on the shortlisting, Dominic List, CEO of Comtact Healthcare said, “We’re really proud of the results that we’ve been able to achieve with St Andrew’s. They have demonstrated our solution can be effectively replicated elsewhere regardless of an organisation’s level of clinical digital maturity. The experience within the Charity and through its associated technology partners means we can share our expertise to inform others how a rollout of such clinical technology can enable significant benefits for their healthcare organisation.”
The EHI Awards take place on Thursday 1 October 2015 in the stunning ballroom at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in Central London.
London, 16th June 2015: Comtact Healthcare's Chairman, Dominic List, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Midlands Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2015.
The Entrepreneur of the Year Awards has been running for 17 years and is the World's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs.
The winner of this regional final will be entered for the title of the Ernst and Young UK Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 and vie for a chance to take part in the global awards ceremony in Monte Carlo.
Dominic commented, "I am delighted to have been shortlisted to receive such a prestigious business award from the globally renowned company Ernst & Young. Like most entrepreneurs I currently wear a number of hats from creating one of the UK's fastest growing cloud based infrastructure monitoring and management companies to forming our ground-breaking software division to drive mobile digital healthcare. Then outside of the corporate world there's the social enterprise and charities I'm involved in, which are very important to me. So to be recognised for this work is a great feeling."
For more information about the awards, visit: E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
Kelsey presented the plans in a board meeting for the National Information Board, which was set up to deliver the goals in the 'Personalised Health and Care Framework 2020' to encourage the NHS to embrace modern technology.
The plans suggest that the work of the NIB could drive savings of £8.3 billion to £13.7 billion across six key areas identified by the board.
These savings would support the £22 billion in efficiency savings required by NHS England in order to fill a £30 billion gap between likely demand and funding by 2020-21. The remaining money is set to come from the government, in line with the Conservative Party's manifesto pledge to find £8 billion for the NHS over the next five years.
Read full article online: Digital Health - Thomas Meek
London, 20th May 2015: Comtact Healthcare will be speaking at the upcoming Catalyst event, organised by D Health. The forum brings together leaders in digital health to discuss global challenges from legal opinion to practical experience.
London, 27th March 2015: Health and social care providers across the country will benefit from £78 million this year to invest in technology and help them move from paper-based clinical records to integrated digital care records.
£43 million of Integrated Digital Care funding will be used by NHS Trusts and Local Authorities to put in place electronic information systems which make sharing information between care settings easier and ensure that patients only tell their story once.
Approval has also been granted for the second tranche of the Nursing Technology Fund which makes £35 million available to Trusts, health charities and community health providers to spend on digital services that will support nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants in their work and help them release time to care.
The Nursing Technology Fund was announced by the Prime Minister in October 2012 to support nurses and midwives to make better use of digital technology in care settings. NHS England is responsible for deploying both technology funds to facilitate the widespread adoption of modern practices and safe standards of electronic record-keeping.
Comtact Healthcare has already helped a number of trusts benefit from Nursing Technology funding. Our integrated mobile healthcare solution creates an extremely effective and seamless way of eliminating paper-based forms, supporting hospital staff to work digitally in real-time, driving efficiency savings and improving patient outcomes.
Our customers typically realise a saving of at least £300k a year per digitised form as a result of saved clinical time, whilst also benefiting from improved patient care and automated, accurate reporting.
Our Digital Forms platform improves staff morale and overall patient care by placing information directly at clinicians' fingertips:
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London, 24th March 2015: Working with clinicians, Comtact Healthcare has developed a fixed price digital forms package to help kick start your digital journey through the digitisation of your mental health processes.
This improves quality via enabling evidence based treatment and reduces waste, improves efficiency and saves money.
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London, 23th February 2015: Networking Plus Magazine - The NHS now offers Wifi in most hospitals, partly for the patients and partly for staff. Article looks at the rich media functionality Wifi has enabled at St Andrew's Healthcare.
London, 18th February 2015: Comtact Healthcare has been awarded a place onto the new clinical information systems framework, NHS Shared Business Services (SBS) - Healthcare Clinical Information Systems (HCIS), Lot 2 - Integrated Emergency Care System Provision - with our digital healthcare platform.
Our digital healthcare platform helps care teams reap the benefits of real-time data and help improve staff engagement and motivation through more patient time and richer insights in patient treatment.
The leading NHS business support specialist, NHS SBS, developed the framework for the procurement of HCIS to save NHS Trusts both time and money compared with procuring these specialist systems individually. Now, instead of going through the entire OJEU process which can take up to 12 months and involve spending tens of thousands of pounds, the trusts can localise their requirements from the framework and hold "mini-competitions" which can be completed in a reduced timeframe and at a much-reduced cost.
Peter Akid, NHS SBS's director of procurement, said the framework "is about achieving a far more efficient and strategic way of procuring complex clinical systems that reduces the procurement timescales and save tens of thousands of pounds in the process".
The new NHS SBS framework went live on 16th February 2015.
If you'd like to learn more about Comtact Healthcare, our solutions, or the new frameworks that we have been awarded a place on, please get in touch.
London, 22nd January 2015: Greater investment, taking a more mainstream approach and a payment system that is fit for purpose could help to raise the profile of mental health. Back in the autumn it felt that finally mental health was the issue whose time had come. There was a steady stream of announcements. Perhaps the most symbolic was Nick Clegg's unveiling of the coalition government's mental health strategy for the next five years at his own party's political conference. This marked a significant shift – introducing the first access targets for mental health services: psychological therapies, early intervention on psychosis and standards for the provision of liaison psychiatry and the announcement of more money.
This, along with the creation of a cross-government cabinet task force on mental health, a child and adolescent mental health services (Camhs) taskforce and select committee report, meant investing in and understanding this important part of health and care was in everyone's minds. Parity of esteem was the "phrase that pays", rightly used by politicians at every turn.
What I want to see for 2015 is for us not to simply dismiss this as rhetoric. Rhetoric is actually a vital tool: in this case communicating the need to deliver parity between mental and physical health as well as the need to tackle the far-reaching stigma surrounding mental health. So let's seize the rhetoric, identify the core intention of the announcements and make sure that our focus is on implementation, otherwise an important opportunity will be lost.
2015 is the year to reverse the chronic underfunding and structural discrimination we've seen in mental health over the past decade. I think we need five things to happen:
There needs to be a widespread understanding that investment in mental health provision is investment in the health and wellbeing of individuals, and a solution for mental health is a solution for the whole healthcare system. Highlighting the importance of treating mental health in every arena, setting and interaction is fundamental, as is recognition of the contribution that good mental health makes to our workforce and economy.
It is not new knowledge that mental health conditions make up 21.9% of the disease burden in the NHS but receive only 11.9% of the overall budget. If we are serious about parity, this means turning the recent investment of political capital into a financial return for these services. That's new money. Any other approach will be robbing the Peter of other health and care services to pay the Paul of mental health, and that's always counterproductive.
I've been working in healthcare since 2007. A tariff for mental health services was a priority then. Too little progress has been made on payment systems to support providers of mental health services that are facing the same rising costs, rising demand and financial challenges as other healthcare providers. The current block contract approach, and the lack of multi-year planning and funding frameworks, do not give mental health providers the tools and confidence they need. These factors, coupled with the new access targets for some mental health services, make this a priority. I don't want the administration elected in May to be the third successive government to fail to bring this to fruition.
Philosophically I don't agree with the principle "it only counts if it's measured". Pragmatically, however, I believe that creating these access targets puts mental health services centre stage. The nub of this is to ensure they are used to improve quality, not as an end in themselves. That means targets that are agreed by all those involved in delivering and commissioning services, sensibly constructed, and whose implementation is fully costed and funded. And we must be alert to the unintended consequences; it can be too easy for investment and service decisions to be skewed to meet national targets rather than local priorities.
Structurally, mental health services operate at a disadvantage. There is significant variation in the quality of commissioning across the country and in the level of spend. This translates into a postcode lottery in terms of availability and sustainability of services, which needs to be addressed. The cuts in local government budgets only compound this, creating even greater demand for NHS mental health care. And we need to reinvest in good-quality research and data collection so that we can drive transparency in the quality of provision and enable accurate commissioning of comprehensive mental health care services. Here's hoping we can tick these off the list by the end of the year.
Read article online: The Guardian - Saffron Cordery
About 20 million people have signed the organ donor register, proving that a fully-engaged patient is possible. The NHS can streamline, innovate, cut and chivvy all it wants to improve quality and save money but only citizens can change how they use the service.
The NHS is a collective social insurance scheme that requires a sense of ownership and responsibility from all who pay into it, not just those who run it. And the only people who can truly save the NHS are the people who use it. Millions of citizens need to drive a paradigm shift in the provision of health and care.
The late Derek Wanless recognised this in his seminal report Securing our Future Health: Taking a Long-Term View. He created the concept of the fully engaged healthcare economy that would cost £30bn less a year by 2022. A figure that neatly meets the projected £30bn NHS funding shortfall.
If the public wants to maintain an NHS free at the point of need then people have to accept that they are responsible for the service and do some of the heavy lifting. Wanless went further, he said patients "should ensure their actions do not add unnecessarily to the cost of the service".
What is the first step? Help the NHS adopt technology. In a world where digital innovation can sweep the globe in months, the NHS is one of the most non-viral institutions in the world.
Read full article online: The Guardian - Jonathon Carr-Brown