Great Ormond Street Hospital, London joins forces with Hyland Healthcare
London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has recently announced its decision to partner with Hyland Healthcare as part of its digital transformation.
Hyland is set to provide new software solutions to support the management of processes, content and cases across the hospital’s complex digital systems, in order to deliver exceptional solutions across its clinical application information. The company has been named one of Fortune's Best Companies to Work For since 2014.
Its software, OnBase, is set to fully integrate with the hospital’s existing digital tools and EPR vendor, Epic, to further enable the delivery and management of patient-led care and clinical application information.
The integration will also apply to the hospital’s Haiku and Canto mobile modules, to enable medical professionals and authorised users to access and store patient data anytime, anywhere through the use of cloud technology.
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Additionally, clinicians will gain the ability to take photos and videos, fill out electronic forms, capture digital signatures and complete deficiencies from a tablet or laptop in any location, all of which immediately associate with the appropriate patient record in Epic. This provides clinicians access to the most current and relevant clinical information, helping them respond with the most complete picture of every patient.
"Working with Hyland will be a game-changer. The OnBase Patient Window allows us to create a truly functioning archive with a seamless narrative of imaging to guide and optimise patient care," explained Dr. Shankar Sridharan, Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist and Chief Clinical Information Officer at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
GOSH's Hyland Healthcare solution is scheduled to launch in April 2019 alongside its Epic deployment.
"We value empowering healthcare providers with the tools and information they need to best serve patients and achieve the organization's full potential," said Susan DeCathelineau, Vice President of Global Healthcare Sales and Services at Hyland.
"Great Ormond Street Hospital's new solutions, combined with their existing technology suite, creates a technology platform ready for the modern healthcare landscape."
NHS staff face severe impact on mental health due to COVID
The decision to drop COVID-19 restrictions in England this month alarmed doctors in the National Health Service (NHS) while hospitalisations are on the rise. At the same time, hospitals have started cancelling operations again adding to the existing backlog of operations, which estimates say could take a year to clear.
Dr James Gilleen of the University of Roehampton and his Covida Project team are warning of the ongoing risks to the mental health of NHS staff, many of whom are traumatised from the first wave of infections. “As the UK continues to see COVID-19 infection numbers rise at a similarly alarming rate as those seen during the country’s second wave, it’s combined with a renewed strain on the NHS and its staff" he said.
The Covida Project is a digital tool created to assess the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on frontline workers including NHS staff, the police and carers.
“Healthcare workers are already exhausted and burnt-out; they are traumatised from their experiences of working during the pandemic. During the first wave in May 2020, a study from the Covida Project found an unprecedented quadrupling of the number of NHS staff with high levels of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compared to before Covid-19" Gilleen said.
"Having the most severe levels of these symptoms was statistically linked to four key factors - insufficient access or pressure to reuse Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), insufficient workplace preparation, insufficient training and communications, and a higher workload. Staff aren’t just anxious, depressed and traumatised from being over-worked – it is from feeling unsafe and at risk."
The Covida Project found that almost a third of healthcare workers reported moderate to severe levels of anxiety and depression. The number reporting very high symptoms was four times higher than before the pandemic.
Gilleen adds, “With COVID-19 restrictions now fully removed in England, NHS staff face the daunting triple-threat of rising Covid-19 hospitalisations, huge backlogs of medical operations to clear, and the added expectation of large increases in winter flu, which is already being seen even now in summer.
"These difficulties are present at a time when the NHS is already under-resourced, impacted by sickness and/or staff being ‘pinged’ to self-isolate through the government’s track and trace app, and staff continuing to fear the daily risk of infecting family and friends.
"Together these are considerable psychological burdens and create a perfect storm for the mental health and well-being of NHS staff."
Gilleen says there may be worse to come, especially if new, more transmissible variants develop. "Previous research after other pandemics such as SARS has shown that residual mental health symptoms like PTSD can continue for years, so the impact of repeated waves over the long-term will be potentially catastrophic for the mental health of NHS staff.
He has some clear recommendations to protect the wellbeing of frontline healthcare workers. “To protect the mental health of NHS staff they must feel they are less at risk or in danger, have access to the required level of PPE, not be continuously over-worked, with better staffing, more opportunities for rest and space to share their stress.
"Despite this and similar findings from other studies, still not enough is being done to protect NHS staff mental health and wellbeing and we fear it will continue to suffer in the months to come. With this comes the real risk that large numbers of staff will burn out or even quit the NHS.”