May 17, 2020

'Opt-out' organ donation laws could be imposed Wales

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Opt-out organ donation laws are being considered
The Welsh government has launched a consultation which is looking at the possibility of introducing soft opt-out donor laws to the UK. If the proposed...

The Welsh government has launched a consultation which is looking at the possibility of introducing soft opt-out donor laws to the UK.

If the proposed legislation is given approval, families would be unable to prevent their deceased relative’s organs being taken to be used in transplants unless they had opted out of the scheme.

An opt-out law would be the first of its kind to be imposed in the UK and it is hoped it will increase the number of organ donations, as the UK has one of the lowest rates in Europe.

The system of organ donation that is currently in place in the UK sees people opt-in to joining the donor registration if they want, it is not compulsory.

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Despite optimistic consultations and discussions currently taking place and the proposals gaining praise from health organisation, there have been some concerns over the plans.

The UK Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths, said she could not envisage a situation where doctors would take organs for transplant without having the families consent beforehand.

She also commented: “When people die, donation of their organs and tissues is often possible but currently does not happen - not because they did not wish to donate, but because they never got round to joining the organ donor register.

“Repeated surveys show the majority of people in the UK and Wales believe in organ donation, but only one in three people in Wales have joined the organ donor register.

Griffiths added: “Last year 67 percent of donors were not on the organ donor register. Therefore we believe creating an environment in which donation is the norm and will enable more organs to be available.”

If the proposals become reality, it is thought the new law will come into force in 2015.

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May 24, 2021

Schneider Electric's intelligent patient room: need to know

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We take a look at Schneider Electric's new smart patient room. 

Schneider Electric has launched a virtual showcase that features its new "intelligent patient room". What is it exactly? 

Who: Schneider Electric is a multinational that develops energy and automation solutions for many different industries - including hospitality, education, defence, and healthcare. Founded in 1836, today it is a Fortune 500 company, and it currently provides technology to 40% of hospitals around the world, among them Penn Medicine, one of the top hospitals in the US where Schneider's EcoStruxure for Healthcare is deployed, an IoT solution. 

What: Schneider has launched its Innovation Experience Live Healthcare Lab, an immersive experience that takes visitors through a demonstration of a hospital, including the doctor’s office, the operating room, and the intelligent patient room. 

The room features a digital patient footwall - a touchscreen that creates a single reference point for patients, families and healthcare providers, by incorporating care information, entertainment and environmental controls all in one place.  A separate digital patient door display has important information for healthcare staff. 

All Schneider's equipment is low-voltage, and integrated so that the patient room, clinical needs and IT are all seamlessly connected, what Schneider calls a digital “system of systems.”

Why:  Mike Sanders, Customer Projects & Services in Healthcare Innovation at Schneider Electric, explains: “The hospital of the future will need to put the patient experience at the forefront, using innovative and connected systems to provide superior in-hospital care experiences.” 

“With the shift to remote work and business brought forth by the pandemic, we knew that we needed to invest in a new virtual experience that showcases our vision for a truly integrated healthcare experience. We believe our intelligent patient room is the solution that our healthcare partners and customers have been looking for, and we’re excited to offer a way for them to experience it no matter where they are in the world.”

Where: The virtual experience was modelled after the new innovations installed at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, the first real-world installation of Schneider Electric’s fully integrated intelligent patient room technology. It is currently being hosted at the company’s St. Louis Innovation Hub and Innovation Executive Briefing Center (IEBC) facility.  

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