Cobweb Solutions signs partnership deal with Plain Healthcare
Leading cloud services provider Cobweb Solutions and Plain Healthcare Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Avia Health Informatics Plc has announced partnership in the development of Odyssey CareAssess Hosted Desktop.
The partnership will provide secure access for multiple residential care homes and health service providers to support the treatment and assessment of elderly residents reduce hospital emergency department referrals and removing the stress related to the residents associated with hospitalization.
The solution enables the care staff to appropriately manage a complete range of unforeseen clinical events. It will also minimize the disruption and costs associated with avoidable GP referrals and emergency admissions to the hospital, and also help in reducing the risk of complaint or litigation.
Tim Morris, Managing Director at Plain Healthcare said, “Staff working in care homes will be able to better assess residents from any location in the care home as they’’ log into systems remotely.”
Mr. Morris also said, “Security is essential where mobile devices are being usd. Importantly, Cobweb’s Hosted Desktop means no data is retained on the device, a key factor is ensuring patient information remains secure.” Julian Dyer, CEO at Cobweb Solutions said, “With this partnership, care homes benefit from a secure resilient solution without the costs of our expensive IT systems and management teams.”
Mr. Dyer also said, “Cobweb’s Hosted Desktop solution is the perfect fit for our businesses with no IT support and very little system knowledge.”
Cobweb is an application service provider and early adopter of Microsoft Hosted Exchange. The company helps SME, mid-enterprise and channel markets to deliver messaging, collaboration and unified communications to support business efficiency.
Skin Analytics wins NHSX award for AI skin cancer tool
An artificial intelligence-driven tool that identifies skin cancers has received an award from NHSX, the NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care's initiative to bring technology into the UK's national health system.
NHSX has granted the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award to DERM, an AI solution that can identify 11 types of skin lesion.
Developed by Skin Analytics, DERM analyses images of skin lesions using algorithms. Within primary care, Skin Analytics will be used as an additional tool to help doctors with their decision making.
In secondary care, it enables AI telehealth hubs to support dermatologists with triage, directing patients to the right next step. This will help speed up diagnosis, and patients with benign skin lesions can be identified earlier, redirecting them away from dermatology departments that are at full capacity due to the COVID-19 backlog.
Cancer Research has called the impact of the pandemic on cancer services "devastating", with a 42% drop in the number of people starting cancer treatment after screening.
DERM is already in use at University Hospitals Birmingham and Mid and South Essex Health & Care Partnership, where it has led to a significant reduction in unnecessary referrals to hospital.
Now NHSX have granted it the Phase 4 AI in Health and Care Award, making DERM available to clinicians across the country. Overall this award makes £140 million available over four years to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence technologies which meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Dr Lucy Thomas, Consultant Dermatologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, said: “Skin Analytics’ receipt of this award is great news for the NHS and dermatology departments. It will allow us to gather real-world data to demonstrate the benefits of AI on patient pathways and workforce challenges.
"Like many services, dermatology has severe backlogs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This award couldn't have come at a better time to aid recovery and give us more time with the patients most in need of our help.”