Informatics Merseyside chooses NDL for mobile working apps
Informatics Merseyside has selected specialist software company NDL as its partner to create mobile working applications which it will offer to its client trusts.
The deal also presents significant opportunities for both Informatics Merseyside and NDL. NDL now works with more than 60 healthcare companies.
The software team of NDL will allow Informatics Merseyside’s in-house development team to design and build bespoke apps and also ensure that they are fully integrated with back-office systems.
The apps, which will be viewable on smartphones and tablets will enable the remote clinical staff to view and update patient records during or immediately after the consultation and also obtain the latest medical advice and protocols.
The data is collected with the consent of patients, encrypted and kept in accordance with both Government and Informatics Merseyside’s standards.
Stephen Appleton clinical informatics lead for the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention ICT programme at Informatics Merseyside said, “We chose to work with NDL because they have a strong track record in the healthcare sector and their technology offers the flexibility we needed to deliver mobile working solutions very effectively. “
Mr. Appleton also said, “The benefits of agile working are immense. More flexibility, efficient working practices, increased time with patients and reduced travel times will increase the quality of healthcare provided and will repay the investment in developing service specific apps.”
Bernie Cuthel, Chief Executive for Liverpool Community Health, NHS Trust where the project will be first implemented said, “LCH is passionate about utilizing new technology to improve the quality of care delivered, empower patients, and deliver efficient services, which will be even more important as we look towards growing future demand.”
Informatics Merseyside is an NHS shared service providing information, management and technology services to NHS Trusts. It also provides services to stakeholders including Royal Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trust Liverpool Heart & Chest NHS Foundation Trust, Mersey Care NHS Trust, Aintree University Hospitals NJS Foundation Trust, Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, NHS Merseyside, Merseyside Commissioning Support Service, Walton Centre for Neurology NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals NHS Trust, Liverpool Deanery, Central Operations Merseyside, Mersey Internal Audit Agency and the National Prescribing Centre.
NDL’s integration technology provides real-time, bi-directional data flow to a majority of back-office applications; enhance the service that public service companies can deliver.
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.”