May 17, 2020

Mobile Carts Must Evolve

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Mobile Carts Must Evolve
Mobile computing carts commonly referred to as COWs (computers on wheels), are the most common form of “mobile” technology in hospitals. M...


Mobile computing carts commonly referred to as COWs (computers on wheels), are the most common form of “mobile” technology in hospitals. Mobile healthcare has come a long way over the past several years which begs the question; what happens to the COWs? Simply put, they evolve or they are passed over for a more convenient form of mobile technology.

In today’s high-speed environment, smartphones and tablets are making data accessible at the point of care. The adoption rate EHR’s has driven much of the demand for a real-time tool to access patient data. Small, easy to handle (and in most cases) touch screen devices make it easy for doctors and nurses to carry the device and update patient information in real-time. Even custom lab coats with special pockets to carry mobile devices are being designed to help with adoption of mobile technology in the health care industry. Todd Jackson the Executive Vice President of sales for Stinger Medical says,

“Clinicians continue to struggle completing real-time documentation. Instead, many complete what I call ‘near-time’ documentation. This is where a nurse or physician enters data into the EHR after the appointment — either in an office or at a mobile cart or fixed workstation in the hall. The reason? Their mobile carts don’t facilitate real-time data entry at the patient bedside. Historically, many mobile cart and fixed-mount solutions weren’t really designed around clinician workflows. This needs to change.”

The benefits of doctors and nurses being more mobile outweigh the negative factor, which can be small a margin of error when using the touch screens some of the mobile devices. While adoption of mobile technically is increasing worldwide, there is still a mentality of “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” filtering among some health care professionals. 

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Jun 18, 2021

Skin Analytics wins NHSX award for AI skin cancer tool 

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Skin Analytics uses AI to detect skin cancer and will be deployed across the NHS to ease patient backlogs

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.”

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