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NHS organisations dominate NDL awards

Wins for Mersey Care and South East CSU

NHS organisations have dominated this year’s NDL Awards, which were announced at the recent annual NDL Software User Group meeting. NHS South East CSU won the Most Innovative Project while Mersey Care NHS Trust won the Best Mobile Project.

South East CSU’s winning project uses NDL’s awi SX integration toolkit to support a risk prediction initiative: this analyses historic patient healthcare events to identify those at high risk of future hospital admission.

Ninety GP practices are involved in the initiative, which uses awi SX to extract data from primary care systems: this is then integrated with feeds from hospital data, providing a history for each patient. The output gives each person a prediction of ‘likelihood of admittance to hospital’, based on all pertinent activity including scripts issued, diagnostic readings and a count of A&E attendances. A proactive care plan is then offered to these patients, aimed at avoiding an escalation into hospital.
The judges chose South East CSU because “it addresses the key aim of reducing hospital admissions. It is forward looking, imaginative and provides benefits to both patients and the Trust alike, as well as saving considerable amounts of time.”

Mersey Care’s winning project used NDL’s awi MX mobile toolkit to develop two mobile applications for the high-security Ashworth Hospital. The apps are supporting the paramount aim at the hospital of ensuring the wellbeing and safety of both patients and staff.

The Seclusion app supports staff working with segregated patients. They have to be observed every 15 minutes and notes are recorded in the in-house EPR system PACIS. The app runs on small iPod touch devices, enabling the nurses to quickly record the ‘observation’ which is then automatically uploaded into PACIS. On average 100,000 observations are recorded each month.

The Meaningful Activity app supports the CQUIN target of offering each patient 25 hours of meaningful activity per week. Using Android tablets, nurses are able to record offered and attended activity quickly and accurately. In the first three months of use, over 70,000 records were created, saving significant time and improving accuracy.

The judges chose Mersey Care because it “operates in a very sensitive and potentially dangerous area. It processes high volumes of data, therefore saving a considerable amount of time, and it supports the wellbeing of both staff and patients in addition to improving care.”

Declan Grogan, Managing Director of NDL, commented: “Both Mersey Care and South East CSU have used NDL products to improve the care of patients as well as to save time. One uses a mobile application to support very difficult work in a highly-sensitive and potentially dangerous area, and is delivering great efficiencies as well as improving the patient experience. The other supports the drive to reduce hospital admissions through innovative integration of care records to identify where resources should be directed. They are both worthy winners and great exemplars of how to use technology to improve patient outcomes.”

NDL supplies easy-to-use software toolkits to integrate disparate back-office systems and to develop offline, cross-platform mobile business applications. By radically simplifying these two key areas, NDL has given over 200 UK public sector organisations across local government and the NHS the ability to integrate and mobilise their systems. This has resulted in significant savings of both time and money, changing the way frontline services are being delivered. With a pedigree stretching over 30 years, NDL is a profitable UK company priding itself on both technical innovation and high standards of customer care.

For further press information, contact: Annie Noble, Noble Ink, annie@noble-ink.com; 01725 517550 or 07887 990526 or Helen Mountford, NDL Software Ltd, helen.mountford@ndl.co.uk; 01937 543500