10 April, 2017 - 13:29Airglove: air warming system for venous access (#2325)Airglove is a unique warming system developed to enable access to the veins in a patients arm for the delivery of intravenous drugs. It gently heats the patients arm up as it forces warm air through a single use double walled polythene glove.
Airglove warming system works in just 3 minutes gently heating the patients arm to the selected temperature. Its is so easy to use the nurse/practitioner simply selects the chosen temperature setting according to the patients skin type, places the patents arm in the double walled polythene glove and selects start. The patient will feel the warm air fill the glove up and vent away through a single slit perforation and after 3 minutes the machine will automatically stop with an alert sound.
Patient Clinical Considerations
With extended courses of treatment such as chemotherapy repeated cannulation is often required. Airglove can benefit fragile or hidden veins by warming the local area which gently raises the veins allowing for the insertion of the cannula. This reduces the time taken, costs and the number of attempts required which is more comfortable for both the patient and nurse/practitioner.
In addition to the benefits of easier cannulisation Airglove can help to make the patient more comfortable and relaxed with its gentle warming system with the confidence that the nurse practitioner will be able to access their veins.
The temperature can be selected to suit each skin type sensitive 31.5C, normal 35.5C or slightly heavier 38.5C with the Airglove automatically re-setting itself to normal skin type (setting 2: 35.5C) after each use. After 3 minutes the Airglove unit automatically switches off with an alert sound.
No more improvisation with warm water, heat packs or even heated towels to try and gain access to patients veins which can be a Health & Safety issue.
Approved Medical Device
Airglove has taken 3 years of development, research, testing and clinical trials by Green Cross Medico in conjunction with NHS Innovations South East and The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust hospital. It was developed as there was a clearly defined and acknowledged need by medical professionals at The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust hospital oncology department. Further clinical trials will be starting shortly with Cardiff University.
Airglove is registered with the MHRA and Certified as a Medical Device.
7 April, 2017 - 12:11VSE Innovation Implementation Solution (#2321)Value Stream Experts (VSE) propose to utilise our proven and successful methodology: the VSE Innovation Implementation Solution to bring innovation capability to the WMAHSN region and underpin the Innovation Fellowship Programme.
The VSE Innovation Implementation Solution uses Lean Management improvement techniques to de-risk and ‘ease’ innovation implementation; so that the innovation idea comes to fruition rather than the common risk of failing due to the inevitable barriers that WILL be experienced, as witnessed countless times by our team over decades of change and new innovation adoption in Healthcare.
Value Stream optimisation, root cause problem solving and other waste elimination skills applied to innovation adoption will support benefits happening sooner, eliminate resistance to change from operational teams and will make marginal ROI innovations into firm feasible propositions.
This is achieved by applying a holistic and planned approach:
- Mapping the overall process / patient journey
- Identifying all barriers and constrictions to consistency of flow
- Engaging stakeholders and driving the multiple improvements to the whole pathway
- Carefully linking implementation of the innovation stage by stage, with the operational team’s required adapted behaviour and performance requirements
The methodology will be implemented by using VSE expert coaches coupled to existing WMAHSN region NHS internal experts to build the Innovation Fellowship Programme.
Learning by doing, coupled to education in the appropriate tools and techniques will enable members of the Innovation Fellowship Programme to deliver innovation implementation projects and gain the confidence to ensure sustainable repetition.
30 March, 2017 - 11:58Rocketeer Enterprise - Experts in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (#2306)My name is Richard Wood, the CEO of Rocketeer Enterprise, a specialist company in enterprise and entrepreneurship. Our USP is that our content and courses are accredited and have a specific digital and tech focus. This ensures all our programmes recognise the importance of the rapidly changing and ever evolving digital landscape that we are all in the midst of.
We work closely with the sector skills body for enterprise, SFEDI awards UK and the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs, the IOEE. This ensures all of our courses and programmes are fully accredited.
We currently work closely with Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as well as Prisons (we currently have our courses and programmes in 9 prisons), Colleges, Sixth Forms, Universities and Charities.
We have been working with the Prison Education Trust for the past 12 months, with our 'pioneering courses' being offered to all prisoners in England and Wales. We recently met the under secreatry of state for the Ministry Of Justice and are currently in talks with the probation service and the DWP.
We work closely with our partners to create bespoke programmes and all of our programmes can be accessed online via our enterprise platform or in physcial form with course folders.
We recently launched our 'incubator' programme allowing clients to progress from academic learning through our innovative incubator syllabus, which supports clients as they start their business, research the IP and develop the idea. For one client we operate this as a 12 week programme and for another 12 months.
We work closely with specialist partners to ensure we can offer the complete innovation service, including business model development, graphic design (with our sister digital branding agency company - www.highligh.design), right through to generating customers and clients online with an effective social media and digital marketing strategy.
We have a highly credible team of advisors who either work for or have worked with GE Power, Rolls Royce, Google, JCB, KPMG and Porsche to name but a few. In fact one of our advisors currently sits on the board for the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust.
I would be delighted to have the opportunity to meet your senior team to see if there are collaborative opportunities as we all move forward through what some are calling the 2nd Industrial revolution!
For more information visit www.rocketeer.ac or contact Richard on 07985925175
29 March, 2017 - 14:34Splunk for Digital Health - Real-time data for efficiently run hospitals (#2300)Unlike other business intelligence tools, Splunk is platform-agnostic and can address ‘ad hoc’, non pre-programmed questions. Converging Data Ltd provides secure, on-premise or a hybrid cloud solution that combines and analyses structured & unstructured data from multiple sources, including but not limited to HL7 data, even collecting data directly from internal data networks.
This data can be interpreted without the need for predefined schemas and structures, providing real-time performance monitoring across entire care pathway.
Converging Date Ltd has created specific healthcare applications utilising the Splunk software platform.
Splunk makes it simple to collect, analyse and maximise the value of big data generated by security systems and business applications and improve operational performance and results.
Healthcare Services & Care Pathways can be visualised and analysed using the IT Health Intelligence solution & HIX (HL7 Health Intelligence Connector).
Gathering data from multiple sources, in different formats and without consistent standards is what Splunk does best. HIX takes HL7 data from PAS, Pathology, Pharmacy or Electronic Health Records and provide a clear picture of how care is being delivered in real time.
HIX allows organisations to easily collect HL7 data commonly transferred between clinical and administration systems.
The Care Pathway Profiling tool allows data to be represented in a form that can be mapped to local physical or logical care pathways. Alerting options ensure that the right people are notified when thresholds in service levels are reached.
This powerful, easy-to-use business intelligence tool analyses real-time data from multiple sources, enabling managers to run more efficient healthcare services. By gathering existing structured and unstructured data from across the organisation Splunk allows healthcare providers to view the entire care pathway and direct resources to address rapidly changing conditions.
The Patient Flow module can easily be tuned to match local care pathways and service delivery models. Advanced analytics can be used to track organisation’s KPIs and highlight anomalies & identify root causes.
The Patient Flow module uses the Healthcare Common Information Model (HCIM) that ensures data received from multiple systems can be mapped to HL7 standards and local nomenclature. HCIM allows searching and reporting across systems which are interdependent, but not interconnected.
27 March, 2017 - 07:22ScanNav® for Obstetrics Limited First Release (LFR) (#2290)ScanNav® is a software package that provides support to sonographers during the 20 week fetal anomaly scan. It gives real time feedback to the screener on whether paused images are fit for purpose, and on whether the protocol has been followed. It is a peer review, a checklist with which the sonographer may disagree at any time.
- Trained by human experts
- Always available
- Supports and assists in the supervision of newly qualified sonographers.
- Provides oversight of locum sonographers.
- Performs automated, prospective second trimester anomaly scan audit.
- Provides real-time support for sonographers.
ScanNav® automatically examines each image as soon as the sonographer presses pause.
It determines which (if any) FASP fetal anatomy view it represents. It then assesses fitness for purpose against the FASP criteria, reporting that opinion graphically, and giving the sonographer the option to disagree if they wish.
If the sonographer agrees, then no interaction is necessary.
If the sonographer choses to save the image, ScanNav® adds those criteria to the overall record of the view.
A separate interface allows managers to examine individual scans or aggregate performance against FASP criteria. Over time, as the system observes many scans, statistics on scan completeness and quality are collated and can be presented as an audit report.
The sonographer always retains primacy. ScanNav® acts as a consistent colleague. ScanNav® always allows the sonographer to disagree with it.
20 March, 2017 - 14:52An Improved Diagnostic Assay for Nasogastric Feeding Tube Placement (#2287)~1 million nasogastric (NG) feeding tubes are used annually in the UK, (10 million in the EU), with use growing at 7% per year driven by an ever aging population. NG feeding tubes are inserted into the stomach via the nose and esophagus to feed and medicate hospital patients and others requiring enteral nutrition. NG feeding tube misplacement (to the lungs) is a major unresolved problem causing patient injury or even death. Prior to initiating patient feeding/medication, correct NG tube placement in the stomach must be confirmed by bedside pH paper assay of a tube aspirate reading ≤pH5.5 (due to gastric acid). Up to 40% of NG intubated patients have reduced/no gastric acid and so require chest X-rays to confirm tube placement before feeding/medication. Confirmation of NG feeding tube placement through X-rays result in (i) increased NHS costs, exposure of patients to ionising radiation, treatment delays, and poor patient/bed management. Ingenza has developed an NG tube placement verification assay that is more sensitive, lower cost and consistent with current medical practice that could reduce unnecessary X-rays by >90%. Ingenza conceived a new enzyme-based diagnostic test for NG tube placement verification. Our test is simple and low cost with high sensitivity/specificity. Moreover, by augmenting the current pH-based placement test, our assay requires no alteration to existing NHS procedures and no additional training for deployment in clinical practice. Our test detects the impact of organic acid release from an ester substrate (impregnated onto modified pH paper) by the action of a stomach-specific enzyme - human gastric lipase (HGL). An Innovate UK BioMedical Catalyst-funded multi-hospital trial of Ingenza’s assay is underway involving >200 patients. Ingenza is actively seeking collaborators/partners to: (i) accelerate clinical evaluation/adoption of our proprietary NG feeding tube placement assay and (ii) make, market, distribute and sell Ingenza’s enhanced NG tube placement verification assay.
17 March, 2017 - 16:33doDOC: Delivering the true potential of remote teams through real-time content collaboration (#2285)Life Science and Academic organizations operate in an extremely document-intensive, highly regulated environment. doDOC support this critical process of producing collaborative, compliant, quality documents within tight deadlines.
Whether working with a few individuals or large geographically diverse teams, doDOC makes the co-authoring, review and approval process less painful and more efficient by ensuring neither document quality nor deadlines are compromised in a integrated platform solution.
Documentation processes are typically managed in silos by multiple software in each working group of individuals leading to errors, duplicated information and delays, wasting billions of working hours every year.
doDOC proposal is simple: a single collaborative platform for the creation of documents with granular control over information processes and a system capable of integrating information from multiple sources avoiding duplication and manual tasks, generating a comprehensive audit trail with measurable effectiveness.
How doDOC does that?
1 – Streamlining collaboration and avoiding typical project miscommunication problems;
2 – Automating workflows, ensuring that the right people is doing the right thing in the right moment;
3 – Changing the writing process from a step by step reality to a concurrent and symbiotic experience;
4 – Bringing automation to technical tasks related with document production that until now undermine productivity;
5 – And since doDOC tracks every single event over the entire project, doDOC provides unique insights to allow managers and team members to track progress and access performance in real-time.
This change in the technology behind the creation of information allows doDOC users to decrease immensely the total time for the execution of their document-based projects.
Absolute Security: Full confidentiality, integrity, availability and auditability;
Real-time Collaboration: Collaborate in real-time across departments, regions and organizations.
Automatic Formatting: Full focus on content and automated publishing;
Full Control: Notifications, roles and accesses controlled automatically;
Information Integration: Centralize all records and information in one place;
Custom Workflows: Drive processes automatically and improve efficiency;
Simple Project Management: Optimize virtual teams and operations;
100% Traceability: Provide real-time insight with activity dashboards.
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6 March, 2017 - 12:33Adaptive Learning: ‘Proof of Concept’ Educational Programme (#2274)In an increasingly connected world people are better informed than ever before. They have instant access to innovations and ideas from around the globe. They have opinions, ideas and want to be involved and able to make a difference.
The ambition of the WMAHSN to explore the development of a ‘proof of concept’ one-year educational programme for junior and middle managers provides exactly the right opportunity to embrace the requirements of a contemporary workforce.
The programme needs to accommodate the learning requirements of delegates from a mix of professional backgrounds, clinical specialisms and experience. This richness and diversity provides the best possible incentive for us, together, to design a training approach that is:
· Engaging: We use a range of activities and exercises to develop understanding
· Practical: Activities based around solving actual workplace issues provides the operational context required to successfully translate academic theory into a useful, useable improvement tool
· Positive: Delegates can explore, develop and practice new skills, in a non-threatening, supportive environment
· Reflective: Many of us need time to reflect on what we’ve learnt and consider how we will introduce it to colleagues and apply it in our workplace
· Conversational: We can learn as much from each other through discussion as we can from theories and concepts
· Flexible: Delegates will want to access training at times and formats to suit their work schedules and availability
Our vision for the programme
It is entirely healthy to encourage people to provide informed challenge to the way work gets done. To be able to say “hang on a minute, that might not be quite right” or “but that solution doesn’t fit my problem”.
Beyond simply informing people about concepts and theory, important as this is, the programme should seek to:
· Provide delegates with an understanding of a whole range of ideas, concepts and business models
· Actively encourage the exploration of new ideas and stimulate different ways of thinking
· Prepare delegates for the challenges of overcoming resistance and creating political will
· Help them to become confident in the practical application, delivery and adoption of new ways of working
We would welcome an opportunity to work with WMAHSN and any other selected training partners in the design, development and delivery of this ‘Proof of Concept’ Educational Programme.
23 February, 2017 - 11:14Eye Hyper Tracking System - Eye Tracking Glasses (#2271)Eye Hyper Tracking System - Smart Wearable
Viewpointsystem has developed a completely new system to measure and understand human perception through the eyes.
The Eye Hyper Tracking doesn't just capture the line of sight,but also how the person reacts to what is seen. The system in the form of smart lightweight safety rated glasses allows extremely precise measuring of observations and insights coupled with the ability to SHARE what is being seen via REMOTE LIVE STREAMING.
- Telemedicine - A health professional can conduct or instruct a procedure with the aid of a precise hands free view.
- Training - Any aspect of training can be covered, be it a live event or with the ability to record 'what is seen' it can be then shared, learned from and shown as a unique prespective into the instructor or wearers' viewpoint and preception
- Paramedic / 1st Responder - Imagine a world where an expert can see what you are looking at and give you on the spot support. Envisage a paramedic or 1st responder calling in advance to show the recieving hospital the extent or seriousness of a situation
- Improving Results - Instructions are often given and confirmed as being understood, communication is key in getting things right first time. With a view of 'how' to carry out a instruction, in certain circumstances a person viewing your first attempt is both supportive and safe.
- Reducing Costs - Specialists cannot be everywhere all of the time. With a live streaming function, they are only ever a click away to see what you see, thus reducing the need to travel, rebook appointments, move from place to place.
The revolution in the measurement and interpretation of human perception has truly begun.
14 February, 2017 - 10:23Total Radiology Solution : Paperless & Effective Workflow from Start to Finish (#2263)Total Radiology Solution including RIS and other innovative solutions has been designed to increase efficiency in hospitals and clinics - not just to store patients’ data. It’s unique innovation can be seen in:
- Cost savings and increased productivity
- Increase revenues for hospitals and clinics: web booking, schedule optimisation
- Reduce errors and staff duties
Aptvision RIS is the most innovative RIS on the market offering fully paperless workflow from start to finish: eReferral letters automatically attached to the RIS, e-consent forms, Online Results, etc. Aptvision RIS also assures:
- Electronic access to all documentation and forms
- Quick access to all medical history
- Fully web based, no installation - just the web browser
- Ability to report on studies from any location without a need of installing dedicated software on individual doctor’s PC.
Much more than a standard RIS, Total Radiology Solution offers:
- Fully integrated Web Booking in which patients can book their appointment like a seat on an airplane. From the clinic’s website patients can see which appointments are available for the type of exam they need and book it immediately.
- Aptvision’s system automatically provides a call back from a clinic’s Call Centre, to verify the selected appointment and go through safety questions. The operator is prompted by the system to ask the appropriate questions.
- This feature has reduced the 40% dropped calls rate to zero and practically eradicated no shows and errors.
- Before the appointment, the patient receives a SMS Reminder of their visit and gains access to the Online Consent Form. They can complete it on their phone or computer before their visit day.
- On the appointment day, patients can use Online Registration in the clinic using the interactive kiosk or tablet & without the need to stand in a long queue at the reception. They can also monitor their live updated waiting time on dedicated monitors.
- The electronic consent form as well as all previous medical history is attached to patient’s record in Total Radiology System leading to completely Paperless Workflow. Once the appointment is completed, patient is informed with an SMS telling them their results are ready and can be viewed in the Online Results portal if this is appropriate.
- Voice Recognition to more quickly create medical reports
- Scan Audits to improve the quality of the reports and enable sharing of expertise.
7 February, 2017 - 10:44QDoc: A user friendly mobile application for shared decision making in mental health (#2257)John impressed me with occasional sparks of intelligence and wit. When I first saw him in outpatients, he had all too familiar decline in his personality resulting from a severe mental illness. As a bright young man he was able to secure a place at Oxford for studying history, his long term passion. He was brilliant in his studies but then unfortunately had a gradual decline in studies and in less than one year he had to leave his course.
John appeared hostile in consultations.His mother who supported him in his struggle against voices, delusions and social isolation sat quietly during the appointments, bewildered and confused about what has happened to her very intelligent son.
Despite my best efforts, I could not persuade John to engage in my consultations. He and his mom appeared to be happy with the care but they appeared to have little to ask. The appointments were stereotyped; checking of symptoms, medications, mostly acrimonious debate against continuing treatments and the next appointment.
Once I asked whether they will be interested in few questions which other patients had asked me about their condition. Slightly puzzled as to why a consultant would give them questions to ask (and not answers!), they agreed. I gave John few questions for each appointment, which either John could explore himself or simply bring them to the next appointment.
Gradually the consultations became more engaging and I could see sparks of brilliance in the questions.John now demanded answers to the questions which became more challenging for me. His mother also asked interesting questions, not merely sitting as spectator. For the first time, I could see the shared decision making in action!
That was the start of QDoc (Questions from doctor). I developed a user friendly mobile application that provides all the questions service users can ask in psychiatric consultation about any aspect of illness. Patients can select appropriate questions for each consultation and also add their own questions or notes. QDoc also has other functions to organise the consultation in most effective way. No more scribbling on pieces of paper and then looking for them in the consultation hurriedly!
I have ideas to develope the utilities and functions in QDoc,making it one of the most powerful tools for shared decision making and self-management. I am keen to collaborate to take this further. QDoc is avialable at Google app store bleow
3 February, 2017 - 14:42Mental Health First Aid and Resilience Training for NHS Staff (#2251)NHS staff are more likely than the rest of the working population to become patients, increasing demands on the system they work in (King's Fund).
Altruist Enterprises are experienced in providing training to help organisations to prevent, identify and tackle stress within organisations.
Since forming in 2013, we have grown from 1 trainer to 3 members of staff and 10 contracted trainers delivering courses nationally with notable customers including Birmingham Children's Hospital, Solihull Council and WMAHSN.
We currently offer the following main courses to the NHS:
Resilience Training - A 3 hour course which helps employees to manage stress and build resilience in an everchanging work environment using proactive approaches.
“I learnt how to recognise situations in my daily working and home life that I can work on to reduce my personal stress and build my resilience. We were taken through a process which allowed us to challenge our negative thoughts and look at things from a different perspective. A very helpful course”. Federica Merella, Consultant Anaesthetist, Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Mental Health First Aid Lite - A 3 hour evidence based mental health awareness course accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.
“We learnt about some of the main mental health problems, how to support others who may be experiencing issues and also discussed ways to support our own well-being. The course was very thought provoking”. Sophia Nasreisfahany, Solihull Council
Adult Mental Health First Aid - A 2 day evidence based indepth mental health awareness course accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.
"This 2 day training delivered by Altruist was one of the most fulfilling training courses I have attended. Having worked in the NHS for 17 years and managing staff for 13 of those I found this course enlightening. It compounded how mental health affects us all no matter what your background is. It also really tackled the stigma of using the words “mental health”. Practical advice, tips and scenarios were used to give us a toolbox of strategies to help staff. On reflection of my own career I now realise I have been in this position many times and now I feel more empowered and equipped to deal with these sensitive situations". Helen Hunt, WMAHSN
We measure outcomes including increases in knowledge and personal confidence in supporting others. We can also measure reduction in absenteeism and recently helped a local charity reduce absence by 25%.