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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
GENEO Software is an enterprise wide application for creating, governing, and managing all aspects of Standardised Work, also known as Standard Operating Procedures, or Work Instructions.
Overview of Innovation:
The GENEO Software was created in recognition of the difficulty most organisations have with the creation, governance, control and application of standardised work in the form of work instructions, local working procedures, standard operating procedures - each organisation has its own name.

Our software provides; 
  • A simple to use interface where documents are built and edited, without the formatting worries and headaches that come with Word or Excel.  
  • A governance framework that is both transparent and seamless, allowing an agile approach to recording process change and implementation.  
  • Full history and version control of documentation with changes and commentary around changes fully maintained.
  • Fully customisable output that can be paper based or presented on-screen - computer or tablet.
  • Web based application that enables enterprise wide access, based on flexible permissions structure, so that best practice may be shared.
  • Linking of work requirements to competencies in an auto-generated skills matrix
  • Linking of regulatory requirements to work instructions to fully understand where change is needed when it happens.
  • Binding NatSIPs to LocSIPs in a meaningful way to demonstrate compliance to nationally recognised best practice.
The software has been designed to bring empowerment to the workforce encouraging engagement in the use and creation of standards and work instructions.  
Managing the full cycle of change and improvement can now be done in one place. Leadership can enable staff to create and authorise, assign to a process flow, control competency and capture the training history. Also, on a micro level within the standardised work, teams can capture the one best way: the safest, most, quality assured and productive method, whilst benefiting from a knowledge management system for driving out waste.

All of the above provides the groundwork and stability required for the ultimate goal of Continuous Improvement. 
 
 
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
GENEO Software is an enterprise wide application for creating, governing, and managing all aspects of Standardised Work, also known as Standard Operating Procedures, or Work Instructions.
Overview of Innovation:
The GENEO Software was created in recognition of the difficulty most organisations have with the creation, governance, control and application of standardised work in the form of work instructions, local working procedures, standard operating procedures - each organisation has its own name.

Our software provides;
  • A simple to use interface where documents are built and edited, without the formatting worries and headaches that come with Word or Excel.  
  • A governance framework that is both transparent and seamless, allowing an agile approach to recording process change and implementation.  
  • Full history and version control of documentation with changes and commentary around changes fully maintained.
  • Fully customisable output that can be paper based or presented on-screen - computer or tablet.
  • Web based application that enables enterprise wide access, based on flexible permissions structure, so that best practice may be shared.
  • Linking of work requirements to competencies in an auto-generated skills matrix
  • Linking of regulatory requirements to work instructions to fully understand where change is needed when it happens.
  • Binding NatSIPs to LocSIPs in a meaningful way to demonstrate compliance to nationally recognised best practice.
The software has been designed to bring empowerment to the workforce encouraging engagement in the use and creation of standards and work instructions.  
Managing the full cycle of change and improvement can now be done in one place. Leadership can enable staff to create and authorise, assign to a process flow, control competency and capture the training history. Also, on a micro level within the standardised work, teams can capture the one best way: the safest, most, quality assured and productive method, whilst benefiting from a knowledge management system for driving out waste.

All of the above provides the groundwork and stability required for the ultimate goal of Continuous Improvement.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Education, training and future workforce / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Our framework makes the real time management of SOPs practicable, by saving more than 50% of the time consumed with conventional approaches.  In so doing it allows SOPs to come alive.  Participation enriches workforce empowerment and in turn participating clinicians can see their ideas for improvement coming to life to deliver their identified savings and better care.  This in turn delivers financial results whilst simultaneously improving the consistency with which care is delivered.
Initial Review Rating
4.20 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
The WM population would experience a best practice approach to care provision.  The GENEO system facilitates the sharing of best practice through controlled visibility of operating procedures.
The ability to create links to defined national best practice (NatSIPs), so that local best practice always mirrors the national expectation, means that customers of WM health services would receive the most up to date interpretation of best practice.
Clinicians and care providers normally involved in the creation and management of operating procedures would experience significant reduction in the time required to carryout these duties, potentially freeing them to spend more time caring for the people of the West Midlands.
 
Current and planned activity: 
GENEO is currently in the process of negotiating a pilot with Poole Hospital Trust.  If this is something that would interest you then please do get in touch to see how this could work in your organisation. 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
GENEO retains full intellectual property rights to the code for the software.  All documentation created and stored within the software remain the property of the customer and is fully exportable.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
Regional Scalability:

This browser driven, cloud based solution, is easy to pilot and seamless to roll out with pace and scale.

Measures:

 Resources and facilities differ widely across the sector making it inherently problematic to understand the differences in care delivery and the impact these differences have on a patients outcomes. It also follows that it is extremely difficult to standardise activities and procedures in this environment.
A widely adopted, shared platform of agreed standards of care, makes it possible to define what is meant by best practice and to use this understanding as an effective yardstick to drive improvement throughout the sector. The CQC monitors, measures and audits the standard of care in all institutions.
The Geneo platform, driven centrally by the NHS whilst possibly encouraging private care collaboration, is an ideal way to set and monitor expected standards. Obvious variations caused by disparities in resources and facilities between sectors or containers can also be accommodated.
The platform affords excelent and easy accesibility and transparency, which means thst new users are more readily engaged, feeling part of an inclusive, intuitive system which is eminently scaleable It brings a 25% increase in compliance improvement.
It makes writing standards 3x faster, and leads to a 40% reduction in the number of standards, and a huge improvement in people engagement. You easily share common activities,- write once/use anywhere. Printing and formating issues are a thing of the past, with a change log for all revisions.
Comprehensively controlled authorisations ensure good and consistent governance, Plug-in architecture allows fileds to be added ina controlled way.
 

Adoption target:

Agree authorisations required and scope set-up: 1 month
Train standards writing team,- team up to speed & comfortable with use: 1 week
Geneo develop optimum layouts for standard content,- simple to view and obvious to use: 2 weeks
Agree KPIs for applications as directed,- used to deliver success/delivered outcomes: 2 weeks
Reviews/ updates: ongoing

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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Achiever Medical LIMS helps research institutions to improve lab efficiency, facilitates return on investment into sample collections & demonstrates compliance to legislation. Inbuilt security protects patient identifiable data with controlled access
Overview of Innovation:
With increasingly stringent regulations and greater emphasis on profitability placed on laboratories, Achiever Medical LIMS was designed in conjunction with leading scientists & clinicians to provide an easy-to-use sample management system incorporating sample tracking, clinical data management, workload & communication management. The system addresses the gap left by traditional LIMS systems by providing enhanced donor and research profile data.
 
Achiever Medical LIMS is a process driven & web browser-based laboratory & clinical data management system that is flexible/scalable to evolve as needs develop. Using Open Standards to streamline the sharing of information across existing applications Achiever Medical LIMS allows data to be imported from, e.g. Patient Information & Storage Environment Management Systems, Lab equipment, Emails & Calendars for an holistic overview of samples, equipment, environment & workload.
 
Achiever Medical LIMS enables the mapping of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to ensure staff adhere to agreed standards, ensuring regulatory compliance & promoting quality, efficiency & consistency. Achiever Medical LIMS can assist in compliance with the Human Tissue Act, Good Laboratory Practice & CFR 21 Part 11.
 
Sample tracking functionality delivers complete traceability with automatic generation of unique reference numbers for each sample. Core sample details e.g. location/sample type are tracked as values change for a complete audit history. Sample profile information is captured including sample & tissue type, tissue collection details and associated patient & project information. Barcode labels can be generated for single/multiple samples & customised information can be contained within each label. These labels can be scanned to facilitate rapid sample retrieval.
 
Achiever Medical LIMS integrates data and processes across multiple faculties/diverse into a single solution. This enables authorised users to gain an holistic oversight, having full access to complete donor/patient records. Robust security filters and flexible tools within the LIMS allow the creation of custom levels of user security access to samples, donors or project information. This flexibility is especially useful for biobank or bio-repository management or when conducting multiple studies/clinical trials/projects with multiple collaborators. These tools support collaborative working and simplify a task that can otherwise be legislatively difficult and time-consuming.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Advanced diagnostics, genomics and precision medicine / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health
Benefit to NHS:
Achiever’s LIMS ability to quickly and efficiently organise samples for tracking, storage and retrieval, enables the full economic and scientific value of existing samples to be effectively realised and more efficient processing of sample requests and tests.
 
Achiever Medical LIMS enables sample aliquots to be easily generated from the parent record for complete traceability with a sample ‘family history’ view available, from both the parent & child records, allowing rapid navigation between samples within the same family.
 
Tools to enable the detailed tracking & monitoring of a sample via comprehensive sample location & check in/out auditing are provided. These include recording each time the sample is removed from its location, who checked it out and for what purpose. Samples that have been ‘checked out’ are easily identifiable and can be quickly ‘checked in’ when required along with their full audit trail information.
 
Samples used and associated stock depletion during testing or analyses are automatically flagged with Achiever Medical LIMS.
 
Composite samples such as Tissue Microarrays can be easily created within Achiever Medical LIMS, with each individual sample’s position within the composite sample recorded, any requests for removal can be easily and effectively managed.
 
External sample requests received by biobanks & bio-repositories can be managed through Achiever Medical LIMS using its built in management protocols. This facility provides staff with complete chain of custody details for each sample ((the person who requested the sample, reason for request, who approved the request & expected return date (if required) are captured)). Rejected requests are appropriately managed with reasons for rejection being recorded. Where only part of the sample is required, aliquots can be generated for the required amount along with accompanying complete family history record. Dashboards highlight samples due for return, allowing staff to monitor/chase up samples where required.
 
Achiever’s complete sample auditing & sample tracking functionality records changes by staff to core sample information. Audit trail information includes details of specific information fields changed, values pre & post change, date, time and name of the user who made the change etc. Chain of Custody details, including who checked in the sample, to whom it is checked out (where relevant), storage location, details of processing and projects included in are also captured.
Initial Review Rating
4.20 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
The West Midlands population has access to the most extensive range of specialist tests from a range of stakeholders, showcasing the potential of laboratory contributions to raise the profile of the research, clinical and diagnostic expertise of the region’s NHS laboratory staff.
 
For laboratories, biobanks and bio-repositories sample tracking & donor management capabilities are of huge importance in donor profiling, consent management, traceability, chain of custody & regulatory compliance.
 
The integration of a potentially region-wide system to manage tissue tracking across multiple teams, hospitals and sites can avoid duplication of data entry and maximise data quality while working within the IT and legislative constraints imposed by disparate working environments of the users.
 
Having sought approval for sample collection, samples need to be treated in line with SOPs and available for use in research both internally and with permitted collaborators.  Utilisation of samples is important to maximise the potential benefit from the donor and to make best use of the resources available to clinicians and researchers.  Cost recovery models allow for income generation to promote the sustainability of the biobank.
 
Improving the value of data quality enables laboratory staff and researchers to search for tissue samples from specific cohorts of donors, filtering by level of consent given by donors, allowing them to search for tissues that have not opted out of specific elements of research. This level of capability will allow biobanks and bio-repositories to service very specialist research requests, increasing value.
 
The quality of the donor, consent, storage and tissue viability data greatly increases the value of the tissues to laboratory staff and researchers. Once cleansed, Achiever Medical LIMS’s storage management capabilities help to increase levels of utilisation, reducing overhead costs per sample.
 
The ‘Achiever Medical Researcher Portal’ allows authorised collaborators to view restricted data for relevant samples.  This external view portal promotes the management of sample requests all within a single system, giving an easy means of sharing samples and the relevant data.  Automatic alerts ensure applications are managed efficiently.
 
In addition, reports and analysis providing real-time data, can be run at the touch of a button instead of valuable laboratory personnel spending days (sometimes weeks) painstakingly collating information from various spreadsheets.
Current and planned activity: 
We are a West Midlands based company wishing to work with our regional health providers.  
 
Our current users include Leeds (LTHT), Nottingham (NUH) and Cambridge (CUH) Trusts all of whom use the system to manage their research samples, donor data and to support HTA Audits.
 
Both NUH and CUH use Achiever Medical as part of their involvement with GEL.
 
Achiever Medical is being used to pioneer the data standards being promoted by UKCRC.
 
We would like to work with WMAHSN who are leading the collaboration of The West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre (WMGMC), a partnership of 18 NHS Acute Trusts across the region, working collaboratively to help to deliver the UK 100,000 Genomes Project.   
We would welcome the opportunity to discuss any requirements for sample management and donor management, projects and disease specific systems for either single organisations or multi-institutional requirements.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
All IP is owned by Interactive Software Limited.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
medium
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
2 years
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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