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New technology initiatives highlighted at latest eHealth Show and Tell event


Soo Hun, Programme Manager, Centre for Connected Health, providing an update on Apps 4 Dementia progress

A range of technology initiatives from across HSCNI were highlighted recently during the eighth eHealth Show and Tell event.

Organised by the eHealth directorate, the event in Craigavon Civic Centre attracted around 115 HSC colleagues from across Health and Social Care.

The event was opened by Eddie Ritson, Programme Director, Centre for Connected Health, who introduced Dan West, Chief Digital Information Officer (CDIO) at the Department of Health via a selfie video.

Welcoming attendees Dan outlined plans to develop new innovation architecture over the next six-12 months.

“We are very good at piloting innovations that we know are going to contribute to the development of our services,” he said.

“What perhaps historically we have been less good at is taking that multi-disciplinary approach that brings all of our stakeholders along on that innovation journey with us so we can ensure that together we have the best possible opportunity to scale proven innovations.”

Attendees heard about a wide range of initiatives starting with a presentation given by Sarah McCann and Lesley Alexander from Northern Trust unveiling the Epilepsy Awareness eLearning Programme.

Also from the Northern Trust Dr Gareth Lewis described how a new Digital Medical Take on system for doctors trialled at Antrim Area Hospital has improved patient safety, while Deirdre Lavery and Emma Cameron detailed plans to improve communication among Allied Health Professionals as they work alongside families and children.

Stephen Beattie and Anne Mulgrew, from Business Services Organisation, provided an update on the Patient Portal Dementia Pathfinder project , including a demo of ‘My Care Record’, a web based application which allows patients and their carers to view hospital appointments, access information and communicate with those providing their care.

From Belfast Trust Kate Moore, Maureen Sharpe and Alex Byrom explained the advantages of the Trainee Doctors Portal used within BHSCT, Dr Catherine Weaver from Southern Trust highlighted the impact on storage requirements following a pilot to scan and store information currently held on paper records.

Roisin Devlin and Dr Simon Coulter from South Eastern Trust focused on the positive impact of Vocera in improving patient continuity across care settings, while Mark Toal and Shaureen Quinn from Southern Trust outlined the family and childcare implementation on PARIS, explaining how it has widened the scope of access to children at risk information.

The Public Health Agency’s Soo Hun highlighted a new online digital service, the Apps 4 Dementia library, to help those with dementia and their carers, while Dr Max Watson, the Board’s Martin Hayes and Dr Janet Diffin highlighted the growing influence of Project ECHO® which utilises technology to deliver specialist training and support practitioners which in turns increases the knowledge and confidence of practitioners to manage patients in primary care.

Concluding a successful day encompass programme director, Gary Loughran and senior project manager Laura Malloy gave an update on the encompass programme and Julie Andrews from the British Computer Society (BCS) gave a presentation on Professionalising the Workforce for the future.