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Sean Donaghy, ehealth Director, addresses the large crowd at the latest Show and Tell event
Sean Donaghy, ehealth Director, addresses the large crowd at the latest Show and Tell event

A range of technology initiatives from across HSCNI were highlighted recently during the 7th eHealth Show and Tell event.

Organised by the ehealth and external collaboration directorate, the event in Craigavon attracted around 130 eHealth colleagues from across HSC – the largest attendance to date.

Welcoming attendees, director of ehealth, Sean Donaghy, said it was never a more important time to focus on how all HSC staff can support services for patients, users and their families, by making services safer, faster and better. He highlighted the ‘fantastic achievements’ of the initiatives and stressed the importance of working together and staying ambitious.

Attendees heard about a range of initiatives including the site coordination hub within the Northern Health and Social Trust’s Antrim Area Hospital, the results to date and lessons learnt from the  GovOffice feasibility study, which is examining an alternative option to using Microsoft products, and the pilot Ambulance Telemetry project.

Working with Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, and Belfast Trust’s Northern Ireland Specialist Transport and Retrieval (NISTAR), a joint paediatric and neonatal transfer service, the initiative allows clinicians on board an ambulance to access ECR and other systems, no matter where they are geographically to treat the patient en route to hospital.

The afternoon session included a presentation from the Health and Social Care Board’s Eddie Ritson who promoted the Digital Collaborative which seeks to encourage partnership with the research and development community, training and education, service improvement and innovation leads.

Other presentations included a joint  presentation by BHSCT and WHSCT on the iFit Records tracking system being used within both trusts, the use of Qlikview to drive forward data quality improvements and an update on the regional encompass programme which will introduce an integrated digital care record to Northern Ireland.