A TEAM of experts at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has won an award for using real time data to help improve patient care.
The Trust’s Health Informatics team won the Beautiful Information Innovation Prize for developing an in-house computer-based patient information system which replaced traditional white-boards on adult wards.
The new system, which is integrated with other important clinical tools such as test results and referral updates to help patients, is accessible via any Trust device and provides live, transparent and auditable information to help provide better care by knowing exactly where the patient is in the hospital and what treatment has been given and what the next steps are.
Steven Bloor, Chief Information Officer at the Trust, said: “The patient tracker has been developed in house by a dedicated team of clinical and informatics staff together.
“It has been a tremendous success on our wards and we are constantly looking how we can make further improvements to it to help as many patients as possible in as many areas as possible.
“Everyone involved should be really proud of this award which recognises their innovative work.’’
Dr Marc Farr, founder of Beautiful Information, said: “We found it incredibly humbling to see shortlisted entrants come from each corner of the country to share their ideas and to reach out to us to possibly help them take the next step.
“We are investigating putting together a national showcase event later this year to encourage the spread of innovation we have seen and we will also be developing a series of written and online resources so that we can spread the word quickly.”
Beautiful Information will now start to work with both teams to help them make the most of their innovations ensuring that staff and patients at each trust are able to benefit from them.
Caption: Dr Marc Farr, founder of Beautiful Information, presents members of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s IT team with their award.