National recognition for hospital trust's IT innovation


IT staff at Southampton’s university hospitals have picked up a top national award for their wireless remote access programme, which is helping to save lives by reducing delays in diagnosis and treatment.

Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust’s information management and technology team collected the E-Health Insider best use of wireless healthcare award at an event held in London.

The programme extends the Trust’s existing wireless network from the main hospital buildings into the homes and remote offices of doctors and other senior medical staff.

It has proved to be a contributing factor in saving lives at the hospital and at centres along the South Coast and the Channel Islands.

Adrian Byrne, senior information management and technology manager at SUHT, said: “This award is a great indication of how the Trust is leading the way in providing the best possible care for patients.

“Our wireless remote access programme has been a huge success with medical staff, who have been able to reduce delays in diagnosis and treatment for many of the most time-critical illnesses through working remotely.”

The awards scheme, now in its third year, is designed to recognise and reward the efforts of outstanding teams and individuals in UK healthcare information technology.

Jon Hoeksma, editor of E-Health Insider, said: “Healthcare information technology is a vital component of all plans for modernising the NHS and producing health services that are fit for the 21st century. We are proud to celebrate the work of people who are showing the way forward in this sector.”

Posted on Monday 26 October 2009