Technology and innovation

Computer, phone and tablet

Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust   The trust recently refreshed its process for catering procurement. Read Ian's blog which explains why they decided to include two recognised sustainability standards, the Soil Association’s Food for Life award and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Balanced Scorecard, in the process and the additional social value and promotion benefits that this created.
St Michael’s Hospital This hospital uses vCreate, a secure video messaging service for neonatal units to send video updates to parents of premature and sick babies for times when they are unable to be there. In this blog, one of the hospital’s lead sisters shares the emotional benefits the technology has brought to the families they care for.
University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) UHNM developed an app to monitor and support patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) to help reduce the amount of clinic visits and assessments. Many patients had to travel quite far to come to the clinics so this is helping to reduce carbon and improve outcomes for patients. The app acts as a direct communications channel between the patient and the clinical team and includes all the patient’s medical notes.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) LTHT is using barcoding technology as part of the DHSC ‘Scan4Safety’ project. It is helping staff to quickly and easily track each patient through their hospital journey. From the unique barcodes on wristbands patients receive when they enter hospital, to the barcodes used to record their medication and the equipment used in their treatment, each code can be scanned to show which member of staff administered each treatment, at what time and where. The technology is not only improving patient experience and reducing staff time, its reducing waste as it allows for effective management of medical stock.
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust and Salix A case study from George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust which used Salix funding as part of an energy performance contract to install a combined heat and power unit and low pressure hot water heat distribution system, estimated to save the Trust more than £9.2 million over its lifetime.
DEFRA Adam Turner, officer for sustainable and digital services explains in his presentation the work of the Green ICT Delivery Unit (GDU).

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