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Press Release
7 October 2008
Putney, UK

University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust selects Datix

Datix Risk Management software enables the Trust to manage incidents, complaints and claims data, to improve patient services, governance and compliance with standards

DATIX Ltd, the UK market leader in software for quality and safety in healthcare, has announced that University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust has implemented its DATIX Risk Management software. The DATIX solution was selected from competitive products for its proven reputation and extensive use within the NHS. DATIX is used by managers and staff at the Trust.

Claire Rylands, Development Manager in the Clinical Governance, Audit and Risk Department at University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust said, “We need one centralised system to record information from all the different aspects covered by the department – claims, complaints, health and safety and governance.

“DATIX provides the functionality and features that we want. It has all of the modules that we need to bring the departmental information together and we can link files from different areas to allow us to use the information more intelligently. We have been really pleased with the success of DATIX. It touches a large number of staff and is now integral to our operations – we couldn’t do without it.”

The Trust has implemented key modules of DATIX including; Incident Reporting, Risk Register and Assurance Framework, Complaints Handling, Standards and Inquests management.

The Trust uses the DATIX solution to produce a Corporate Assurance Framework Report. Using the advanced functionality within DATIX, the team produces a monthly exception report from the Risk Register module of all corporate risks aligned to the updated action plan, also integrating information from incidents, complaints and claims. This report enables The Trust to prioritise corporate risk at the highest level, as well as manage key tasks and actions that need to be undertaken.

Another benefit has been the ability to flag new adverse incidents with a certain risk score, identifying potential connections at the earliest opportunity to enable managed action.

The DATIX solution also enables logging of different types of information via a web portal, making it widely accessible to Trust staff. The Standards module has enabled the team to gather and record information to meet NHS assessments criteria more easily. Each clinical division is able to log the evidence themselves, resulting in a more comprehensive record.

Daniel Hazan, General Manager of DATIX said, “We have developed DATIX software to create a comprehensive picture of an organisation's risks. Providing a risk Register and Assurance Framework allows these risks to be prioritised and enables senior executives to be assured that the Trust is managing risks effectively, as well as complying with legislation and delivering the best in patient care. The team at North Staffordshire has certainly implemented Datix thoroughly and is making excellent use of the software to achieve outstanding results.”

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About University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust

The University Hospital of North Staffordshire provides a full range of district hospital services to the local North Staffordshire population of around 470,000 and specialised acute services to a population of some three million in its local area, neighbouring counties and Wales.

The hospital is a recognised trauma centre and many emergency patients are brought from a wide area by both helicopter and land ambulance. The hospital also operates the Guy Hilton Research Centre, conducting medical research in partnership with North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust and Keele University.

For more information please visit: www.uhns.nhs.uk

About DATIX

DATIX is a global supplier of software for Patient Safety, Risk Management, incident and adverse event reporting. DATIX is provided as a standard package but its unique customisation features make it extremely flexible enabling it to be tailored to meet the requirements of any healthcare organisation anywhere in the world. Founded in 1986, DATIX is has over 400 customers – which includes more than three quarters of the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, major implementations in Canada and some of the world's leading private healthcare providers. DATIX was honoured in 2005 with a Queen's Award for Enterprise and Innovation. The company has a strategic alliance in Canada with Deloitte. DATIX is headquartered in London, United Kingdom.
To learn more, visit www.datix.co.uk or call + 44 (0)20 8780 1133

Copyright © 2007 DATIX Ltd. DATIX and the DATIX logo are registered trademarks of DATIX Ltd. All other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

For further information please contact:

Daniel Hazan
General Manager
Datix Limited
T: 020 8780 1133
E: dhazan@datix.co.uk

or

Mary Phillips
PR Artistry
Tel: 01491 639500
Email: mary@pra-ltd.co.uk


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