An innovative web-based application that is improving end of life care for patients across the country has been shortlisted for a national award. Adastra End of Life Care Register, delivered by Advanced Health & Care (AHC) is one of five products that has been shortlisted in the Healthcare IT product innovation category at the E-Health Insider Awards 2011 (EHI Awards). The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 6 October 2011 at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.
Now in its fifth year, The EHI Awards in association with BT, recognise and reward the work done by the NHS to improve healthcare through excellent and innovative technology. Judged by a panel of distinguished industry experts including Christine Connelly, director general informatics at the Department of Health, the awards are regarded as one of the most influential arbiters of healthcare industry performance.
The Adastra End of Life Care Register (EOLCR) enables healthcare professionals to gain a complete and up-to-date picture about patients nearing the end of their life. The unique web-based system can be fully integrated into urgent and unscheduled care services and stores essential end of life information such as the patient’s preferred place of death. It also provides details of key contacts (key worker, GP etc.) in one secure application, helping to improve care delivery and co-ordination across organisational and geographical boundaries.
Jim Chase, Managing Director of Advanced Health & Care, comments, “EOLCR is an easy-to-use solution that is helping healthcare professionals to meet patients’ wishes and improve care at the end of life. We are delighted to have been shortlisted in these prestigious awards.”
As well as meeting patients’ wishes for deaths at home, care providers can also make significant cost savings with EOLCR as each hospital death costs on average £3,000. A saving of £300,000 was delivered within just 12 months in one NHS Trust.
Chase adds, “The EOLCR is enabling primary care trusts to achieve considerable cost savings which is vital during this continued period of austerity.”
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For further information about the EHI Awards 2011, view www.ehealthawards.com
About Advanced Health & Care
Advanced Health & Care is a leading supplier of IT management systems for urgent & unplanned care, homecare, residential care, hospices, mobile information for community carers and back-office management systems for NHS trusts, local authorities and care providers.
Working with partners in the NHS, local government and the private sector, Advanced Health & Care is delivering IT solutions in support of safe, efficient care delivery with integrated management information. Advanced’s unique proposition is its range of integrated care solutions offering visibility of information for both the commissioner and care provider.
The Advanced Health & Care suite of products includes: Adastra, Caresys, Crosscare, eFinancials Smart Business Suite, iConnect, iNurse, Saturn & StaffPlan.
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