NHS Kernow wins major heathcare awardNHS Kernow has won the prestigious ‘Best use of IT to support clinical treatment and care’ award at the E-Health Insider Awards 2015.

Winners were announced at a ceremony in Central London last night. NHS Kernow has received the award for rolling out Microtest Guru’s cutting-edge technology across Cornwall, improving patient care and safety and joining up healthcare across the region.

“NHS Kernow are so pleased with this announcement and award, and thank all involved, recognising Microtest and Guru in their achievement. Winning this well respected award and being recognised by our peers within the healthcare IT sector for our achievements is a great honour. We are all absolutely thrilled.

We will continue to roll this solution out more widely to ensure the right clinical information is at the point of care to aid patient care and safety.”

Paul Jacka, Deputy Chief Finance Officer for IT at NHS Kernow

NHS Kernow deployed Microtest’s Guru in urgent care and acute settings across Cornwall to give clinicians immediate access to detailed electronic patient records to enhance treatment and care.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust’s pharmacy has used the technology since 2013 for accurate and up-to-date clinical medication history information to help get appropriate medication to patients as quickly as possible – and this has now been extended to give clinical staff there 24-hours a day access, providing faster intervention by healthcare workers and a safer patient pathway.

“Congratulations to NHS Kernow for their achievement in winning this prestigious IT award.

The work they have undertaken by using technology to improve patient care, safety and joining up healthcare across the region has now been recognised on a national level and the award is well deserved”.

Beverley Bryant, Director of Digital Technology at NHS England.

“To me, Guru is a huge success story. West Cornwall Hospital covers a very wide area of Cornwall and has a catchment of some 200,000 patients, but works outside of GP hours. For patient safety we needed to access patient records.

Patients often arrive by ambulance and may forget to tell us many things about their medical history and medication. This often happened when the patient’s practice may have been closed.
What I like about Guru is that it provides immediate access to patient records and is intuitive and very simple to learn. Almost every day I have a ‘success story’. We were able to treat someone straightaway as we had access to an ECG on their GP patient record.

It is saving us time that can be better spent treating someone, and it is often the sickest patients that benefit the most.”

Dr Neil Davidson, Medical Director at West Cornwall Hospital

“We are delighted to once again be recognised nationally for our innovative approaches to deliver high quality patient care.”

Joy Youart, Managing Director at NHS Kernow.

“It was a privilege to have been able to work with NHS Kernow to enable Guru to deliver benefits to both patients and clinicians across the many care settings in Cornwall. Hearing that they have won an EHI Award for their work is perfect and will spur everyone on to achieve even greater things.”

Chris Netherton, Managing Director of Microtest.

Microtest provides flexible clinical solutions across the primary care sector and is one of the UK’s top four GP system suppliers.  With over 30 years’ experience of developing clinical systems for primary care, Microtest has built up a loyal customer base who depend on their  integrated solutions and excellent customer care to better serve their patients. (www.microtest.co.uk).   For further information, please contact Chris Netherton of Microtest on 0845 345 1606 or Suzie Creighton of Castlegate on  0772 999 3721 or suzie@castlegatecommunications.co.uk

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