Simon_Catley_IPLThe North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) won the IT Innovation award at the North West Informatics Awards 2014 for their electronic information sharing system built by Bath-based software and business solutions company IPL.

The system, an Electronic Referral Information Sharing System (ERISS), aims to transform the ways in which patient information is shared between doctors, clinicians and ambulance crew, meaning patient care can be delivered at the right time in the right place.

The system which now has over 2,000 registered users, can protect vulnerable patients and avoid ambulances making unnecessary trips to A&E by making it easier for doctors and clinicians to flag up any conditions or care plans a patient may already have. This means ambulance crews are more able to provide the most appropriate care.

“It’s inspiring to see the positive impact that cutting-edge systems such as ERISS can have on patient care and on relieving the pressure on NHS budgets”

 

Simon Catley, Services Director at IPL [pictured, top right], said:

“Health informatics is a fast-growing area proving instrumental in the delivery of better patient care, and IPL and NWAS’s system has clearly demonstrated its worth. It’s inspiring to see the positive impact that cutting-edge systems such as ERISS can have on patient care and on relieving the pressure on NHS budgets.”

Phil James, the NWAS Head of Programme Management stated that the ERISS system has already “made a real difference to patients across the North West”.

It has also received recognition for delivering excellence in healthcare as a finalist for ‘Best use of IT to support integrated healthcare services’ at the E-Health Insider Awards 2014.

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