Patientrack expands team and helps NHS collaborate to improve patient safety
London, UK – 1st September 2014: Patientrack has welcomed a new expert to its team in the company’s drive to help NHS hospitals implement innovative technology to improve patient safety and share the benefits.
Martin Bennett, an experienced IT consultant who has previously held senior positions with CSC, iSOFT and EDS, has joined Patientrack as a senior implementation consultant, a role in which he will help NHS healthcare organisations across the UK make the most of the company’s early warning, detection, assessment and alerting system.
Bennett will support Patientrack in its mission to help hospitals drive forward their patient safety agendas by implementing customisable technology that makes it easier and faster for nurses to carry out bedside observations and assessments. The system then accurately calculates the patient’s early warning score and automatically sends alerts to clinicians if action is indicated according to the hospital’s protocol for clinical response.
Taking up his position at Patientrack, Bennett said: “The opportunity to work in an organisation that is focused on improving patient safety and the needs of the customer was very appealing. The team at Patientrack work directly with NHS users to ensure the right benefits for the customer are realised. We get to see the end results of improved patient safety and customer satisfaction.
“Working for the company has presented an excellent opportunity to work as part of an innovative SME, where it doesn’t need to take weeks, months or even years to react to a customer’s changing requirements. With Patientrack we can react quickly and can deliver changes in an agile and responsive way.”
An important aspect of the implementation process that Bennett will become involved with is the way in which trusts share innovations and best practice in the patient safety environment. Leading trusts have been using Patientrack in innovative projects to reduce mortality, cardiac arrests, instances of acute kidney injury (AKI) and more. The Patientrack team is increasingly helping hospitals to share their experiences with other trusts the company has worked with.
Bennett said: “All the hospitals we speak to are happy to share what they have done with the other hospitals. They are proud of what they have achieved for patients through Patientrack and rightly so. They are also eager to hear what other organisations using Patientrack have done and the benefits they are getting. Implementation is very much about sharing that knowledge and the experience of other deployments.
“People sometimes say the NHS isn’t the best at sharing innovation, but we have been able to help share best practice between our customers. This is very significant for the hospitals using this technology.
Patientrack currently helps hospitals across the UK to improve safety, deliver efficiency savings and take the lead on national objectives to reduce avoidable harm.
Most recently trusts have been using NHS England’s technology funds to acquire the solution, with several trusts submitting successful bids through the Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards Technology Fund. A growing number of trusts are expected to adopt Patientrack as more money becomes available through the Integrated Digital Care Fund and the second round of the Nursing Technology Fund, the latter of which was announced by Prime Minister David Cameron in October 2012.
Bennett’s experience includes more than 20 years of delivering IT services, a decade of which was spent delivering software services to the NHS. He worked with EDS in business relations before moving to iSOFT in 2004. Following a merger Bennett then worked as knowledge development manager and quality lead at CSC for more than two years before moving to his current position at Patientrack.
Patientrack managing director, Donald Kennedy said: “Martin comes to us with years of experience in healthcare IT consultancy and the ability to directly support Patientrack’s goals and objectives through his knowledge of delivering IT solutions.
“He joins at a time of great opportunity, when the government’s technology funds mean that forward thinking NHS hospitals can collaborate with innovative UK SMEs in order to embrace digital technologies and deliver better, safer care for patients.”
Notes to editors
Patientrack helps hospitals deliver safer care – which is also more cost-effective care – by ensuring observation and assessment protocols are carried out correctly and consistently, and by automatically calculating early warning scores and alerting clinicians when interventions are needed. Through early identification of deteriorating patients, and the promoting of necessary assessments, Patientrack helps hospitals meet national and local targets for improvements in patient safety, improving patient outcomes and supporting frontline staff, while at the same time cutting costs. Patientrack was developed in conjunction with clinicians and nurses and its effectiveness in delivering both patient safety and cost improvements has been proven in a peer-reviewed clinical trial at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Matthew D’Arcy, Highland Marketing on behalf of Patientrack
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