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Date: 2 October 2014

Time: 09:23

UHB shortlisted for wireless award

Story posted/last updated: 11 April 2011

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) has been shortlisted for an international award for its innovative work using wireless technology to improve patient care.

The Trust has been named as a finalist in the Wireless Achievement Awards for its use of BlackBerry technology in a range of areas.

UHB, which runs the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB), has used BlackBerry technology to manage its Emergency Department (ED), as well as requests for drugs from its pharmacy, and for other systems under development.

Director of IT Stephen Chilton said the ability to monitor patient management information in ED was proving extremely valuable: “This application delivers key performance indicators to administrators' BlackBerry smartphones so they can monitor compliance and take corrective action, if required, on the spot.

“The work done at UHB is being reviewed by other NHS trusts and has the potential to assist thousands of employees across the UK.”

UHB uses software from Webalo to develop solutions  for specific challenges by helping to connect existing systems through custom-designed applications.

The Trust is trialling a system to manage the large number of requests it receives from other hospitals for neurosurgical consultations, and also uses BlackBerry to manage its organ transplant waiting lists.

The Wireless Achievement Awards are held at BlackBerry World in Orlando, Florida in May.

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