Posts Tagged ‘software’

Innovative 3D imaging software launched

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

A report published in The American Journal of Pathology has revealed the development of simple 3D imaging software for tissue reconstruction and examination which can be directly used by clinicians.

By allowing examination of tissues at a microscopic scale, the system is thought to be able to considerably enhance the study of normal and disease processes, and in particular those that involve structural changes.

Previously, problems with 3D imaging had arisen due to low resolution and difficulties in amassing large quantities of images.

The system can be used on any stained tissue section and generate high-resolution digital images, as well as 3D tissue reconstructions at a cellular resolution level by using automated virtual slide scanners. The scanners automatically digitize the tissue, whilst the software communicates with the imaging software to align the images and produce a visible image in one integrated package.

Leading researcher, Dr. Darren Treanor of the University of Leeds and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust states that the system will be particularly beneficial as it can be used directly by medical staff without the need of input by computing specialists.

“Many fields, including tumor biology, embryology, and cardiovascular disease could benefit from correlation of structure and function in three dimensions, but getting high quality 3D reconstructions has always been difficult. We have demonstrated that our software is accurate and robust enough to use without significant computer science input. This system provides the opportunity for increasing use of 3D histopathology as a routine research tool.”

Original Source Medical News Today

About Pathway Software

Pathway Software (www.pathwaysoftware.com) specialises in the design and development of patient information systems for Allied Health professionals.

Its flagship product, Therapy Manager, is an Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system specifically designed for Therapy Services to provide decision makers with the ability to track and manage clinical activity and analyse cost of care by patient, episode or service. The system also demonstrably reduces administration time and the costs of managing Therapy Services.

“Explosion” in healthcare technology expected

Friday, April 13th, 2012

An “explosion” in healthcare software and technology has been predicted by a primary care IT specialist over the next few years.

Dr David Jehring, chief executive of Black Pear Software, says that he predicts the migration of healthcare technology towards cloud-based solutions and app technology.

Jehring stated that the NHS and private services have a strong financial incentive to focus on community care. More prolific use of portable hardware devices could assist in focusing care into local services as Jehring believes that it has the potential to “mobilise” patient records.

Currently, a wide variation in the standard of community care exists within England which is thought to be down to the limitations of GP systems.

One example currently being utilised is “Iris” software which is used to treat wet macular degeneration – a major cause blindness in older people. The app is currently available on the iPad and iPhone, enabling diagnosis and treatment to occur in care homes, community clinics and the patient’s home. Similar apps are being developed for a suite of conditions including dementia and other neurological disorders.

In addition to greater accessibility, it is asserted that mobile working can significantly reduce costs by reducing office space and supplies. Furthermore, Jehring asserts that the move away from traditional desk based computing offers the opportunity for much cheaper software technologies and applications.

Dr Jehring said healthcare computing tended to lag behind general computing and inertia and fear of change could stop worthwhile advances being made. To combat security issues which seem to be the primary concern for some people and organisations, he states that data should not be stored on the device, but used as a portal with data stored on a server with access through authentication.

Original Source eHealth Insider

About Pathway Software

Pathway Software (www.pathwaysoftware.com) specialises in the design and development of patient information systems for Allied Health professionals.

Its flagship product, Therapy Manager, is an Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system specifically designed for Therapy Services to provide decision makers with the ability to track and manage clinical activity and analyse cost of care by patient, episode or service. The system also demonstrably reduces administration time and the costs of managing Therapy Services.

Welsh Smartphone App for AHP’s

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

An app launched by Cardiff University is being used to highlight the importance of the Welsh language in areas such as health, education and social care.

The “App Iechyd Da” app includes information about a variety of Welsh language-specific initiatives such as demographic trends, political directives, economic influences, and useful Welsh language communication guides.

Furthermore, the app contains a Welsh glossary of terms for a variety of areas, ranging from everyday vocabulary to health-specific terminology such as those specifically for Occupational Therapy. These are accompanied by phonetic pronunciations for each term and an extensive directory of industry contacts.

The app is currently available for Apple devices such at the iPhone or iPod Touch, but is to be developed for Android devices in the future.

The School of Healthcare Studies, Cardiff University who developed the App is the leading provider of education for Allied Health Professionals (AHP’s) in Wales and one of the leading schools in the UK. Dr Gwilym Wyn Roberts, an AHP at the school, said the app would be “a valuable tool in academic and clinical studies at all levels and across a variety of programmes.”

Dr Roberts stated the app would help to promote language skills amongst professionals and students which would in turn increase their employability. He also stated that she hoped the the app would encourage non-Welsh speaking students to develop their language skills by undertaking Welsh courses.

Original Source Cardiff University

About Pathway Software

Pathway Software (www.pathwaysoftware.com) specialises in the design and development of patient information systems for Allied Health professionals.

Its flagship product, Therapy Manager, is an Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system specifically designed for Therapy Services to provide decision makers with the ability to track and manage clinical activity and analyse cost of care by patient, episode or service. The system also demonstrably reduces administration time and the costs of managing Therapy Services.

CCG’s to invest in GP data sharing

Monday, November 21st, 2011
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) are pioneering the use of tools to compare data amongst GP practices and share it with secondary care services, stating that this should be prioritised by the NHS for IT investment.

A survey conducted by EHI Primary Care found that 75% of CCG’s believed that IT would be vital to the delivery of their goals. 67% of respondents reported that they expected to invest in tools to capture and share GP practice comparison data with secondary care over the next three years, with the same number expected to invest in GP clinical systems.

Other priorities for investment over the next three years were IT infrastructure (59%), clinical dashboards (54%), and communication tools for patients and the public (46%).

In terms of finance, only 10% of respondents were “confident” however that their organisations would have the funding to complete their priority IT projects.

Despite IT being highly prioritised by CCG’s, only half reported the set-up of an IT working group with an appointed an IT lead. The remainder said they expected to do so in the next 12 months.
The survey found that only one in five CCG’s had so far developed an IT strategy and only 9% had established an IT budget.

IT leads within CCG’s stated that funding was the greatest barrier to implementing new IT systems, stating that in the majority of cases there was no money specifically allotted to discrete IT projects. It was reported in some instances that IT was being viewed as an “add-on” to other projects and consequently could be vulnerable to cuts.

On a positive note, some CCG chairs asserted how they had already effectively implemented IT systems to support and improve working processes.

Medway GP Commissioning Consortium have already invested in software intended to provide electronic prompts to GP’s and other primary care clinicians to encourage better care and reduce variation in care. Dr Peter Green, Chair of the CCG, stated that the software had helped to improve the management of a range of conditions whilst simultaneously improving screening rates in areas such as body mass index and alcohol.“We worked on the very simple premise that clinicians want to provide good medical care but that it’s difficult. So we tried to make it easier and it appears to be working” he said.

Luton Health Collaborative are reportedly looking to rapidly implement software to help with secondary care data and data sharing. They hope that this will support transformational change on long term conditions and enable information sharing with primary, secondary and community care.

Original Source eHealth Insider

About Pathway Software

Pathway Software (www.pathwaysoftware.com) specialises in the design and development of patient information systems for Allied Health professionals.

Its flagship product, Therapy Manager, is an Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system specifically designed for Therapy Services to provide decision makers with the ability to track and manage clinical activity and analyse cost of care by patient, episode or service. The system also demonstrably reduces administration time and the costs of managing Therapy Services.

NHS to overhaul NPfIT

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Following a review of the £12.7 billion National Programme for IT (NPfIT), the government has announced that the project will be scrapped, allowing hospitals to choose their own computer systems.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude and NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson have collectively decided it is better to discontinue the programme at this level of investment rather than to continue to spend on a project that may ultimately fail.

The NPfIT was originally set up in 2002 and aimed to link all parts of the NHS in England under one electronic record system, however this began to quickly run over allotted time and budget. The original objective was to ensure that every patient had an individual electronic care record which could be rapidly transmitted between different parts of the NHS.

Ministers worked to reconfigure the scheme last year, but after a fresh review have decided to let hospitals choose their own systems rather than relying on a nationally imposed programme. The decision comes as the review panel decided that there was no confidence that the NPfIT plans could still be delivered.

In July, the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) criticised the programme for failing to deliver the promised universal system. A PAC report concluded that the provider’s ability to deliver the promised product had proved beyond their capacity. At the time, the report stated that
“implementation of alternative up-to-date IT systems has fallen significantly behind schedule and costs have escalated.”

“It was meant to be a very helpful thing for NHS staff and patients but instead has become this amazingly top-heavy, hideously expensive programme. The problem is, it didn’t deliver”, said a Department of Health source.

A government source said elements of the programme would remain but ministers would take direct control. Trusts will still be have to ability to share patient information, and the appointment service and email system will remain despite the lack of an overarching integrated care records system.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley commented on the decision saying that the implementation of an all-encompassing top-down IT system for the local NHS was not fit for purpose and was not in line with individual Trust needs. He asserted that the government will take a new strategy, moving to an innovative new system driven by local decision-making. “This is the only way to make sure we get value for money from IT systems that better meet the needs of a modernised NHS” he said.

Health Minister Simon Burns, said that the government will now allow hospitals to use and develop the IT they already have and add to their environment either by integrating systems purchased through the existing national contracts or elsewhere. Providers of NHS care such as hospitals and GP surgeries will now be told to strike IT deals locally and regionally to get the best programmes they can afford.

Original Source BBC News

About Pathway Software

Pathway Software (www.pathwaysoftware.com) specialises in the design and development of patient information systems for Allied Health professionals.

Its flagship product, Therapy Manager, is an Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system specifically designed for Therapy Services to provide decision makers with the ability to track and manage clinical activity and analyse cost of care by patient, episode or service. The system also demonstrably reduces administration time and the costs of managing Therapy Services.