Bringing the best of mobile technology to Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

We are truly delighted to announce that we have entered into a five-year partnership with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, helping them to make the most of the opportunity of mobile clinical applications to improve care. This is now our second partnership with the NHS for clinical applications, following a similar partnership we announced last month with the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Over the past two years, the Trust has moved from paper to electronic patient records, and mobile technology is the natural next step in this work. By enabling clinicians to access advanced healthcare applications linked to electronic patient records, they will be able to access information on the go, react quickly in response to changing patient needs, and ultimately, provide even better care.

We will work with the Trust to roll out our clinical application, Streams, which helps clinicians care for patients at risk of deterioration, particularly in conditions where early intervention can make all the difference. Like news alerts on a mobile phone, the technology will immediately notify nurses and doctors when test results show a patient is at risk of becoming seriously ill. It will also enable Trust clinicians to securely assign and communicate about clinical tasks, and give them the information they need to make diagnoses and make decisions.

Feeds will help nurses and doctors stay informed about their patients

This partnership builds on a relationship between the Trust, Imperial College and DeepMind. Streams’ task management capabilities are underpinned by a world-class program of widely published research and early product development carried out at Imperial College London and the Trust, in an app called Hark co-founded by Lord Ara Darzi. Using simulated data, Hark was found to improve the quality of information transfer between staff and was judged by users to be more effective and efficient, and less intrusive than pagers. [www.jmir.org/2016/4/e79/]. Hark joined DeepMind in early 2016.

As in our partnership with Royal Free, we also implement state-of-the-art open and interoperable standards, via what is known as an FHIR API. This will allow the Trust to easily, securely and consistently integrate other applications that can improve care, whether developed by third parties or innovators within the Trust. Our partners at Imperial are excited about the potential for a wide range of applications to improve care, and we are delighted to work with them to make this possible.

“Apps have changed the way we live our lives, from banking to shopping, and they are clearly part of the future healthcare landscape. They offer immense opportunities for faster and more effective care, making access to vital information faster and easier for clinicians. But for apps to be useful and safe, they cannot work in isolation – they must be securely linked to the central electronic patient record system.

By working with DeepMind, we are seizing the opportunities that technology presents to improve patient care, using their expertise to help us deploy a system that allows us to maximize future innovations in mobile technology for healthcare across the country. benefit of our patients.

Sanjay Gautama, Caldicott Guardian and Director of Clinical Information at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

“I am delighted that Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has partnered with DeepMind to provide nurses and doctors with digital tools to help them deliver safe, high quality care to their patients.

Through the NIHR-funded Imperial Patient Safety and Translational Research Center (PSTRC), a team of patient safety researchers has demonstrated how failure to provide clinicians with the right information at the right time leads to safety issues and poorer patient outcomes.

By working with DeepMind, we were able to translate cutting-edge research insights from our Hark research program into the feature set of the Streams platform. We will measure the impact of Streams on patient safety and clinical outcomes over the next two years. »

Professor Ara Darzi, Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London and co-inventor of the Hark app

Our hope is that the infrastructure and applications we build will not only help improve short-term care, but also make it easier for trusts to bring new innovations to the clinical frontlines in the future.

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