Last Thursday a friend of mine had a stroke

Last Thursday a friend of mine had a major stroke at work. Whilst she has other health problems, as a female in her 40’s it was totally unexpected and left all her friends shocked, reeling and concerned.

As she was at work in a different county than she lives in, when she arrived at the local hospital, after assessment she was blue lighted to a major tertiary centre as per their local stroke pathway and underwent an emergency medical thrombectomy.  She had a dense stroke, which affected her speech, her ability to stand and the use of her left side.

24 hours post stroke and procedure, when her friends visited she was able to speak, stand with help and was her usual Strictly Dancing fanatical self!

At 72 hours post stroke she was transferred back to her local hospital, where she would have been admitted to if she had not been at work, she is now starting her rehabilitation with a view to being discharged back into the community shortly.

A friend having a Stroke just makes me more determined to offer our proven stroke care enhancing software to more Acute Trusts.

This is for two reasons, firstly the tertiary centre has a SSNAP banding of A and her local NHS Trust is a D. There may be a range of reasons for this poorer performance but we can offer a tool called  CaptureStroke to support Stroke teams to being able to improve their stroke care even when they do not offer Medical Thrombectomy but they are resistant to implement a digital solution to enable better performance as they have other more pressing IT needs!

Secondly with the re-configuration of stroke services, patient’s will be admitted to one NHS Trust and then continue their care in another, a hub and spoke type care pathway model.

Without a Digital Stroke pathway tool, a patient’s Stroke interventions will not be captured in one place but instead on several different EHR and PAS systems meaning that that there will not be one version of truth or complete record of the stroke interventions they have received at every stage of the pathway. Again, this is where CaptureStroke comes into its own. It complements and enhances current EHR and PAS systems as well as supporting the collection of accurate and timely SSNAP data.

As cloud based, stroke specific software, irrespective of where the patient’s stroke interventions take place (from the ambulance, acute care and community) they can be captured in one digital record in real time.

CaptureStroke is also able to offer regional stroke dashboards (provided that all the Acute Hospitals in the STP have adopted CaptureStroke) so there is the ability to see an STP wide view of stroke services and any variant in patient care. To find out how to implement CaptureStroke or for more information click here.

I’m so delighted my friend is starting her rehab and she was in the best place to receive the care that enabled it.

Note: Some details have been changed to ensure patient confidentiality, but the stroke details, care and timings are true.

 

 

Webinar: How CaptureStroke enabled Royal Cornwall NHS Trust to increase the quality and safety of Stroke care, saved lives and delivered cashable ROI – Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust Case Study

Webinar: How CaptureStroke enabled Royal Cornwall NHS Trust to increase the quality and safety of Stroke care, saved lives and delivered cashable ROI – Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust Case Study

The CaptureStroke webinar will outline what Silverlink’s CaptureStroke software USP’s are and how by implementing at The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust their Stroke care has improved.

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) Stroke team was looking for an interoperable, resilient, real-time and flexible Stroke specific digital pathway solution that could be used by clinical and audit teams to monitor and enhance individual patient care promptly and safely whilst improving and refining the Stroke pathway performance.

CaptureStroke delivers greater visibility of patient care at every point of the Stroke pathway; real-time at the bed-side alerts and dashboards, user defined reports, whole Stroke service overviews irrespective of the patient’s location within the hospital and highlights targets that are being missed and why. It enables easy to upload to SSNAP for national reporting.

RCHT implemented CaptureStroke as it offers mobile, real-time feedback, easy to use dashboards and detailed Trust wide Stroke performance reporting. This means that Stroke care teams can efficiently streamline their integrated workflows and improve the outcome for patients across the whole Stroke pathway, both in Hyper-acute Stroke Units and follow on Stroke services

CaptureStroke integrates with, and compliments, existing Trust systems i.e PAS, EPR etc. and is designed in conjunction with clinicians to be compliant with the NHS RightCare Stroke and Best Practice pathways as well as multiple Stroke audit requirements.

The benefits achieved by implementing CaptureStroke are that it has improved audit compliance and patient care; supported pathway improvement, has saved clinician time and increased their awareness of Stroke specific care.

 

Presenters:

Angela Single, CCIO and Business Development Director, CaptureStroke – Silverlink software

Jacqui Fahey, Product Manager CaptureStroke – Silverlink software

Ally James, Former Stroke Nurse Consultant Cornwall NHS Hospital Trust – Silverlink software

Register here

Excellence in Stroke Care – Free Conference

2018 Excellent Stroke Care Event to be hosted by former Chairman of NHS Digital

Every year more than 100,000 Strokes are recorded in the UK. Through effective and speedy intervention, lives can be saved and quality of life enhanced.

  •  The Excellence in Stroke Care Event, sponsored by CaptureStroke from Silverlink Software, is a specific event dedicated to promoting Excellence in Stroke Care 
  • Held on October 4th at The Kings Fund in London, this year’s will be chaired by former Chair of NHS Digital, Kingsley Manning. The event, which consists of presentations from UK experts at the forefront of stroke care and research, is the ideal platform for researchers, clinicians and Stroke teams to connect, share best practice and learn from leading Stroke experts 
  • Sponsor Silverlink is the company behind CaptureStroke, the market leading and NHS approved software which improves real-time decision making and clinical performance in stroke care. 
  • Attendance is free for all practising Stroke clinicians and Stroke teams. 

Registration for the event can be made by emailing; jan.oatway@silverlinksoftware.com or calling 0191 280 4655. 

CaptureStroke and CaptureFertility listed on the G-Cloud 10 Framework

Silverlink Software is delighted to announce that their CaptureStroke and CaptureFertility clinical pathway solutions have been successfully listed on the Crown Commercial Service’s G-Cloud 10 Framework, via the Digital Marketplace platform

Being listed on the Digital Marketplace will make the procurement of both solutions simpler and quicker for healthcare providers.

G-Cloud 10 is a framework for cloud-based solutions, through which suppliers can procure preconfigured packages of software with all the professional services and technical support included. The Digital Marketplace is free to use for public sector bodies, including NHS healthcare providers.

CaptureStroke is Silverlink’s marketing leading clinical Stroke pathway solution which enables best of breed stroke service delivery. CaptureStroke provides  Trusts with full ownership of their data and real-time analytics to understand and measure performance throughout the stroke care pathway. Designed in close collaboration with clinicians, CaptureStroke offers users intuitive workflows and  facilitates paperless and mobile working, leading to better patient outcomes and proven return on investment, efficiency savings and improved SSNAP audit performance.

CaptureFertility is Silverlink’s a next generation point-of-care, paperless data capture solution that has been developed in close collaboration with world renowned fertility specialists. CaptureFertility delivers powerful real-time insights to improve the efficiency of fertility treatment while meeting all HFEA regulatory requirements. CaptureFertility offers an intuitive, intelligent data solution, available on mobile devices, reducing duplication of data entry and increasing service efficiency.

Regarding the new listing, Business Development Director Angela Single, said: “We are delighted that Silverlink’s Capture solutions are now listed on the G-Cloud 10 marketplace. The new listing will make the procurement of our innovative solutions even more accessible to healthcare providers and help them realise the benefits of efficiency and cost-savings that our solutions offer.”

Silverlink awarded OHSAS 18001 Certification

Silverlink Software, one of the leading solution providers to the NHS, has been awarded OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Certification.

Silverlink is the fourth largest PAS provider to the NHS in England and also provides its specialist pathway specific CaptureStroke and CaptureFertility solutions across the UK.

The internationally applied British standard sets out requirements of good health and safety practices within the workplace and requires organisations to  identify and  comply with all  relevant workplace legal  health and safety obligations. The Standard adds to ISO9001 and ISO27001 certifications already held.

Receiving OHSAS 18001 certification is a clear indication that Silverlink views their employee’s health and safety as a priority within their organisation. For example, Silverlink has a safety policy in place to protect employees against possible occupational risks and to reduce the likelihood of accidents in the workplace.

On the new OHSAS 18001 certification and its significance in improving their credibility among stakeholders, regulators and customers, Silverlink’s Finance and Quality Officer stated: “Our work towards successful and continued compliance to the standard demonstrates and reinforces the company’s commitment to workplace health and safety, for staff, subcontractors and customers.”

Silverlink currently employs 25 staff and has rolled out their PCS PAS solution at 13 Acute Trusts covering 45 hospitals in the UK. Silverlink also has a specialist clinical data suite of products, including the market leading CaptureStroke solution, which has helped trusts across the UK transform their stroke pathway with improved efficiency and patient outcomes, and their latest offering, CaptureFertility, to help leading Fertility Centres manage their clinics.

More information about OHSAS 18001 can be found here.

More information about PCS can be found here, CaptureStroke here and CaptureFertility here.

HSJ Partnership Finalists

Silverlink nominated for the HSJ Award for Innovation in Medical Technology

HSJ Partnership FinalistsToday Silverlink Software will be attending the inaugural HSJ Partnership Awards, as Silverlink’s UK market leading digital care record for the Stroke pathway, CaptureStroke, is nominated for the Best Innovation in Medical Technology award.

Along with some of our users from The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust and Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Silverlink will attend the ceremony held at Banking Hall, London, where the winners of each category will be announced.

New for 2018, the awards look to recognise, celebrate and showcase the best products and services being used by the NHS, and provide the opportunity for suppliers to be identified as leaders and innovators within healthcare.

Tom Crosthwaite, Customer Development Consultant, said: “The whole Silverlink team were delighted when our CaptureStroke solution was shortlisted for the HSJ Award for Innovation in Medical Technology. Being able to attend the ceremony alongside some of our valued customers is a great way of celebrating our nomination, but also the collaborative approach we have to the development of the CaptureStroke system, working closely with our users to create a digital care tool that is intuitive and user friendly and provides powerful real-time, data rich insights into service delivery and performance.”

“By providing our customers with a solution that proactively allows them to implement service change, and with alerts to notify users of approaching care target breaches, CaptureStroke helps our sites to increase their efficiency, better their national audit performance and most importantly, enhance outcomes for their Stroke patients.”

“We are incredibly proud that CaptureStroke has been shortlisted for Best Innovation in Medical Technology as it is an absolutely fantastic acknowledgment of the proven benefits our CaptureStroke system can deliver, and one that will hopefully be capped by hearing CaptureStroke crowned the winner!” concluded Tom.

The full shortlists in all categories can be viewed here and to learn more about CaptureStroke please head to our website www.capturestroke.com

Silverlink’s MD encourages future health IT professionals

Today Silverlink’s Managing Director Tim Quainton will be attending a Speed Mentoring Day at St. Cuthbert’s Catholic High School in Newcastle to engage with pupils about the value of looking to pursue a career in the health IT industry.

The Speed Mentoring Day is an initiative of Business In The Community, a Prince of Wales charity, and includes some volunteers from  Founders4Schools, a programme that aims to inspire and prepare students for their future by connecting them with local business leaders.

Speed mentoring encounters allow business leaders to meet with students and participate in a series of short, focused conversations about specific career questions and topics, providing guidance and coaching.

St. Cuthbert’s Catholic High School is an all-boys non selective school located in Newcastle upon Tyne. Founded in 1881, the school offers a vast range of leadership and extra-curricular opportunities and is ranked amongst the highest attaining state schools in the country.

Silverlink was invited to partake in St. Cuthbert’s Speed Mentoring Day because of their invaluable experience working in the NHS over the last two decades. During the day, Tim will talk with students about his experience in this highly specialised branch of IT, the exciting career opportunities available, and how best to prepare for interviews in such a technical field.

On Silverlink’s participation, Tim noted: “I’m looking forward to attending St. Cuthbert’s Catholic High School’s Speed Mentoring Day and introducing the students to the important and highly specialised career opportunities that are available in the health IT industry. Digital tools are becoming the backbone of the NHS, so it’s essential for England’s healthcare future to have the brightest minds involved in healthcare software development.”

CaptureStroke Shortlisted for the 2018 HSJ Partnership Awards for Innovation in Medical Technology

Silverlink Software are delighted to announce that CaptureStroke, our UK market leading digital care record for the Stroke pathway, has been shortlisted for the 2018 HSJ Partnership Awards for Innovation in Medical Technology.

New for 2018, the awards look to recognise, celebrate and showcase the best products and services being used by the NHS, and provide the opportunity for suppliers to be identified as leaders and innovators within healthcare. The awards are being held on 8th March 2018 at the Banking Hall, London and the Silverlink team will be attending with fingers crossed in the hope to walk away with the award.

Rob Dixon, Capture Products Manager, said: “Silverlink are honoured to have had our CaptureStroke solution shortlisted for the HSJ Award for Innovation in Medical Technology. It is fantastic to be recognised by the industry for our continuing hard work in delivering a fantastic solution to benefit, not only our customers and reduce their data collection burden and gain real insights into their care delivery, but that also leads ultimately to better outcomes for patients.”

The full shortlists in all categories can be viewed here and to learn more about CaptureStroke please head to our website www.capturestroke.com.

Silverlink looks forward to a great start to the New Year showcasing CaptureFertility at the Fertility 2018 Conference

Silverlink Software Limited looks forward to getting the New Year off to a great start showcasing CaptureFertility, our next generation fertility clinic management system, at the Fertility 2018 Conference. The event is taking place at ACC Liverpool from Thursday 4th – Saturday 6th January 2018.

Fertility 2018 is the Joint Conference of the Association of Clinical Embryologists, British Fertility Society and the Society for Reproduction & Fertility. Now in its 11th year, the conference is the largest event of its kind in the UK and is expected to bring together over 700 fertility experts to enjoy a packed three-day programme showcasing the latest scientific and clinical developments and updates in fertility, sexual health and reproductive biology.

CaptureFertility Product Manager, Rob Dixon, and the Silverlink Software team will be on our stand across all three days, demonstrating the latest developments in CaptureFertility. This includes comprehensive clinic, donor and storage management, innovative embryology capability and real-time data analytics and financial reporting. In addition to fully supporting the new HFEA data collection and compliance requirements that come into effect from April.

“We are really looking forward to the 2018 Fertility Conference in Liverpool,’’ said Rob. “To have an opportunity to speak with delegates from all different aspects of Fertility care and to see so many people engaged in moving this field forward is incredible. CaptureFertility provides clinics with a next generation method of collecting crucial data across the entire patient pathway and empower teams with real-time analysis of this data to inform timely, effective service improvements, leading to better patient outcomes and increased compliance. We can’t wait to share these stories with the attendees.”

Registration for the event is still available and more details can be found here.

To read more about CaptureFertility and Silverlink’s Capture Suite of software solutions, please visit www.capturefertility.com and http://silverlinksoftware.com/products/#clinical_data.

GDPR - Silverlink

Could GDPR be the catalyst to improved interoperability in healthcare?

GDPR - SilverlinkInteroperability between different healthcare systems has been high up on the NHS’s agenda for years. Yet despite several attempts by national bodies to set standards for suppliers to conform to, much of the industry has continuously responded with uncertainty and remains resistant to sharing valuable healthcare data between systems that ultimately benefit the patient.

The introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, which will impact the UK despite Brexit, could possibly be the catalyst the NHS has been looking for. The GDPR will essentially change the law governing the management and use of data which, according to the Information Governance Alliance, will result in a greater focus on evidence-based compliance, with specified requirements for transparency, more extensive rights for data subjects and considerably harsher penalties for non-compliance.

Digital Health recently published a Special Report on Interoperability where they spoke to industry leaders, including Silverlink’s Capture Product Manager, Rob Dixon, about their views on whether GDPR could be a catalyst to improved interoperability between healthcare systems.

In the article Rob makes note that the advent of GDPR should cause organisations to think generally about how they provide and receive data, potentially assisting interoperability, as well as how they would deal with more specific provisions, such as the “right to be forgotten”.

“There’s still debate about it – it might be even if the patient makes the request [for erasure], that there’s a clinical safety issue with removing the information [from the patient record]. Central guidance on this at present is still lacking.”

According to Rob, the requirements for GDPR are already beginning to “filter down” through procurement channels and Silverlink is starting to see them in new tenders being published. Though it is still unclear whether GDPR will have a big enough impact to initiate transformation on the interoperability front. “People are starting to think about it [GDPR], and the portability aspect might help with interoperability, but I don’t think GDPR on its own will do it. It will have to be associated with some sort of updated standards or guidance from NHS Governing bodies that our customers need to adhere to and thus we’ll ensure our products support this compliance.”

You can read the full Special Report on Interoperability here.