Health and social care staff have been honoured for their innovative care improvements at the inaugural Northern Ireland eHealth and Social Care Awards 2014.
Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Jim Wells MLA, presented each of the finalists with their award at this year’s first eHealth and Care NI Conference, organised by Northern Ireland Confederation for Health and Social Services (NICON) on 8th and 9th October.
Presenting the awards, Minister Wells said: “Northern Ireland has delivered significant improvements in eHealth and Care over the last few years, making a difference to patients, clients and carers. The innovative projects nominated demonstrate how introducing new ways of working through eHealth can improve the services we provide and deliver to local people, in line with Transforming Your Care.
“The awards also showcase how health and social care staff are continuing to think creatively and I commend everyone involved in the delivery of these projects. Your professionalism and expertise in a very demanding and challenging health service are to be applauded.”
Over 27 entries were received from Health and Social Care teams across the region for the two categories selected for this year’s prestigious awards.
The winner for the category of ‘Best use of eHealth to support integrated health and care services was the Electronic Discharge Summary Project in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. This project means that the most up to date information on hospital treatment is always available to your GP and others to support better post hospital care.
The winning project for the second category on ‘Best use of technology to support improved health and care services’ was the Diabetes Insulin Guidance System: (d-NavTM) within the South Eastern Health and Social Care
D-Nav™. allows people with diabetes to easily regulate their own insulin dosage, through a small device the size of a mobile phone. The pilot, overseen by diabetes expert, Dr Roy Harper, has been so successful that he believes patients will be able to control their condition, and that hospital visits will be radically reduced.
Speaking at the event, Valerie Watts, Chief Executive of the Health and Social Care Board added: “I wish to extend my congratulations on behalf of the Board to all the winners and runners up and indeed all the nominees included in this year’s first ever eHealth Awards. Your commitment to continually improving the quality of care delivered by health and social care in Northern Ireland ensures better outcomes for patients and clients which is at the heart of everything we aim to do. I welcome these eHealth awards to recognise your efforts, thank you.”
Delighted with receiving the award for ‘Best use of eHealth to support integrated health and care services, Mairead McAlinden, Chief Executive of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust said: “The electronic discharge summary project has been a good clinical collaboration with our specialist staff in IT and has produced fantastic results.”
Dr Roy Harper, Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist at the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust accepted the Award for the ‘Best use of technology to support improved health and care services and congratulated staff saying: “Well done to the team at the South Eastern Trust and to Hygieia. Northern Ireland is the first place in the world to deploy this innovative assistive technology which has the potential to improve the lives of millions. It helps those living with diabetes to get the most out of their insulin therapy and to stay healthier for longer.”