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Trust's use of digital observations technology demonstrated at major conference

Manchester Royal Infirmary matron to share how new technology has engaged the workforce at The Future of Nursing and Technology event on 3rd March 2016

Nurses will learn how the Trust is using Patientrack to help reduce mortality and address major clinical priorities, at an event looking at how the nursing profession can use technology to meet the needs of patients.

Matron, Richard Cox is to share how the trust has implemented Patientrack at the Future of Nursing and Technology conference taking place in London on 3rd March. Recent successes include improvements in gynaecology that have helped the trust move from a VTE re-assessment 45% protocol compliance rate to 81% in just five days. The Patientrack system has been developed through the trust and Patientrack partnership to use to the system to manage patients with diabetes and or requiring neurological assessments. Both of these developments are currently being piloted within clinical areas before final implementation trust-wide.

His talk is entitled 'Nurses at the forefront of change... The story of pioneering a brand new IT clinical system', and will share the story of the nursing role in implementing Patientrack, and how it can be replicated by others. The matron will show how the successful implementation of Patientrack ensured a commitment to change within the organisation, with nurses and midwives being key to changes being embedded and improving outcomes for patients.

"Getting the implementation and engagement right is essential for patient safety and user experience. The right product and the right implementation strategy has ensured our organisation is constantly engaged to improve and develop the Patientrack system, to meet the changing needs of healthcare," said Richard Cox, who works in the Acute Care Team and is the Patientrack project manager.

The Trust has been using Patientrack for several years, and the investment, in conjunction with other acute care initiatives, helped the trust reduce cardiac arrests and critical care length of stay, and ensure that the right clinician sees the right patient at the right time.

Donald Kennedy, managing director of Patientrack, said: "Central Manchester is doing some excellent work around patient safety, and we are pleased that we can help the nursing team and others across the hospital with our support. It shows how the nursing profession is embracing technology to help achieve great success in the delivery of quality care."

The success at Manchester is down to the ease of use and the shared understanding that the technology delivers; nurses capture observations digitally and doctors are alerted when those readings indicate that a patient needs attention.

The Trust also celebrates those areas that are making the best use of Patientrack technology on a monthly basis, using reports from data that the system produces, which help drive patient safety and encourage the enthusiasm of the staff in Manchester.

Nurses will hear from Richard Cox on how this combination of enthusiasm and technology has helped the trust engage both doctors and nurses to use technology to improve patient safety and the quality of care.