Future Healthcare NI are in the final 10 the 25K Awards

28/09/2011

Future Healthcare NI are in the final 10 the 25K Awards

C-TRIC, Northern Ireland’s Healthcare Innovation hub  based at Altnagelvin Hospital, is working in close collaboration with Northern Ireland start up, Future Healthcare NI,  to improve clinical and operational communication within healthcare.

Improvements in ICT infrastructure within healthcare,  smart phone technology, downloadable apps and advances in cloud computing have created the potential for development of innovative communication tools in the healthcare market  that will improve quality and increase efficiency  whilst reducing risks.

AIRO, a healthcare ‘Dashboard’, is a collaboration between the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) and local entrepreneurs.  The innovative product has been shortlisted as one of the top ten ‘Big Ideas’ in Northern Ireland as part of the 25K Business Plan Awards that are held annually. The team is hopeful that success in this competition will increase their visibility and validate their innovative approach.

Dr Paul Moutray and Andreanne Clarke are the dual driving force behind AIRO . Paul, who is also a Clinical Consultant himself, said “There are many examples within current healthcare of inefficient communication, for example practices around paging systems.  These systems seem increasingly antiquated in light of advances in data transfer and smartphone technology. Future Healthcare NI has developed the AIRO Clinical Communicator, a web based clinical task management dashboard, designed to improve the communication between doctors and nurses which improves patient safety and reduces costs.

Dr Geoff Nesbitt, Director of Quality and Safety at the Western Trust added, “We are always keen to explore new and innovative ways of improving clinical practice for the benefit of our patients.  Good communication is central to the provision of high quality care in the health care service."

Maurice O’Kane, Chief Executive of C-TRIC said,  “We are delighted that C-TRIC project is represented for the second year running in the top 10 of the 25K Awards.  We are hopeful that with AIRO we can repeat the success we had last year with SmartAir Medical winning the biotech category with their novel method monitoring the delivery of inhaled medication.”