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HTN 100 Featuring: Vitaccess, Melanoma UK, Philips, Dem Dx and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay

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Oxford based scale-up donates £10,000 to Melanoma UK

Vitaccess, as part of their syndicated project with patient support charity Melanoma UK, has donated £10,000 towards an Adamo Horus HS800 mole mapper for the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

In October 2017, Vitaccess, Melanoma UK and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust joined to create the patient-centric Melanoma UK app. The project financed by Vitaccess is based on profit share with the charity Melanoma UK.

The study app collects data from people living with melanoma, such as quality of life, treatment patterns, demographic and epidemiological data across all stages of disease, treatment, and beyond.

Dr Mark Larkin, Vitaccess CEO commented “We are thrilled to have reached the point where we can give back to the community with this donation. A lot of work has gone into the creation of the Melanoma UK app and it is very rewarding not only to hear how useful it is to patients, but to be able to support projects that are meaningful for them, such as mole mapper units going into NHS hospitals. The collection of real-world evidence provides a map of how melanoma impacts the daily life of patients in near real-time. Access to this information helps not only the industry in their research but also academic researchers who can access it for free by application to the scientific board.”

Diane Cannon, Corporate Partnership Director at Melanoma UK  “With this app, Mark’s team has provided Melanoma UK with the first digital registry of its kind. Bringing patients a tool that allows them to manage their condition whilst helping research at the same time was a ground-breaking idea. To now see them supporting Melanoma UK in our bid to equip as many NHS hospitals as possible with Adamo’s body mole mappers is such a tangible and game-changing result of our partnership. Mole analysing and body mapping technology helps detect melanoma and skin cancer very early on and, as we’ve seen thanks to the registry, the outcomes look more positive when you get diagnosed early.”

Philips acquires Carestream Healthcare IT Business

Philips a global leader in health technology has acquired Carestream’s HCIS business unit.

The unit provides imaging IT solutions to multi-site hospitals, radiology services providers, imaging centers and specialty medical clinics around the world. As a result of this acquisition, Philips’ expanded healthcare IT business will feature Carestream’s enterprise imaging platform—including VNA, diagnostic and enterprise viewers, multimedia reporting, workflow orchestrator and clinical, operational and business analytics tools—as part of its broad portfolio.

Ludovic D’Aprea, Carestream’s General Manager for Healthcare Information Solutions “By becoming part of Philips, the HCIS business will have a greater opportunity to thrive and grow. Both organisations share a commitment to meaningful innovation which is deeply embedded in each company’s culture. Customers will have access to a broader portfolio of healthcare IT solutions to simplify medical image management, enable effective collaboration and enhance patient care.”

Dem Dx announces NHS Non-Executive Director appointment to its Advisory Board

Dem Dx has announced the appointment of Joanne Shaw to its Advisory Board.

Joanne is experienced in the commercial, public and third sectors and healthcare. She currently serves as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee of NHS England as well as a Non-Executive Director of Vitality UK.

Dr Lorin Gresser, CEO & Co-Founder “Joanne very much shares our values and our focus on health innovation. We are thrilled that Joanne will be joining our advisory board and that we will benefit from her talent and expertise to help guide Dem Dx in its next phase of growth.”

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay benefits from new digital meal ordering system

An electronic system which allows staff on the wards at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary to order inpatient meals on the same day has reduced food wastage by an average of 49% since it was introduced in July 2018 – this equates to a saving of £26,000.

Before the new system staff would have had to fill in a paper form and take it to catering staff a day in advance – this could mean that if a patient’s appetite changed meals could be wasted.

The system was rolled out at FGH between August and October 2018. Since the system swap, 359,819 meals have been ordered on 20 wards at RLI and nine wards at FGH. The old paper process could take ward staff up to one hour 30 minutes to complete – so staff time has also been saved by using the new system.

Jackie O’ Brien, Catering Manager, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), said: “The reduction of food wastage has been staggering and something we’re really proud of. The new system has saved time for catering supervisors’ as they no longer have to count meal numbers. The new system does this automatically for them. So they have more time to better provide the services that focus on patient improvements.”



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