HTN 100

HTN 100: NHS Digital, Omnicell, EQL, Patchwork and Skills for Health

NHS Digital puts biometric login coding at developers’ fingertips

The code allows patients to access the NHS App through face or fingerprint recognition technology.

Chris Fleming, Delivery Director at NHS Digital said “The NHS App team has open sourced code which will help those using NHS login as an identity and authentication provider to confirm people’s identity using fingerprint and facial recognition.”

“We received great feedback from login users as it sped up the process considerably for them, and we wanted others to benefit from the work. The team has released two libraries for developers.”


Omnicell showcases medication dispensing and administration solution

vMAR is a new product from healthcare automation and medication adherence experts, Omnicell UK. It fully automates the medication dispensing and administration process for both pharmacies and care homes, whilst reducing the risk of error.

It allows for a complete audit trail and closes the loop around medication management, which is notoriously prone to human error, allowing for complete traceability from the moment a pill is dispensed to the moment it is administered. It is the first time that two existing Omnicell products, eMAR and VBM, have been connected and the vMAR system saves time on manual tasks in both pharmacies and care homes. For more information, visit


EQL signs US partnership deal

EQL a health tech start up part of the NHS DigitalHealth.London programme has agreed a partnership with Raintree Systems Inc. one of the world’s largest providers of specialist practice management and clinical documentation tools.

EQL provides an AI-driven physiotherapy assessment tool, Phio. It will form part of the patient engagement platform provided by Raintree Systems.

Terrence Sims, President and COO at Raintree Systems said “At Raintree Systems we are committed to working with partners that can help our clients to improve patient care and medical outcomes. Phio is the perfect fit for us and we believe that it will bring real value to the provider, practice and patient.”

Jason Ward, CEO of EQL, who along with Peter Grinbergs co-founded the company, said “EQLs mission of delivering user centric, clinically robust digital healthcare is a perfect fit for the often unengaged and inefficient USA healthcare system, proving once again that great technology breaks down traditional barriers. Since our launch we have been inundated with interest from organisations including NHS providers, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), global insurance companies and Occupational Health providers. As a result, we are in the process of signing MOUs with over 30 organisations worldwide.”


Skills for Health and Patchwork collaborate to improve clinical staffing

A new partnership has been established between Skills for Health and digital health company Patchwork, to bring an innovation-led approach to NHS clinical staffing.

The partnership will focus on improving interoperability between NHS staffing systems.

John Rogers, Chief Executive of Skills for Health, which is part of the Workforce Development Trust, said “We are delighted to be working with an innovative company like Patchwork. The strength of Patchwork as a partner increases the value of our rostering offer and makes life easier for our customers. It is an exciting time for both parties – we view this as just the start of a journey where our combined capabilities will deliver even more benefit to our customers in the future.”

Dr Anas Nader, CEO and Co-founder of Patchwork, commented “Skills for Health’s Realtime Rostering software is one of the most popular rostering products on the market. By working together to integrate it with our tech-enabled bank solution, we can offer an even more comprehensive workforce solution to NHS Trusts across the UK. We want to ensure our systems are interoperable with other leading solutions on the market, so that Trusts can continue to save money and create the best working environment for their staff.“

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