App developed in 48 hours to support 2 trusts

Earlier this week joint CIO of London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust and The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS FT, Sonia Patel, set out a challenge on Twitter calling for any SME to support the organisations deliver an app for virtual visits. 

The app needed to be developed within 48 hours, help patients have secure virtual visits with their loved ones and not be limited by operating system.

Made Tech, a London based software business stepped up to deliver the app to support patients at the trusts have virtual visits with their relatives.

The company said “This week our team has been working hard on a very special project with the NHS and Sonia Patel to connect COVID- 19 patients with their loved ones while in hospital!”

“Due to the restrictions on visitors and personal devices within wards, our engineers have created a Virtual Visitation Service that allows NHS nurses to schedule video calls between patients and their loved ones.”

“Not only will this project help reduce the stress of separation for many impacted by COVID-19, but our amazing team was able to deliver this project within 48hrs!”

Sonia Patel said “Thanks Made Tech for standing up an alpha app within 48 hours. Really looking forward to rolling out public beta across London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust and The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS FT next week.”

Earlier in the week we covered a similar story from Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS FT after speaking with Graham Walsh, Chief Clinical Information Officer at the trust.

The trust has introduced a new technology device to support patients with COVID-19 to have virtual visits, following a successful trial last week. Tackling the problem of clean devices for COVID patients, the Zebra TC-51 is being used with Microsoft Teams. Using the booking functionality in the app, nurses book virtual appointments for patients to have virtual visits with relatives, making a significant difference for both.