Secondary Care

Newcastle Hospitals signs contract for 60 digital health tools

NHS-owned digital health company Health Call has renewed its partnership to supply digital tools for North East and North Cumbria ICS, securing its biggest contract to date.

The company works with healthcare professionals to develop digital health expertise and resources, and will now support Newcastle Hospitals and other trusts in the region with over 60 applications over the next three years, covering a range of digital tools.

The new contract, worth £1 million, will supply applications in areas such as remote patient pathways, and to support staff with greater “control of clinics, budgets and data, better data security and a robust audit trail”.

Newcastle Hospitals secured the license on behalf of the North East and North Cumbria ICS.

“It’s an extremely exciting time for Health Call and this important contract further validates our work across the North East and North Cumbria,” said Ian Dove, Managing Director at Health Call. “The new contract is a testament to the trust our region has in Health Call, and we are looking forward to making a further positive impact. The regional licence will provide investment into our region that will allow us to unify, improve and streamline the way NHS services are delivered across primary and secondary care.”

Dr Chris Plummer, Chief Clinical Informatics Officer at Newcastle Hospitals, commented: “We’re pleased to announce the renewal of our regionwide remote monitoring planform capabilities with Health Call. This provides the region with access to over 60 clinically designed digital solutions and some exciting future developments, including integration into the Patient Engagement Platform (PEP) and the NHS App through the Great North Care Record.”

Recently, as part of HTN Now, we welcomed Graham King, Chief Information Officer at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who delivered a live webcast on the trust’s electronic patient record journey. You can watch the session here.