Multi-year contract to deliver Nervecentre tech as Ireland’s sole acute floor information system

Ireland’s Health Service Executive has awarded a multi-year contract to Cardiac Services to deliver Nervecentre’s software as Ireland’s sole country-wide acute floor information system (AFIS), with implementation to be phased across 40 hospitals.

Nervecentre describes the vision of AFIS as providing “a single point of access to unscheduled and emergency care services that will improve onward access to specialist services and risk assessment, ultimately making the flow of patients more efficient”.

It is hoped that Nervecentre’s technology, already used in the emergency departments of seven acute NHS trusts in England, will support clinicians in recording detailed clinical information at speed on mobile devices; enable rapid triage, assessment and clinical decision-making; provide real-time patient flow tracking; support multi-disciplinary working; and provide data to support operational control and improve management of services.

Ronan O’Brien, managing director of Cardiac Services, comments: “With current pressures across Ireland in the Acute Floor Space, we feel the implementation of a mobile first, digital patient record will transform both the clinician and patient experience which will lead to better capacity planning and ultimately, better patient outcomes.”

Nervecentre’s CEO Paul Volkaerts adds: “We are delighted that the HSE has chosen Nervecentre as its AFIS. We look forward to working together with Ireland’s hospitals and Cardiac Services to support this innovative acute floor model that will improve the efficiency and quality of care.”

Last November, we interviewed Paul to hear his thoughts on the requirements and challenges of EPR markets. “We’re moving towards a world where technology will be the differentiating factor between hospitals that perform well and those that don’t,” he stated; catch up with the interview in full here.

In other news from Ireland, we covered the launch of a new visual data monitoring platform designed to share data in a number of key areas including level of access to health services and quality of care, with the aim of supporting improvements in Ireland’s health service and keeping the public informed on its performance.