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Devon Partnership NHS Trust Boosts Productivity and Patient Safety while Maximising Coverage with My Flu Jab App Hosted by UKCloud Health

Cloud-based Digital Health App Developed by Devon Partnership NHS Trust Enables Easier Recording, Real-time Reporting and Improved External Submission

London - 19 April 2018 – UKCloud Health, the easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave assured cloud services company, today announced the successful completion of a collaboration with Devon Partnership NHS Trust to implement My Flu Jab App, a cloud-based app developed by the Trust to support staff during the winter flu period.

As the health service in England faces continued pressure following a series of recent cold snaps, it is no longer enough simply to count on the commitment and hard work of staff to overcome some of its most challenging circumstances for years. Facing persistently high flu hospitalisations, a renewed spike in norovirus and prolonged cold weather, just like all other trusts, Devon Partnership NHS Trust has weathered the storm better than most thanks to a new app that it developed called ‘My Flu Jab’.

The app, which was developed by the Informatics team at Devon Partnership NHS Trust - and is hosted remotely by UKCloud Health - has enabled staff to significantly improve their productivity by speeding up the data recording process and eliminating errors.

With a paper-based process, vaccination recoding would have taken 8 minutes each, they now take less than 2 minutes – a 75% decrease in administration time. And where it once took 5-6 hours to manually trawl through data to find out how many people have been vaccinated (sometimes even taking days), this can now be done in real-time. In all it is estimated that a total of 16 man-days were saved by eliminating manual tasks, allowing valuable resources to be redirected to promoting flu vaccination.

Another issue with the paper process was either the inaccuracy or loss of information– with incomplete or missing forms causing significant problems. The app’s electronic form includes built-in validation checks to ensure accuracy. And national data returns, which was once a lengthy and manual exercise, is now automated and streamlined, and records now also include a complete audit history.

“Putting the app to the test during the challenging flu outbreak for years, might not have been the easiest proving ground, but ‘My Flu Jab’ has more than proven its worth,” explained Rony Arafin, Assistant Director of Informatics from The Devon Partnership NHS Trust. “Indeed, it made everything from data recording and reporting so much easier that our vaccinators wouldn’t want to be without it. Not only did it make their jobs appreciably easier, but our improved efficiency ensured a swifter and more effective process thereby also improving patient safety. And it allowed us to reinvest time in further promoting the flu vaccination campaign in order to maximise flu vaccine uptake, all aimed at keeping our staff and patients safe.”

“The Devon Partnership NHS Trust is leading the way in digital health, demonstrating that innovation, coupled with advances in the capabilities of devices and the cloud processing and storage that supports them, can really make a difference,” added Simon Hansford, CEO of UKCloud Health. “Not only do we think that other trusts can obviously benefit from an app like ‘My Flu Jab’, but we expect to see a host of other apps being deployed to help address many of the other challenges that the NHS faces.”

“In allowing direct submission of details and consent on to the system, it facilitated real time data collection, with cumulative flu vaccine totals visible. It also saved further processing time, post flu clinics, avoiding the need to submit paper copy details electronically separately. Win–Win!” added an Infection Prevention & Control Nurse, Devon Partnership NHS Trust & Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

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About Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Devon Partnership NHS Trust provide a wide range of NHS services to people with mental health and learning disability needs - in Devon, the wider South West region and nationally.

We are passionate about promoting good mental health and wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise and resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe and focused on people's recovery.

Our passion and commitment to achieve this shapes our vision, mission and strategy. Our staff are pivotal in everything we do and we are committed to involving them fully in the development of the Trust and our services.

For more information about the Devon Partnership NHS Trust, please visit - https://www.dpt.nhs.uk/

If you would like to find out more about the MyFluJab app, or see a demo of the software, email Devon Partnership NHS Trust at dpt.informatics@nhs.net

About UKCloud Health
UKCloud Health powers healthcare communities. Providing a secure, but easy to use cloud platform that supports digital transformation and enables the optimisation of patient-oriented healthcare, UKCloud Health supports health and care organisations, as well as research and life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

We’re focused on cloud. Our easy to use platform offers an open, collaborative environment to help enhance the way you and your Healthcare colleagues work.

We’re open. You are never locked in. Giving you the choice and flexibility of a range of technology platforms as well as payment models in GBP to avoid currency fluctuations.

Dedicated to the UK Healthcare sector. We support cloud and digital transformation of services across the healthcare sector, including health and care, research and life sciences and the pharmaceutical industry.

We develop communities. UKCloud Health is bringing Healthcare communities together – enabling collaboration, innovation and digital transformation.

Customer engagement. With UKCloud Health you’re never alone. Enjoy peace of mind, knowing we understand the challenges you face. Your success is our success.

Additional information about UKCloud Health can be found at: www.ukcloudhealth.com

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