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Tech to boost patient care: Softcat and Idox support NHS Trust’s digital innovation strategy

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust selects Softcat and Idox to transform its equipment tracking and traceability

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Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the UK’s leading heart and lung hospital, has selected Softcat and Idox’s iAssets tracking solution to improve patient safety, clinical staff productivity, and overall efficiency.

The solution will use GS1-compliant passive RFID tags to enable real-time tracking of all equipment that moves around the hospital. The solution supports the Trust’s digital innovation strategy by providing a safe and cost-effective way to track hospital equipment.

- 11,500 items of medical equipment tracked, with plans to scale to all hospital equipment

- GS1-compliant passive RFID tags enable real-time tracking to locate equipment

- iAssets will substantially reduce time in searching, servicing and auditing equipment, increase equipment availability for effective patient care and reduce cost of re-procuring missing equipment

Andrew Raynes, CIO at Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Freeing up time for our staff to spend with patients rather than searching for equipment is a critical benefit to deploying Idox’s iAssets solution. With greater levels of traceability, staff can also maximise the impact of available resources and better control budgets through reduced asset loss, saving the Trust – and taxpayers – significant costs.”

With Scan4safety and GS1 compliance at its core, iAssets will initially be used to track 11,500 items of medical equipment but the Trust plans to scale the solution beyond medical equipment to include all hospital items that move around the Trust estate, including beds, laptops, pumps and much more.

Steve Bruce, Divisional Director of Assets at Idox, explained: “Working with Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been an exciting journey of innovation through which our collective ambition has been to ensure that the right equipment is in the right place, for the right patient, at the right time. We are looking forward to continuing our collaborative partnership and scaling the solution further to, in time, capture the total patient encounter while enhancing digital sustainability through accurate equipment tracking.”

Softcat's Public Sector team supports customers with dedicated, regionally-aligned account managers who hold a wealth of experience in each sector. This enables access to a broad range of technologies which can be procured compliantly under frameworks, while also avoiding the cost and time associated with lengthy procurement exercises. 

Graham Charlton, Softcat CEO, said: “We love the opportunity to deliver cutting edge technology that can benefit public sector organisations. This is so important given the shift in recent years to ways of working, budgets and technological advancements. By supporting projects like this with Idox and Royal Papworth we can drive digital transformation, save resources and time, and improve patient care. We look forward to supporting their journey and continuing our collaboration."

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