Helen Thomas, interim director NHS Wales Informatics Service, and Paul Lawrence, Ascom UK's managing director

A Staffordshire tech firm has won a £13 million contract aimed at improving the storage of patient information and other digital services across part of the NHS.

Ascom UK, which provides ICT, mobile workflow and communication systems focused on healthcare, retail, hospitality and manufacturing, will develop and manage a national critical care information system for NHS Wales over a seven-year period.

The brief will see its clinical information system used by intensive care staff to record patient assessments electronically, manage prescriptions and drug administration and connect with equipment to record vital signs and fluid balance alongside other digital services.

The Lichfield-based company said that previously just three of Wales' units used electronic systems from other suppliers while the remainder used paper.

Ascom UK managing director Paul Lawrence said: "We are absolutely delighted to secure this important contract and look forward to working closely with NHS Wales Informatics Service to ensure a smooth rollout.

"Our partnership will move critical care units away from paper and onto a system that will make life easier for clinicians, freeing up thinking time in a highly pressurised environment and provide a single source of truth for patient information.

"This will not only help improve patient care at the bedside but benefit audit and research to refine best practice and critical care structures in the future."

The initial contract is for seven years with an option to extend it by a further three.

Ascom UK will begin rolling out the technology to The Grange University Hospital in Newport from early next year followed by a phased rollout to other units until 2023.

Originial source: Business Live

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