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November 2014 
Welsh IT heads to Ebola War's front line

Clinicians in Sierra Leone to use Injectable Medicines Guide  

 

A new specialist 80-bed emergency Ebola Treatment Unit in Sierra Leone is using a NHS Wales Informatics Service tool to help diagnose and treat patients infected with the Ebola virus.

 

The unit, set up by Save The Children is using the Injectable Medicines Guide - a website containing comprehensive information about injectable medicines including details on dosage and how to administer them.

 

The centre will increase local capacity to rapidly assess and hospitalize patients, while helping to reduce the risk of further infecting friends and relatives at home.

 

So far, Sierra Leone is the second worst-affected country by the Ebola crisis in West Africa, with more than 3,700 confirmed cases and over a thousand deaths.

 

New platform for Welsh systems
Fiorano to provide integration platform 
  
Fiorano Software, a leader in enterprise integration middleware solutions, has been selected by the NHS Wales Informatics Service to provide the replacement for its current integration platform.
 
The new platform will provide NHS Wales with the tools to speedily provide integration services which will enable access to patient information by health professionals, where and when it is needed, regardless of healthcare setting or location.
  
The platform will modernise and standardise the sharing of messages between national and local systems while improving the resilience of the existing messaging fabric. It will also allow for more bespoke interfacing of systems with specific functional requirements.
Yes, your appointment IS at 10am tomorrow
Service will remind patients of appointments and provide health alerts
 

Six GP practices in Wales are taking part in piloting a new texting service.

 

The service, currently known as 'My Health Text' will be free to GP practices, and provided via their system suppliers.

 

The service will be used to send reminders to patients of appointments with their GP. It can also be used to send public health alerts (for those applicable) and invitations to clinic appointments.
  
A national rollout is planned to begin next year.
Investing in Eye-T

New project to connect optometry practices

 

A new project is underway to connect Community Optometry Practices in Wales to the NHS Wales IT network.

 

The project is funded by Welsh Government and is being managed by the NHS Wales Informatics Service.

 

The project will give each practice a one-off IT allowance of 500 to invest towards the cost of the necessary supporting infrastructure needed to achieve connectivity to the NHS Wales Network. As examples, the funding might be used for rural location or deprived areas where it may be difficult to achieve connectivity, or for practices with limited or no current IT or telecoms infrastructure. 

 

For practices unable to purchase or upgrade hardware, software and broadband services within the 500 budget, supplementary funding is available. Closing date for completed applications is December 15th 2014.

 

For more information and to apply for funding, visit our NHS Wales Informatics Serice website.

Heading Taffside
NHS Wales Informatics Service's Brunel House offices head to new locale
  

In December, we're relocating our offices in Cardiff's Brunel House to new more affordable offices on the other side of city centre. 


The move is scheduled to take place between the 5th and 15th December and will be undertaken in phases to ensure it is completed without disruption to services. 

 

After the 15th December we will not be operating from Brunel House and our new address will be:
Ty Glan-yr-Afon, 21 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, CF11 9AD


The new office is opposite the grounds of Cardiff Castle, near Millennium Stadium and the River Taff,and around ten minutes walk from Cardiff Central Station.

 

Public car parking is available in the nearby Sophia Gardens.

 

Our existing phone numbers will not change. Our main switchboard number will remain 02920 500500, or 01790 0500 when dialled from an NHS Wales telephone. All service numbers will remain the same.

Informatics survey
 
Your opinion is welcomed

 

Registered users of the HI-ProfILE Contact Database are being asked to contribute to an evaluation of the Health Informatics Career Framework.

 

The feedback, gathered from an online survey, will be used toward improving career development within the Informatics profession in health and social care. 

 

The survey can be accessed through: 

surveymonkey.com/s/HICF

Dr Murphy steps down

 

Our clinical director retires   

 

Dr Martin Murphy is to step down after nine years as Clinical Director of the NHS Wales Informatics Service.   He will retire early in the new year to take up a part-time GP partnership in Holyhead, but will retain an interest in health informatics.

 

Previously Director for Health Information and Knowledge with NHS England, Dr Murphy has a long-standing interest in the use of technology and information to improve patient care. An interest sparked during his earlier career as a GP and later as the medical director of and director of commissioning with St Helens and Knowsley Healthcare Authority.

 

Since joining NHS Wales in 2006, Dr Murphy has been an advocate of clinically-led design. He is recognised as leading on information governance and the development of the consent model used to give urgent care health professionals access to the GP record - a model later adopted by NHS England for its care record service.

 

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