SymlConnect wins the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board SBRI Challenge Phase 1

“Enabling nurses to spend 10% more time with patients in direct value added care”

SymlConnect Ltd, one of the innovative companies based at the Institute of Life Science 2 building on Swansea University Campus has been successful in winning a Proof of Concept contract under the SBRI challenge.   SymlConnect was one of the five innovative companies to win the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) SBRI project, funded by the Welsh Government and the Technology Strategy Board, to develop and introduce new and innovative ideas to help improve patient care.  SymlConnect specialises in design and development of user friendly software solutions to enhance patient satisfaction and improve time efficiency for Clinicians.  These include smart mobile devices seamlessly linked with existing systems for on-demand information at-the-point-of-care. Working in partnership with BCUHB, SymlConnect are looking to develop technologies which improve information sharing and communication (including interactions with non-clinical sites and patients’ feedback), to improve the  experience of  patients, clinicians and managers within  the Children’s Ward, Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

Managing Director of SymlConnect, Sabarna Mukhopadhyay commented, “ This is an exciting opportunity for the Health Board to make a real difference and involve patients at the heart of their health care and SymlConnect is proud to play an active role to bring this vision to a reality”.

This project provides an opportunity for SymlConnect to work within the NHS in Wales to streamline systems and information flows, to reduce the proportion of nursing time being diverted from patient care to carry out administrative tasks. It opens the prospects of improving patient care, enabling staff to spend more time with their patients and also to support SymlConnect’s business focus on innovative technology, which will be marketable for the future. SymlConnect works in close collaboration with the eHealth Industries Innovation Centre (ehi2) within the Health Informatics Group at Swansea University and acknowledges the support given by the various Welsh Government funded programs.

Martin McSpadden, Senior Charge Nurse from the Health Board said:  “This is a great opportunity for our staff to work with business to find ways to really make their jobs easier and to spend longer on direct patient care.  By being involved right through the design stages we can help the companies develop systems and products that work in the real world, that fit in with the way ward teams operate and which hopefully can then be successfully introduced in other wards and hospitals.”

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SymlConnect collaborating with GP practices in Swansea

Following approval from Andrew Griffiths, Head of NHS Wales, in Jan’13, Syml_CarePad+ is being piloted in four Swansea GP practices using the EMIS GP system. GPs going to home visits, download the patient information in the CarePad+ from their own system before leaving the practice. At the visits they can access the information in a secured and confidential surrounding allowing them to view the up-to-date information and input further data as per consultation. The data is seamlessly uploaded to their own practice system on return to the practice surroundings, saving them clinical time and improving efficiency.

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Policy Forum for Wales Keynote Seminar: Next steps for integrating health and social care services in Wales

Sabarna Mukhopadhyay, CEO was invited to the Policy Forum for Wales Event to be a panel member for‘Integrating health and social care: finance, structures and technology’ and shared the stage with Mel Evans, Chairman, Powys Teaching Health Board, Simon Brindle, Corporate Director, Wellbeing, Bridgend County Borough Council. The Event was held at Cardiff on 17th July. Sabarna’s presentation can be downloaded from here.

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