Isosec conquer 90,000 challenge for Bliss baby charity

Isosec took on the ‘90,000 Challenge’ on October 8th to raise money and awareness for baby charity Bliss, who care for babies born too sick or too soon.

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Every year, 90,000 babies are admitted to hospital for specialist care – many of these babies will need lifesaving intensive care. Baby charity Bliss is there for these little ones by empowering their families and working with health professionals to ensure they have the best care possible. Bliss also supports over £10 million of research to make a lasting difference to the lives of premature and sick babies, and fights for their rights within the government and NHS.

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Isosec committed to walk a foot for every single one of the babies born premature in one year. That’s over 17 miles! We actually smashed our target and trekked a total of 22.5 miles! 

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Isosec will also be holding a 90,000 step week challenge in Manchester in November for World Prematurity Day. Check back here or email info@isosec.co.uk for more information on how to take part. If you manage to hit the 90,000 target you could even be eligible for free cake!

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So far we’ve raised over £600! You can still donate to our page for a few more weeks so please give as much or as little as you can for this worthy cause and help us to take a step for babies in need.

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You can sponsor us here and donations will be quickly processed and passed to Bliss. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity’s behalf where the donor is eligible for this.

 

Exclusive Free Trial of MIA Maternity for RCM Conference 2016

The Royal College of Midwives Annual Conference is one of the biggest dates in our diary. Last year we met so many amazing people, all striving to improve care in Maternity departments in the NHS. This year we’re rewarding those people with an exclusive free trial of MIA Maternity.

Isosec strive to improve the working lives of Midwives with MIA Maternity, the mobile app that replaces inefficient paper processes. MIA reduces admin, travelling and as well as using that time to improve patient care, it also ensures MIA Midwives get home on time! We’ve decided to make your RCM Conference 2016 even more special… We are (very!) excited to officially announce that we are offering an exclusive free trial of MIA Maternity to attendees of the RCM Annual Conference 2016!

This includes the tablet devices, the process redesign to get MIA configured exactly to your working practices and a short pilot period*.

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Do you think this sounds like a good idea, but aren’t sure how it could work in your Trust? Or perhaps you need solid evidence of the benefits to having mobile midwives?

Imperial College Healthcare NHS will be showcasing their digital transformation journey with MIA at 12.10 on Day 1. Come along to discuss the benefits of a more efficient workforce through the use of mobile technology.

Midwives from Imperial College Healthcare NHS and our Co-Founders will be on Stand 17 both days to answer any questions you might have.

We are proud sponsors of the RCM Conference App this year so be sure to download it to plan your conference and read more about Isosec.

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Why not follow us on twitter @isosec to keep up with us before the event starts? We’ll be live tweeting from the event using #RCMConf16 and also posting some great tips and tricks from our MIA Midwives on #MIAMidwives.

If you would like any more information or to arrange a meeting at the RCM Conference or otherwise, please email info@isosec.co.uk or use the contact form on our website.

We’re really looking forward to meeting everyone, see you there! 

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Streamlining Windows and clinical application logon with the NHS Smartcard

As part of our product roadmap, we are about to release our next iO product – iO Logon. I always get a little excited when we release something new and innovative, especially as it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – make the NHS Smartcard able to log on to Windows and the Spine seamlessly.

First some history.

Back in the NPfIT days, we used to joke that Spine SSO (Single Sign On) was the only single sign-on system where a user had to log on twice – once for Windows with username and password (AKA AD Credentials) and then with a smartcard to access Spine clinical applications. This has been the norm for a long time resulting in delays for users wanting to get or update patient information or order tests.

We introduced Spine Session Persistence back in 2012 – the ability to keep clinical applications running even when disconnected from a virtual desktop, saving at least 30 seconds every time a user re-connected back to their virtual desktop. This helped in a big way to improve the experience for clinical users through integrating the technology better.

So, the current user experience goes something like – turn up to work, log in to Windows with username and password. Wait. Virtual desktop appears a few seconds later. Insert smartcard. Enter passcode. Select role. Clinical app starts. Wait. Wait some more. Still waiting. Clinical application now available. After some time using the clinical application, the user disconnects from the virtual desktop to return some time later. Log on to Windows again. Wait. Insert smartcard. Continue using clinical application.

Our vision is about enabling clinicians to do what they do best – treat patients using efficient supporting IT systems. Not the other way round of battling with IT systems to then deliver patient care.

iO Logon delivers just that – a fast and streamlined access to clinical applications.

The new process goes like this:

1. User walks up to a workstation and presents their NHS smartcard – either inserting it or placing it on a contactless reader

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2. User is prompted for their NHS smartcard passcode – not their Windows username and password!

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You’ll notice that there is a remember passcode tickbox meaning that user doesn’t need to enter it again until some policy defined period or event – simply presenting the card next time will allow them straight in.

And that’s it – the user is signed in to Windows and their Spine applications launch. Then, simply remove the smartcard and the user is returned to Step 1. Removing the smartcard disconnects them. Re-presenting the smartcard then simply gets them back to their applications where they left of – a matter of approximately 1 second.

From an administration point of view we’ve designed this to be as simple as possible. Registration for the iO Logon service is done by the user by simply enrolling their card when they present it for the first time:

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Obviously, there is still a management interface for setting up the various policies and de-registering cards, but that’s it.

One of the really great aspects of this new iO Logon product is around the analytics. As Edward Demming famously observed, “without data, you’re just somebody else with an opinion”. Which in the case of user log on time is very true. Just how long does it take to log on and get access to a clinical application? Isosec has his its own cloud based analytics platform that collects this information to give an unequivocal view. This view breaks down in detail to the individual aspects of the authentication process and how long it takes before the clinical app is ready. It also can show a macro view of all authentications for a particular user as well as across groups of users. This then allows bottlenecks to be identified and improvements made. I’ll discuss more about the analytics another time as we release more of our analytics roadmap functionality.

On a final note, iO Logon is part of an exciting and ambitious roadmap for iO. We are busy working through R&D for our next iO solution aimed at agency staff. More on that soon.

New NHS Tariff System Offers Good News For Maternity

“Tariff proposal would see maternity spend increase by 8 per cent” Esther Oxford, Health Service Journal, 2nd August 2016

 

The recent HSJ article suggests that with the newly proposed NHS tariff system spending on Maternity could increase by £221M, a total increase of 8.3%.

Under existing policy, providers are paid according to which care pathway an expectant mother is assigned to. In order to assign pregnant women to the right care pathway, clinicians identify which “clinical complexities” and co-morbidities a woman may develop prior to birth. Women are they then assigned according to the NHS tariff system as standard, intermediate or intensive care pathways, with trusts paid more for the most complex cases.

As a result of the new tariff system, the proportion of women put on pathways providing intensive care is expected to rise from 7.1% of expectant mothers to 11.3%, while 38.7% of women on maternity pathways will be classed as intermediate – up from 27.3% at present. Consequently the proportion of women put on maternity pathways classed as standard – the least expensive tariff – is expected to fall from 65.5% to 50%.

This is great news on the surface but in Isosec’s experience from working closely with Imperial College Healthcare NHS midwives is that the allocation of mothers to the correct category was not always given the attention it warranted. Consequently Trusts were missing out on a large amount of funding (and exposing themselves to potential risk). When the MIA Maternity app was adopted at Imperial College Healthcare NHS the data showed percentages of mums allocated to each category were far from NHS national averages. Senior midwives could soon see that there were some issues with the process (too many women being allocated almost by default to the standard category) and now provide education to their midwives to ensure that (approximately) £170k of potential additional income is recovered.

The moral of this particular piece is that although the message is inherently positive and should be applauded, data must be available to ensure that the correct costs are recovered. This is just one example of data that is very difficult to collect and evidence with paper processes and where using mobile devices will improve the system. MIA collects, evidences and analyses all data passively and presents it as part of our analytics dashboard, so a Trust can easily drill down into their own data and identify any areas for improvement. As the renowned statistician W. Edwards Deming said, “Without data you’re just another person with an opinion.”

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If you think your Trust or organisation may be missing out on revenue because of inefficient paper processes or loss of data please visit our website or arrange a MIA Maternity demo to find out more.

 

Isosec fundraise for baby charity Bliss

Isosec will be taking on the ‘90,000 Challenge’ in September to raise money and awareness for baby charity Bliss, who care for babies born too sick or too soon.

Every year, 90,000 babies are admitted to hospital for specialist care – many of these babies will need lifesaving intensive care. Baby charity Bliss is there for these little ones by empowering their families and working with health professionals to ensure they have the best care possible. Bliss also supports over £10 million of research to make a lasting difference to the lives of premature and sick babies, and fights for their rights within the government and NHS.

Isosec have committed to walk a foot for every single one of the babies born premature in one year. That’s over 17 miles, which we will be trekking around the Peak District in September.

Isosec will also be holding a 90,000 step week challenge and bake sale at our Bruntwood office Blackfriars House in Manchester over the coming months to raise more awareness and funds for Bliss. Check back here or email info@isosec.co.uk for more information on how to take part. If you manage to hit the 90,000 target you could even be eligible for free cake!

Please donate as much or as little as you can for this worthy cause and help us to take a step for babies in need. You can sponsor us here and donations will be quickly processed and passed to Bliss. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity’s behalf where the donor is eligible for this.

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Isosec really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.

New Isosec Website Launch

The new Isosec website is now live with new features and improved speeds as well as showcasing more products than ever before.

The website launch sees the inclusion of MIA Infant Feeding and MIA/RiO as part of our expanded product range as well as showcasing the pre-established products MIA Maternity and iO. Brochures for each solution are now available to download.

As Isosec are a rapidly expanding company we have built in the ability to take demo requests for each products through the website. Complete the demo request form with as much information as possible and a member of the team will be in touch.

Another new feature for the site is our events calendar. Here we will list which events we will be attending throughout the year, so you can arrange to meet us there. If this is something you’d like to do just take a look on the website to see where we may cross paths, then send us a message expressing your interest in a meeting.

We’ve added in new testimonials from our happy customers across the whole Isosec product range, including highlights from Oxleas NHS, Central Manchester NHS and of course Imperial College Healthcare NHS. The Imperial case study video is still our featured solution as our MIA work with the midwives there continues to expand. You can watch the accompanying Imperial case study video on the site too.

We’ve also begun to add external contributors to the blog so it’s not just the same people telling you about MIA and Isosec, it’s clinicians too. This way you can read real in depth reviews from our day to day users. You can currently read a recent blog from Award winning Infant Feeding Team Coordinator Justine Baines from Central Manchester Foundation Trust on why they’ve chosen MIA Infant Feeding.

Our old site features have had a makeover too. You will find our list of customers, our partners, some interesting facts and a history of the company. Our lovely team profile and the news section are both extended too. If you go to our Charity section you can read about our upcoming fundraising events and a profile of our Charity of the Year 2016, Bliss.

You can see all the new features on www.isosec.co.uk.

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Award-winning CMFT team using MIA Infant Feeding app

Central Manchester Children’s Community Services: Health Visiting Infant Feeding Team are winners of the Journal of Health Visiting 2016 Award for ‘Best practice in promoting and maintaining breastfeeding’ and have chosen clinical mobile app MIA from Isosec

The national award is in recognition of the work the Infant Feeding team have done to support women in Manchester to breastfeed their babies when presented with complex or ongoing challenges. By offering a home visiting service for clients experiencing urgent feeding difficulties and delivering community sessions for ongoing feeding challenges the team are able to ensure women are given every opportunity to maintain their chosen feeding method and feel confident they receive support when they really need it alongside the ongoing care from their named Health Visitor.

The team has chosen to work with Isosec and adopt the MIA Infant Feeding app to ensure that not only are we able to capture data relating to specific types of referral with measurable outcomes, but we also make best use of client feedback that has been inbuilt into the process. Our client voice is very important to us and by collecting information around performance as well how it has impacted on the relationship between mother and baby, we feel we will be able to ensure our commissioners and service leads feel confident in our ability to provide a quality and effective service.

Our Trust values are at the heart of everything we do and we are working with Isosec to ensure MIA provides us with the opportunity to showcase our hard work.

To read the CMFT Case Study or to book a MIA demo please visit www.isosec.co.uk.

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Winners of HSJ Value Awards 2016

Health Service Journal Awards 2016 reveal Isosec Ltd. didn’t win this time in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology category for their mobile app MIA Maternity.

Isosec would like to congratulate St George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust for their win in the HSJ Award in Obstetrics and Gynaecology recognising Value in Healthcare. Congratulations to Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust who were highly commended in the category. Isosec was also nominated recognising the success of MIA Maternity at Imperial College NHS in London. It was the third high profile awards nomination for MIA Maternity in the past year.

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Marc Poulaud, Co-Founder of Isosec says, “As a company focussed upon delivering solutions that improve patient outcomes, it’s great even to have been nominated so many times for the work we’re doing. The team at Isosec and Imperial look forward to seeing what exciting opportunities MIA Maternity will bring us in the near future.”

Kathy Lanceley, Deputy CIO at Imperial College NHS added, “Working with Isosec has been an absolute revelation. They’ve been responsive to everything we’ve needed; we’ve really learnt how we can do this together. Their maternity solution that we’ve deployed is unique and it’s the first time that our midwives, and probably any others, have had a solution that’s really designed around their working practices, it’s a tailor made fit and they’re very happy.”

The midwives at Imperial have found numerous benefits to using the MIA Maternity app, such as an increase in breastfeeding mothers, an increase in staff satisfaction, decreasing staff sickness, increased data quality and having more time to spend on patient care.

To request a MIA demo please contact us on info@isosec.co.uk or to find out more about the winners HSJ Awards 2016 please visit: www.hsj.co.uk.

 

Future of Midwifery Conference

Last Thursday 28th April was the Future of Midwifery Conference at the University of Salford. Midwives from across Britain came to Adelphi house to hear talks from a great variety of perspectives on how to best proceed in saving midwifery services in a time of crisis.

In 2014 the RCM announced that 82% of its members had voted in favour of a strike, and the number of births has historically risen year on year. Not to mention the rise in complex births and social risk factors; or the fact that a great percentage of midwives are over 50 and already short-staffed… These factors and more have lead to a huge pressure on midwifery services. The learning outcomes of the Future of Midwifery Conference included: Extent of the midwifery shortage, impact of ageing midwives, importance of continuity of care, effect of government legislation on staff and training, impact of ageing mothers, preventing industrial action and supporting midwives under pressure.

So that’s the doom and gloom out of the way. The good news is events like The Future of Midwifery are always bursting with the hugely positive atmosphere of a community who know they have to help each other out in every way they can. Isosec take great pride in meeting and getting to know midwives, and it’s great to hear their ideas and share knowledge for what the Future of Midwifery looks like to them.

Lesley Choucri was chairing the event as Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Supervisor of Midwives at University of Salford. Lesley was expertly followed by Director of RCM England Jacque Gerrard who discussed some of the latest initiatives from RCM to improve midwifery services including the Better Births Initiative and the new Caring For You campaign launching in June. Tracey Cooper from Lancashire Teaching discussed how her hospital ensure mums and partners receive compassionate care that is tailored individually. Then we heard the moving tale of UHMB from Director of Midwifery Sascha Wells following the impact of the Kirkup report and how the future is looking bright for Morecambe Bay with new birthing units and a surge in patient engagement.

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Isosec with the Director of RCM England Jacque Gerrard.

Dawn Jankowicz, specialist midwife discussed the process Bradford went through in becoming a paperless maternity service, a concept that Isosec’s Nigel Elson and Marc Poulaud expanded upon. We discussed how community maternity app MIA works on tablet devices to revolutionise midwives’ working lives. MIA has been proven to increase breastfeeding, promote team sharing of information, increase data quality, leave a clear audit trail of data for Information Governance, pay for itself in less than four months, increase staff satisfaction – even reduce staff sickness.

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Some of the benefits of MIA Maternity, presented by Isosec at Future of Midwifery Conference.

Later in the afternoon we heard from Sisk Healthcare, Jenny Clarke (or Jenny the M as most of us know her!) from Blackpool Fylde and Wyre about her amazing Skin To Skin campaign and new Sidecots campaign. We also heard from Dr Prabhu at WWL.

It was inspiring to hear from so many people in the networking breaks too, all their stories from hospitals who have all felt the effects of recent pressures. Isosec are proud to have a place in the Future of Midwifery and to offer midwives a revolutionary digital tool that can ease the hardships facing our midwives today.

If you would like to know more about Isosec or book a demo to see MIA Maternity for yourself please do not hesitate to get in touch on info@isosec.co.uk.

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