New NHS Tariff System Offers Good News For Maternity

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“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.

 

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust mobilise their community workers with solution from Isosec and Partners

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Mobile app solution ‘MIA’ from Isosec means Oxleas NHS clinicians can reduce unproductive admin and travel time to be better spent on patients.

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust has been working on providing community based staff with the ability to access and update clinical records securely, whilst working remotely.

Geographically, Oxleas covers over 125 sites across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and into Kent, so mobile working is crucial to improving patient care whilst maximising efficiency and productivity.

The partnership solution between Isosec’s MIA, Servelec’s RiO and Precise Biometrics’ smartcard reader has allowed the Trust to become the first NHS organisation in the country to use the mobile working solution on an iOS platform. This provides safe and secure remote access for clinicians.

The mobile solution reduces the need for clinicians to come into base to gather and update records as they now do this directly on their tablet device.

“My ability to be out and about for most of the day certainly benefits my patients. Rather than having to come back to pick up information, to get addresses or phone numbers, I can be much more responsive.” – Daniel Baptiste, Enteral Feeding Specialist Dietician, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Additional benefits include:

  • Minimising unnecessary travel time and expenses
  • Reducing duplication of administrative tasks
  • Costs recovered from reducing unproductive tasks
  • Maximising data quality by supporting digital working
  • A paperlite service
  • Time gained now spent on patient care
  • Isosec Analytics provides real time usage data to measure success

Oxleas have over 1,000 users with plans to extend the service provision to several hundred more. This makes Oxleas the first Trust in the country to use the partnership solution at scale.

You can watch the Oxleas case study video or download the white paper from www.isosec.co.uk to hear users talk about the solution in more detail. If you would like to request a MIA demo please visit the website or contact info@isosec.co.uk.

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Isosec fundraise for baby charity Bliss

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Isosec shortlisted for prestigious HSJ Value in Healthcare Award

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Isosec and the Maternity Department at Imperial College NHS have been shortlisted in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology category at the 2016 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards with their innovative MIA solution, to be held on 24 May at Manchester Central, Manchester.

The HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards recognises and rewards outstanding efficiency and improvement by the NHS. The awards continue to recognise excellent use of resources. But they also seek out examples of demonstrable improvement in outcomes, both within back office functions and clinical initiatives.

Entrants demonstrated that they are striving to improve value and efficiency in healthcare and have been judged to be leading the way in this increasingly important area.

The shortlisted organisations will now complete presentations and interviews to a specific judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector. These include:

  • Bob Ricketts, Director of Commissioning Support Services Strategy, NHS England
  • Tracy Taylor, Chief Executive , Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Karen Lynas, Interim Managing Director, NHS Leadership Academy
  • Adrian Hayter, Chair, Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead CCG
  • Dr Susan Hamer, Director of Nursing, Learning and Organisational Development, NIHR Clinical Research Network

The awards will be handed out at an inspirational ceremony on 24 May 2016 at Manchester Central, Manchester.

For more information on the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards go to https://value.hsj.co.uk/

EMAP media contact: Leila Widaa on 020 3033 2893 or Leila.Widaa@emap.com

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New Pilot Analytics Service Announced

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We are preparing the next set of Isosec products as part of our Isosec Roadmap and would like to announce a pilot Analytics service. This first instalment will enable trusts to access all their user authentication records for all Isosec products.

Initially the analytics service information available is limited to:

    Authentication Timestamp, Isosec Product, Isosec Product Version, Device Id, User Certificate Id, Platform Operating System

This applies to our MIA platform and MIA applications such as MIA Maternity as well as iO and iO Local which is embedded as part of RiO Store and Forward and Open RiO.

As part of the roadmap, we’ll then look to add a rich set of additional information, including user information, GPS location information, clinical application information and detailed device information.

This will culminate with an analytics dashboard providing key business insights and governance information on the usage of clinical applications by users on desktop, virtual or mobile devices.

What can Analytics do?

Analytics provides a complete and detailed view of how users access which applications from which device and where. This can be done directly through inspecting a specific user, device or application or even location. It can also be done indirectly by identifying patterns in this information.

This can enable:

  • Uncovering of Information Governance issues directly or indirectly through unusual behaviour such as the sharing of smartcard credentials
  • Identifying where applications are or not being used by certain users

A glimpse of things to come:

Isosec Analytics Dashboard Screen

If you would be interested in being part of a pilot for the analytics service email support@isosec.co.uk to register your interest.