12 August 2015, North

New Digital Innovation Hub launched at Bath Street Health and Wellbeing Centre

Community Health Partnerships (CHPs) Bath Street Health and Wellbeing Centre in Warrington is showcasing the latest digital technologies in an Innovation Hub, organised between Warrington CCG, clinicians from Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS FT, Cisco and BT.

Digital technology is helping to revolutione healthcare service delivery

Recognising that digital equipment and technology are set to revolutionise the delivery of healthcare services, the CCG and Trust have established a practical exhibition of the latest technologies to inform and educate users, providers and patients.

Five representative scenarios have been created in rooms on the second floor of the centre, including a patient’s home; GP surgery; hospital ward; consulting room and a generic waiting room.

Each is equipped with the latest digital technology from leading suppliers such as BT, Cisco, Total Mobile, Nervecentre, MyLinks and Florence, to demonstrate ways in which delivery of services is being, and will increasingly continue to be, transformed.

The future of digital technology?

Products and systems on display include:

  • A ‘robot’ in the form of a mobile i-pad device, that among other applications, will allow consultants to conduct remote ward rounds
  • Technologies for home monitoring of chronic conditions, patient information and wayfinding
  • Patient and equipment tagging.

Revolutionising the delivery of healthcare services

Ellis Clarke, Matron, Clinical Informatics, for Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and facilitator and co-ordinator of the project said: “There is widespread recognition that digital technology has unlimited potential to revolutionise the way healthcare services are delivered in the future.

"The idea behind the Innovation Hub is to bring the latest technologies together, across a number of typical environments, to show how they are already playing a part in delivering more versatile, efficient and patient-friendly services.

“This is one of the first practical demonstrations of the digital future anywhere in England, so we are keen to make sure that as many providers, clinicians, user groups and other interested parties have access to it as possible. The Bath Street Health and Wellbeing Centre is a prominent and popular location in Warrington and a perfect host venue for a cutting edge project of this kind.”  

Visit the Innovation Hub to find out more

A regular series of demonstrations, presentations and familiarisation sessions for clinicians, patients groups and service providers is scheduled through to the end of March 2016.

There is widespread recognition that digital technology has unlimited potential to revolutionise the way healthcare services are delivered in the future.

Ellis Clarke, Matron, Clinical Informatics, for Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust