Innovation was nationally recognised last night (18 June) with a local health care Trust winning a prestigious award for an in-house technological advancement which played a part in the battle against COVID-19.
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust’s CareScan+ system was named as the winner of the “Supporting Healthcare Teams” prize at the annual Health Tech Newspaper Awards.
CareScan+, a system developed by the Trust’s ICT team to use barcodes and scanners to identify patients and equipment, was adapted to track and monitor the use of non-invasive ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each time a ventilator was put into use, sent for cleaning or stored away, a unique barcode sticker was scanned which automatically updated a data base showing the location and current usage of every ventilator at the University Hospital of North Tees.
Whenever clinicians require a ventilator, a swift check of the database immediately informed them of the availability of the nearest ventilator.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was held virtually. The trophy will be delivered to the Trust shortly.