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Hospital tablet computers cut nurse time by up to 30 per cent, study finds

A project to replace bedside paper charts with tablet computers in Oxfordshire’s NHS hospitals reduced the typical time taken to input patients’ vital signs by up to 30%, a study has found. The System for Electronic Notification and Documentation (SEND) was developed by the University of Oxford for recording patient vital signs. A study of … Read more

Industry partnership to deploy digital technology in NHS

Drayson Technologies, Oxford University and Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust have signed three agreements to collaborate on the development, testing and future commercialisation of three clinically validated digital health products arising from BRC-funded research undertaken by engineers and doctors at Oxford University and OUH. The products are designed to provide significant improvements in … Read more

BRC researcher to lead NIHR funding board

An Oxford BRC-supported researcher is to chair a new national NIHR board to assess funding applications. Prof Andrew Farmer will assess applications to the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme (NIHR-HTA). The NIHR HTA Programme is the biggest of the NIHR research programmes and assesses around 600 research applications every year. Due to the increasing popularity of … Read more

Health minister learns about digital innovation at Oxfordshire hospitals

  Lord Prior, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health, is shown The System for Electronic Notification and Documentation (SEND) system at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital by Geratology Consultant by Dr Sudhir Singh  Digital technology to improve patient care at Oxfordshire’s hospitals was showcased during a visit to the John Radcliffe Hospital … Read more

BRC supports Oxford Technology Showcase

Oxford BRC Director Prof Keith Channon (left) chaired a session on cardiovascular disease and stroke. Picture: John Cairns. The fourth annual Oxford Technology Showcase was held on Wednesday 6th July at Oxford’s Saïd Business School. The event brought together experts and innovators from Oxford University, the Oxford University Hospital Trust and the Oxfordshire region. Over 300 … Read more

Data debate video and podcast now online

A video of an hour-long debate on issues around mass sharing of patient data to support research and improve patient care can now be viewed online. “Good to share? Data, research, privacy and the NHS” was held as part of the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre’s Public Open Day – Celebrating Biomedical Research on April … Read more

Tablet computing to improve patient safety comes to John Radcliffe Hospital

A project to replace bedside paper charts with “early warning” tablet computers to identify at risk patients at Oxfordshire acute hospitals is now being rolled out at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust this week started to bring its System for Electronic Notification and Documentation (SEND) project to the Headington hospital. … Read more

Bedside computer project showcased at forum

The SEND team (left to right) Timothy Bonnici, Peter Watkinson, Soubera Rymell and Samuel Wilson A BRC-supported project to replace bedside paper charts with tablet computers at Oxfordshire hospitals was showcased at an event about innovation in healthcare. The System for Electronic Notification and Documentation (SEND) was demonstrated to visitors at the “Innovation in the … Read more

NIHR Annual Report recognises BRC

The work of the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) in driving research to benefit the NHS has been recognised in the 2014/15 Annual Report of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The report details the achievements of the NIHR – which funds research organisations across England, including the BRC – in the 2014/15 … Read more

Precision medicine boost for Oxford

Oxford is today named as a centre for excellence leading the drive to tailor more treatments to the needs of individual patients. A Precision Medicine Catapult centre will be established in Oxford bringing together business and research to develop new products and services. This project will be led by the Oxford Academic Health Science Network … Read more

BRC projects help Trust scoop award

Projects supported by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre have helped the county’s hospital authority scoop a top award for using digital technology to improve patient care. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) won the Digital Hospital of the Year award in the E-Health Insider Awards 2015 on October 1, from a shortlist of … Read more

Heart failure patients applaud support app

Heart failure patients have praised an NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre-supported project that allows them to monitor their condition and communicate with researchers through tablet computers. A survey of users reported they found the system – through which they monitored their blood pressure, heart rate and weight – was easy to use and helped reassured … Read more

Nomination for BRC-backed blood project

A project supported by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre has been nominated for a leading patient safety award. The Real-Time Blood Transfusion Data and Decision Support project has been nominated in the Technology and IT to Improve Patient Safety category for the Patient Safety Awards 2015, organised by the Health Service Journal and the … Read more

App is transforming heart patient’s life

Scientists hope to revolutionise the way patients with heart conditions are monitored with a new app. Researchers at the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre have begun the second phase of a study that allows doctors to monitor around the clock the weight, heart rate and blood oxygen levels of patients who have heart conditions. Read more on … Read more

iPad monitoring system to improve patient care

AN INNOVATIVE  iPad-based early-warning system for patient monitoring will be rolled out across Oxfordshire hospitals thanks to a £550,000 funding boost. The System for Electronic Notes Documentation (SEND) project , developed with support from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, won funding from the Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards NHS Technology … Read more

Human liver kept alive outside the body

A donated human liver has been ‘kept alive’ outside a human being and then successfully transplanted into a patient in need of a new liver. So far the groundbreaking procedure has been performed on two patients on the liver transplant waiting list and both are making excellent recoveries. Currently transplantation depends on preserving donor organs … Read more

Oxford spin-out provides software to monitor vital signs via webcam

A new Oxford spin-out, OxeHealth, spun out from Oxford’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, will allow a patient’s health to be monitored using a webcam and a software application. The software will detect the patient’s heart rate, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation even in artificial light without the need for any physical contact or additional hardware. … Read more

mHealth: mobile technology for 21st century healthcare

Professor Lionel Tarassenko is the theme leader for the Bioengineering, Innovation & Technology research theme at the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre.  On Feb 22 he gave a talk hosted by the Royal Academy of Engineering on how mobile technology is being used in modern healthcare settings. Professor Tarassenko is the author of 120 refereed publications, 125 conference papers, … Read more