05 Dec 2014 - NWAS and IPL win IT award

Innovative healthcare system from North West Ambulance Trust and IPL wins second leading IT award

A transformative healthcare IT system from the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) and IPL, a full-service IT solutions company, has received its second award of the year, after being crowned a winner at the 2014 Health Business awards. The Electronic Referral Information Sharing System (ERISS) has won the coveted ‘Patient Data Award’ for the innovative way it enables better patient care.

NWAS, with the help of ERISS, delivers the right care at the right time in the right place by enabling multiple care providers to securely share information and manage patient care needs. Doctors and clinicians can flag up any conditions or care pathways a patient may have in ERISS, and this information is then shared with ambulance crews, thereby ensuring paramedics administer the most appropriate care to the patients they see. ERISS also enables ambulance crews to quickly and securely make patient care and safeguarding referrals to other providers, thereby helping to avoid unnecessary A&E attendances and helping to protect the vulnerable.

Phill James, Head of Programme Management Office at NWAS NHS Trust, said: “We’re delighted that ERISS has again been recognised for delivering excellence in healthcare, continuing on from its previous win for Innovation of the Year at the ISDN Informatics Awards. The improvements in information sharing and decision-making that ERISS enables have made a real difference to patients across the North West of England, and with 2,300 registered users and counting, ERISS is playing an increasingly important role in providing integrated healthcare services across the region.”

Simon Catley, Services Director at IPL, said: “ERISS has clearly demonstrated the improvements in patient care that integrated IT systems can bring, and we’re absolutely thrilled that the work of IPL and NWAS has again been recognised as industry-leading by healthcare experts.”

 For more information on ERISS, please visit www.eriss.nhs.uk or http://www.nwas.nhs.uk/health-professionals/eriss/