Oxehealth & Oxford Health Win Building Better Healthcare's "Best Healthcare Software Product" Award
Awards were presented in 22 categories across four different classes, covering Building Design, Patient Environment, Technology, and Estates and Facilities Management, plus there were three special awards, Patient’s Choice, Clinician’s Choice, and the Grand Prix Design Award, which was presented to the best healthcare development of the year.
With our wonderful partners at Oxford Health, we took home the award for "Best Healthcare Software product", in which we submitted our latest clinical-based outcome report: A good nights sleep in mental health hospitals (Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Oxehealth), where results showed improved wellbeing and quicker recovery is now possible for mental health patients.
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust developed a new observation protocol that enables nurses on the ward to use the DCA alongside their clinical judgment to avoid disrupting patients’ sleep.
The trust installed the DCA in six higher acuity bedrooms on Vaughan Thomas, a male inpatient ward at Warneford Hospital, where nurses would normally check on patients in person every 15/30 minutes during the night.
Using an optical sensor, the software detects and alerts staff to patient movement and can measure their vital signs with medical grade accuracy (Class IIa medical device; spot check pulse & breathing rate observations; world first software). As there is no device attached to the patient, the system allows for regular checks without disruption. It works even in total darkness.
“Nurses have seen this as a way to improve their relationship with patients and their experience of the ward. The project has also shown staff that problems can be solved. We can be innovative and use technology to deliver real benefits for patients.”
An evaluation of the new approach at Oxford Health found the observation protocol allowed nurses to check on patients at night without waking them up or disturbing their rest.
Between February and April this year, more than 5,000 observations were undertaken over 300 patient-nights using the new protocol. An in-depth evaluation of a 52-observation sample over six nights confirmed observations done with the help of the Digital Care Assistant were just as safe as those done without it.