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Neo wins EHI 2012 Award

Neo wins EHI 2012 Award

The EHI Awards 2012 in association with BT were the sixth set of annual awards that eHealth Insider has organised; and they were much bigger than any previous event.

So much bigger that a balcony overlooking in the main hall of the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden had been pressed into use as seating space, and the doors to a side room flung open to accommodate more guests.

Irish comedian and compere Ed Byrne couldn’t resist making a joke out of the situation. “Welcome to all the people out there watching on the screens,” he said. “Isn’t it so much better than being at home watching me on tele?

“Here we are to celebrate the unsung heroes of healthcare; the backroom boys, as it were – and there you all, stuck in a back room.”

A very different take on patient safety was demonstrated by the winner of the ‘best use of IT to promote patient safety” award, which was Public Health Wales for its Harm Reduction Database, Wales.

The database was set up in 2010, and it collects information from needle exchange programmes across the country, so it has robust information about the scale of injecting drug use and can plan suitable services.

Josie Smith, a research scientist at Public Health Wales, was so overwhelmed by the award that she had to sit on the steps outside the main hall to recover a little.

“I honestly never expected a judging panel to give an award to a project to support injecting drug users, because they are not a popular group,” she said.

“So it is so important to get this award. I am so delighted. I am so surprised. I just want to thank everybody involved very, very much.”

As Smith recovered, the next winners were announced as the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service, who won ‘best use of mobile technology in healthcare’ for a mobile service that makes standard operating procedures, maps, triage pathways and other vital information available to its staff.

Monday 08th of October 2012 [Back to News List]