In 2012 the Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (QVH) contracted Ballard Chalmers to design, develop and implement an innovative cloud application — Telemedicine Referral Images Portal System (TRIPS). TRIPS transformed the ability of clinicians at 5 hubs located in the South East of England: QVH in East Grinstead, Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in central London, Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury and St Georges Hospital in Tooting to interact with approximately 200 hospitals emergency departments and over 7 million potential patients. The solution especially benefits burns patients, where speedy action is critical to the outcome of recovery. Most importantly TRIPS has helped to save lives and undue suffering.
The London and South East of England Burn Network (LSEBN) recognised that TRIPS would contribute substantially to its objectives of providing a framework for a coordinated approach to burn care. As such, it helped fund and roll out the application across the network.
This implementation of TRIPS by LSEBN has been shortlisted in the Telehealth category at the 2016 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards, to be held on 24 May.
The HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards recognises and rewards outstanding efficiency and improvement by the NHS. The awards continue to recognise excellent use of resources. But they also seek out examples of demonstrable improvement in outcomes, both within back office functions and clinical initiatives. Entrants demonstrated that they are striving to improve value and efficiency in healthcare and have been judged to be leading the way in this increasingly important area.
This is not the first time TRIPS has been recognised and awarded. In January 2013 it was awarded Microsoft Partner Solution of the Week: “Ballard Chalmers’ system eases communication, is scalable, easy to maintain and maximises utilisation of the hospital’s vital resources.”