NHS Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) project has been shortlisted for a category in the Health Service Journal Value in Healthcare Congress and Awards.
The innovative £4.5 million project aims to improve patient care by allowing doctors in Birmingham to access their computer desktop securely from anywhere and on any mobile device with an internet connection, such as smartphone, laptop or tablet.
Dr Masood Nazir, NHS Birmingham CrossCity CCG’s Information Lead and a Hall Green GP, said: “I am delighted that we have been shortlisted for this prestigious award, which is going to make a real difference to our patients and our busy healthcare professionals in Birmingham.
“As a GP, the ability to have a system that follows me where I need to work is invaluable – be that in my patient’s home, nursing home, another practice or elsewhere. Because I will not be tied to my practice, I can work in a far more flexible manner, providing a better service for my patients.
“As VDI does not store patient data on my devices, but allows me to access it remotely, it is a safe way to view and add to my patient’s notes. All the information I am able to access is protected by the NHS smartcard access token for all users.
“We are also proud that by replacing our desktop computers in GP surgeries across Birmingham with low power consumption zero client devices, we will also be reducing our CO2 emissions by around 30%.”
NHS Birmingham CrossCity CCG is piloting the project at several GP practices in 2016 before rolling VDI out to its 100 GP practices. It is working on the project with its delivery partner Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (MLCSU).
Debbie Bywater, Chief Information Officer for MLCSU, said: “This is a fantastic example of technological innovation being adopted in order to improve patient care, clinician efficiency and security of clinical information, at the same time as driving down costs of IT to enable reinvestment elsewhere. This project will also drive down power usage with GP practices, contributing to reducing the carbon footprint of the NHS.
“One of the key benefits of the system is mobility, with clinicians being able to access their clinical system from any location on any device where an internet connection is available. It will significantly improve the care available to patients when they are visited at home, or staying in care homes or nursing homes where this facility has not been available before. The e-Innovations and IT Teams within the CSU have been working closely with Birmingham CrossCity CCG on this joint collaborative project and it is great news that the development is already receiving recognition for innovation in IT.”
VDI will be considered in the Use of Information Technology to drive value in non-clinical support services category of the HSJ Awards on 24 May in Manchester. More information on the awards is available here.